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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-14-2013, 12:31 AM Thread Starter
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Dealing with snails in a shrimp tank

in my 46 gallon shrimp tank I have a huge number of snails, mostly pond/pest snails with ramshorns and a few MST snails (not the issue here the others are)
Now normally I could just scoop them out when they swarm food I drop in for the shrimp, but with hundreds upon hundreds of baby shrimp running around I don't want to scoop them up too.

Any ideas on what I can do? I've put in one assassin snail and he's eating snails for sure, but not going to make a dent at all...

Throw me some ideas, and I'm all for DIY stuff and limiting how much I need to spend to help fix this. thanks
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-14-2013, 12:44 AM
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46Gallons. you could put a pile of assassin snails in there. i have 2 in my 6G edge just for reference.

there are also snail traps you could make.
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I have 8 assassin in my 20L and it hasn't made a dent in my population of snails
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If you can put the food in on a small feeding dish, the shrimp will scatter when you remove it, but snails usually are, well, slow as a snail....

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Lettuce method works good. Put a piece of blanched lettuce in the tank overnight, in the morning it should be full of snails, remove the lettuce and repeat for a few days or week or so. Eventually this will bring the numbers down to a manageable level.
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thanks everyone, I knew about the dish method but was looking for something more term. I might get a few assassin snails to add to the thining, and use the lettuce method.
thanks!
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