Originally Posted by Pilot00
Dont know if you can support them in your tank or want them but clown loaches are the way to go: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMnOGn2shHg
They are snail specialists 3 of them can destroy populations of snails.
The bloom you experience probably has to do with an abundance of food.
Throw in the tank 3 loaches and reduce feeding. They will exterminate them.
Clown loaches can grow to over a foot long. Almost a foot and a half if I am correct. They are sold in many stores, however, at about 1.5 inches, which is why many people plop them into smaller tanks. They need a minimum tank size of 75 gallons and do best in groups...although I am sure they are excellent with snails! If your tank fits the requirements and you are able to put in extra care for them, go for it!
But if not, try another method. I've heard good success stories about the lettuce and cucumber. However, I tried it a few years back and it didn't work AT ALL. There was not one snail on that thing! Whether that's because my tank is planted, I don't know...but it's worth a shot!
If not, I would not try to get rid of them with the stuff you buy from the store. If I'm correct, it contains a lot of copper, which is NOT good for the fish...personally, I'd rather just put up with the snails!
You could also just crush the snails as you see them...many fish like to eat it once it's crushed...I know, a little gross...
Like I said, though, assassin snails work wonders! Though I would get a few of them...it takes a little while for them to ge going, but once they do....empty snail shells laying around everywhere! They are also rather cool looking and are neat as they like t bury themselves in the gravel
if your lfs doesn't carry them, you could probably snatch a good load of them off eBay for a good price! Keep in mind, though, I've heard a few people say they don't do much, but MANY people love them, as well. I hate snails, even mystery snails and others that people like t keep; they gross me out! But I love my assassins!
Also, a little tip, cut back on feeding a bit...many times that is the cause of the snail population explosion
Good luck with your snail problem! Hope this helped!