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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-09-2012, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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how do i get rid of snails?

I have a planted 20 gallon tank and too many snails to count. I have one male betta who co-habits with 3 green coby's, 2 platy's and 10 tetras. I hae tried lettuce and zucchini, never find any snails on them. I pull out at least 30 snails per day and cannot get rid of them. please help
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-09-2012, 07:39 PM
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Assassin Snails? I saw it on this site
http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/p...06&pcatid=3106

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Assassin Snails? I saw it on this site
http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/p...06&pcatid=3106
they're not really that effective at stemming a population boom. they'll eat other snails, but unless you have a massive amount of assassin snails, the pond snails will multiply faster than the assassins will kill them. it is fun to watch them hunt, though.

So remember, when you're feeling very small and insecure,
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I have a planted 20 gallon tank and too many snails to count. I have one male betta who co-habits with 3 green coby's, 2 platy's and 10 tetras. I hae tried lettuce and zucchini, never find any snails on them. I pull out at least 30 snails per day and cannot get rid of them. please help
This may sound a bit gruesome, I squish the smaller ones that are on the glass walls. Fish love fresh escargot, fresh live food that is free--- am now retreating back to my dark corner.
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This may sound a bit gruesome, I squish the smaller ones that are on the glass walls. Fish love fresh escargot, fresh live food that is free--- am now retreating back to my dark corner.

lol i do the same but i take them out of the tank and throw them out. my betta doesnt seem interested in eating them
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This may sound a bit gruesome, I squish the smaller ones that are on the glass walls. Fish love fresh escargot, fresh live food that is free--- am now retreating back to my dark corner.
i do that too...the apple snail seems to enjoy the remains, but the fish kinda ignore them. anything Gail the Snail doesn't eat just becomes plant food i suppose.

So remember, when you're feeling very small and insecure,
How amazingly unlikely is your birth,
And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space,
'Cause there's bugger-all down here on Earth.

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LaVey/Crowley/Dahmer/Ripper/Al/Thor/Skadhi/Freija/Sunna/Mead/Mani/
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I squish them, too. Snailio Iglesias beelines for the remains.
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If they are egg laying snails, you can find their egg clutches and remove them.

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I'm not sure about bettas, but when I had a pond snail outbreak in my tank that had a single comet, I put some aquarium salt in the filter area (so the fish wouldn't eat it, he'd eat anything) ... about 1 tsp per 25% water change and poof, gone

I'm sure bettas wouldn't mind, and it doesn't have to be for very long. I know comets are hardy and don't care about water parameters.. not sure how bettas take AQ salt.. 1 tsp/10gallon was my ratio
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squish them!!! or let loose a couple of dwarf puffers, remove betta first
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