Help Snails

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  1. Clyde

    Clyde

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    Hi Guys,

    Lately my tanks have become over run with snails. What can I do to get ridd of them? I'm to scared to use chemicals as i have heard they mite kill my fish and plants and taking them out by hand is out of the question there are fare too many. Please help what can I do?
     
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  3. sailing_derrick

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    u can get a snail trap at most good fish stores, works like a charm
     
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    Dirk just left here - he should reply some time this evening
     
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    Dirk Dwarf Catfish

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    Hi Clyde,

    Unless you use some chemical with possible negative consequences, the snail trap will be your only alternative....

    Kind regards,

    Dirk
     
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    I've heard of some people throwing in copper? Pro's/Cons???
     
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    small_fry Fish King

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    Pro: Will kill the snails and any other invert

    Cons: Copper will be in the tank indefinitely.
    Will harm BB
    Will kill sensitive fish, i.e. loaches

    if your tank is bigger enough just by some clown loaches...then dont feed for a week or so. your clowns will make a meal out of them very quickly. besides its healthy for the aquarium to have some snails in them. also if you dont address the actual problem you will continue to have snails no matter what. points to remember regarding snails:

    they enter your tank through plants. quarantine plants for 2 days in a bucket of water with some gravel in it. any snail living on the plants will move down into the gravel.

    over feeding will produce a snail population explosion (which is where your problem lies)

    GL
     
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    Carping MTS Victim

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    Alternatively, you could place a piece of cucumber or lettuce in your tank. The snails will come out and sit on the veggies to feast on it, then you can just take the veggies out with the snails
     
  9. solex69

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    Clown loaches are, IMO, the best in getting rid of unwanted snails. Chuck in 3 or 4 loaches in the tank and your snails will be gone soon

    Chiao
    D
     

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