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brenna
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PostSubject: how to get rid of snails   how to get rid of snails Icon_minitime5/30/2011, 3:57 pm

i have two ten gallon tanks and somehow have gotten snails in both tanks...i dont mind a few in my fry tank but in my other tank i dont want them in it. they look like the snails u get out of a creek. not sure how i got them or how to get rid of them...anyone have any ideas!!!
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PostSubject: Re: how to get rid of snails   how to get rid of snails Icon_minitime5/30/2011, 6:02 pm

I think there are DIY traps you can make, but I would just squish them when I see them...
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PostSubject: Re: how to get rid of snails   how to get rid of snails Icon_minitime5/31/2011, 1:19 am

Snail traps...botias seem to work pretty good (some loaches as well) copper should kill them off also.
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James0816
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PostSubject: Re: how to get rid of snails   how to get rid of snails Icon_minitime5/31/2011, 7:12 am

If you only have a couple....just pluck them out when you can. Chances are you will nip it in the bud before it gets out of hand.
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PostSubject: Re: how to get rid of snails   how to get rid of snails Icon_minitime5/31/2011, 2:41 pm

get you a little fahaka puffer.... but watch out he will be a tail nipper...

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PostSubject: Re: how to get rid of snails   how to get rid of snails Icon_minitime5/31/2011, 4:03 pm

Sounds like common pond snails . Some assassin snails would work .
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PostSubject: Re: how to get rid of snails   how to get rid of snails Icon_minitime5/31/2011, 7:46 pm

thanks guys...they have overrun my fry tank completely, i tried killing the ones i seen and all the eggs but always seemed to miss some
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PostSubject: Re: how to get rid of snails   how to get rid of snails Icon_minitime5/31/2011, 8:07 pm

Get you a little Mbu Puffer!
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PostSubject: Getting rid of snails   how to get rid of snails Icon_minitime5/31/2011, 9:34 pm

I know 2 ways. One, take an empty clean spice bottle, and just before you turn out the lights for the night, put a fish wafer in the bottom and fill it with tank water, and lay it on the bottom of the tank. First thing when you get up in the morning, pull the bottle, which will be full of eating snails, and empty all the snails out into the sink or trash. Keep this up for as long as it takes to decimate your snails. Smash any eggs you see attached to anything in the tank.

#2 take a piece of lettuce and put it on the bottom of the tank at night as in the above paragraph. You may have to put a rock on it to keep it on the bottom. Get up early and it too should be covered with snails to throw away.

It does take a little while to get them out, but you won't have to use chemicals this way.

Good luck! Pam :)
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PostSubject: Re: how to get rid of snails   how to get rid of snails Icon_minitime5/31/2011, 9:40 pm

PamM wrote:
I know 2 ways. One, take an empty clean spice bottle, and just before you turn out the lights for the night, put a fish wafer in the bottom and fill it with tank water, and lay it on the bottom of the tank. First thing when you get up in the morning, pull the bottle, which will be full of eating snails, and empty all the snails out into the sink or trash. Keep this up for as long as it takes to decimate your snails. Smash any eggs you see attached to anything in the tank.

#2 take a piece of lettuce and put it on the bottom of the tank at night as in the above paragraph. You may have to put a rock on it to keep it on the bottom. Get up early and it too should be covered with snails to throw away.

It does take a little while to get them out, but you won't have to use chemicals this way.

Good luck! Pam :)



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Slightly more time consuming BUT it does the job especially if you are not completely overrun with snails yet and worst case is that it only slows them down. Either way this is a great DIY snail trap. There are tons of ways to do it but many involve adding fish or other creatures that after the snails are gone you may not want in your tank or some chemical treatment which should always be a last resort. cheers cheers
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PostSubject: Re: how to get rid of snails   how to get rid of snails Icon_minitime6/1/2011, 7:47 pm

night traps and assasins snails work for my fine
good luck how to get rid of snails 393849
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PostSubject: Re: how to get rid of snails   how to get rid of snails Icon_minitime6/1/2011, 7:59 pm

I have a natural planted tank, and it's been 3 weeks since set up, I'm noticing some algae growth. There is no heater, so the usual FW tropical algae eating fish wouldn't do. I've thought of snails, but don't want to take over..... if only the beneficial plant friendly snails didn't reproduce asexually....sigh.
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PostSubject: Re: how to get rid of snails   how to get rid of snails Icon_minitime6/1/2011, 8:37 pm

You can go with nerite snails they do not reproduce in fresh water and eat algae just fine. Snails will eat other easier to obtain food (aka left over fish food) before munching on alage. If it is hair/ beard alagae you might need to get a specialist...Florida flag fish keeps my unheated 55 (temp 73 degs...room temp) almost completley free of hair algae.
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PostSubject: Re: how to get rid of snails   how to get rid of snails Icon_minitime6/1/2011, 8:57 pm

thanks for the info Elrollo...

OP: sorry to hijack the thread! I just realized that...
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PostSubject: Re: how to get rid of snails   how to get rid of snails Icon_minitime6/1/2011, 10:46 pm

Ahh do not worry I have seen this same thread content about 20 times on the forum
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Startingover365
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PostSubject: Re: how to get rid of snails   how to get rid of snails Icon_minitime6/26/2011, 11:40 am

You could always sell them,to people who breed assassin snails?
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