ahhhh, yep. honestly, if you're not worried about the plants, then i guess i wouldn't worry about the snails. just to remind you if you didn't know or did for that matter, any chemical that will harm the snails will harm the RCS.
Thanks, and no, I didn't know that. I appreciate the input. I won't be using any chemicals to rid them. I will be plucking them out of the tank every time I see them now. The eggs come off the glass quite nicely with a Q-Tip. I pulled out 7 snails tonight.
Actually, apple snails mix well with shrimp. The shrimp find food in the apple snail poop, and their eggs are easy to dispose of, since they're deposited above the water. If you don't want them to breed, just keep one, since they are single-sex critters (either male or female), unlike ramshorns, pond snails, etc.
If the shrimp would eat the snail eggs, I wouldn't be picking out ramshorns by the dozen every month. I crush the shells, and drop them back in the tank (a few at a time). The shrimp and crayfish like fresh snail meat.
Medium and large sized ramshorn species have thicker egg clutches than other pest species, there's a contact lens type of cover on top of the eggs, so they can't be touched that easily. And the tiny ramshorn snails have such small egg clutches that they might be left in peace and not found.
Pond (Lymnaeidae) and bladder snails (Physids) have jellylike egg clutches (which cherokeetestpilot has) which seem to be a part of the diet for shrimp sometimes. But that will probably not be enough. I don't have any experience with getting rid of snails, since I've always let them be and just remove some of the biggest ones once in a while. Picking them one at a time seems to be the best way and removing all the eggs you see. Oh, and I use my shrimpy biscuits as a bait for malaysian trumpet snails when I need to get some from the substrate.
I can't resell livebearer's ramshorns.
she made me sign some sort of
non-disclosure agreement :hihi:
I might scrape them off the glass
when they look ready to hatch.
Hopefully isolating them will help
give them a chance to grow up.
chaz, you near NYC?
your profile says SC.
the only vultures native to NYC
all work for the I.R.S. :hihi:
I'll try to remember to bring a few
snails for Fresh next time we trade.