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PostSubject: Snail Problem   Fri Jun 29, 2012 5:22 pm

I am new around here and dont really know where to ask this question. I have several tanks and most of them have live plants in them but i have noticed my breeder tanks that have nothing in them but fish and some caves are also starting to have Snails somehow tranfering by themselves. I would like to know how to rid all my tanks including the ones with live plants in them of all the snails without killing everything or having to strip my tanks?
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PostSubject: Re: Snail Problem   Sat Jun 30, 2012 12:51 am

snails are a pain. The snails get moved around by using the same nets and equipment. there are several ways to get rid of them.

The best method is to get a loach of some description. they will smash down most of the snails and their eggs. Clown or pakistani loaches work best tho all the loaches will eat them.

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PostSubject: Re: Snail Problem   Sat Jun 30, 2012 1:30 am

I have heard of using Dwarf Gouromis also but every time I get them they are either hit or miss or they over eat themselves and die.
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PostSubject: Re: Snail Problem   Sat Jun 30, 2012 4:18 am

i had a lot of luck with using a clown loach, you can never really get rid of them all but the loach will certainly help control the population
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PostSubject: Re: Snail Problem   Sat Jun 30, 2012 8:41 pm


As previously said, loaches are good for snail control, I use zebra loaches myself, as they stay quite small.

Only thing to watch out for with all the loaches, is that they will snack on any escaped wrigglers and small fry if they get the chance.

Other option that I like is Assassin snails. They do a god job anddon't hurt your young.

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PostSubject: Re: Snail Problem   Sun Jul 01, 2012 4:18 am

Thanks Jon I think I might have to look into the assasin snails because of the fact all my tanks have little ones in them at any given time. but you say snails eat snails? lol
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PostSubject: Re: Snail Problem   Mon Jul 02, 2012 3:18 pm

Assassin snails do exactly as it says on the tin, they assassinate. Excellent pest snail remover and algae cleaner.
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PostSubject: Re: Snail Problem   Mon Jul 02, 2012 11:53 pm

jcvdjj wrote:
I think I might have to look into the assasin snails because of the fact all my tanks have little ones in them at any given time. but you say snails eat snails? lol

Exactly that the Assasin snails eat the other snails. And then when they breed you can sell them back to your LFS.... Cool

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PostSubject: Re: Snail Problem   Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:42 pm

I somehow ended up with an infestation of snails in my tank. Fortunately, I also ended up with snail-eating leeches, which disgusted me at first, but seemed to do the trick...
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PostSubject: Re: Snail Problem   Thu Aug 09, 2012 1:47 pm

Willow Midnight wrote:
I somehow ended up with an infestation of snails in my tank. Fortunately, I also ended up with snail-eating leeches, which disgusted me at first, but seemed to do the trick...
Snails can come in through plants from your LFS. Really hard to get the little invisible eggs from them, unless you want to use chemicals. But that should just be a last ditch effort as it all contains copper or some other nasty chemical that could harm your fish, especially your fry.
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PostSubject: Re: Snail Problem   Sat Aug 11, 2012 10:15 pm

best way to avoid future snails is to QT your plants before you put them in your tank. I use a 5g tank with just an air stone and add snail kill to it for about a week. Then rinse well and add to tank. But Assassins work very well at keeping pet snails under control.
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PostSubject: Re: Snail Problem   Sat Aug 11, 2012 11:27 pm

mpfsr wrote:
best way to avoid future snails is to QT your plants before you put them in your tank. I use a 5g tank with just an air stone and add snail kill to it for about a week. Then rinse well and add to tank. But Assassins work very well at keeping pet snails under control.
I agree about the Assassin snails, they are the best soloution to most snail problems that you will find in your tank.
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PostSubject: Re: Snail Problem   Mon Sep 03, 2012 8:42 pm

Hi,

assasin snails or most botia loaches especially a group of striata's will clear up snail problems easily.

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PostSubject: Re: Snail Problem   Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:09 pm

L-666 wrote:
Hi,

assasin snails or most botia loaches especially a group of striata's will clear up snail problems easily.

Chris
Definetly those work best. But try not to use both at the same time. Otherwise your loaches will eat your assasin snails.
Could get expensive.
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PostSubject: Re: Snail Problem   Fri Sep 07, 2012 10:43 pm

will the clown loaches go after pleco eggs?
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PostSubject: Re: Snail Problem   Fri Sep 07, 2012 11:19 pm

100% yes Sad

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PostSubject: Re: Snail Problem   Fri Sep 07, 2012 11:28 pm

Chad.C wrote:
will the clown loaches go after pleco eggs?
Yes they will.
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PostSubject: Re: Snail Problem   Sun Sep 09, 2012 3:33 am

aw damn! okay, one more question:will assassin snails harm plants?
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PostSubject: Re: Snail Problem   Sun Sep 09, 2012 10:27 am

Chad.C wrote:
aw damn! okay, one more question:will assassin snails harm plants?
No; they will leave all plants alone. They are carnivores and feed on snails and the odd left over food.
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PostSubject: Re: Snail Problem   Sun Sep 09, 2012 5:37 pm

okay,cool,thanks a bunch for the help cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Snail Problem   Sun Sep 09, 2012 5:59 pm

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okay,cool,thanks a bunch for the help cheers
No worries !!!!
Have fun with the Assassin snails and let us know how they go.
Marty cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Snail Problem   Tue Sep 11, 2012 3:50 am

its like the other snails know theres assassin's in the tank with them,because all of a sudden the nuisance snails are out of their dark spots and hiding places Laughing its kinda funny,already seen some empty shells
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PostSubject: Re: Snail Problem   Tue Sep 11, 2012 10:19 am

Chad.C wrote:
its like the other snails know theres assassin's in the tank with them,because all of a sudden the nuisance snails are out of their dark spots and hiding places Laughing its kinda funny,already seen some empty shells
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PostSubject: Re: Snail Problem   Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:08 pm

i had a problem with trumpet snail in my breeding tank assasin snails got them under control only ever see small ones now even got some im gonna sell back to fish shop
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PostSubject: Re: Snail Problem   Tue Sep 11, 2012 2:44 pm

TheJediCouncil wrote:
i had a problem with trumpet snail in my breeding tank assasin snails got them under control only ever see small ones now even got some im gonna sell back to fish shop
Wow, well done apparently they are not to easy to breed. Apparently they need optimal conditions in order to do so.
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