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Old 09-16-2012, 04:28 PM   #1 
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Snail Population Explosion!

Hello,
My fiance has a 10gal tank that we put live Moneywort in. Well, about a month later, BOOM! Snails everywhere, and I mean, everywhere. We tried buying a Clown Loach to get rid of them but I think they were reproducing faster than the little guy could eat them. We gave him back to the pet store and are now looking for more ideas. He is willing to tear down the tank. I'm thinking we will need to trash the spong filter. He is going to throw the substrate out but has larger river rocks that he would like to keep. Any suggestions on how to make sure the rocks and fake plants are snail free for when we set the tank up again?
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Old 09-16-2012, 04:44 PM   #2 
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A few assassin snails helps. They reproduce in aquariums but super slowly. What other fish are in the tank.
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Old 09-16-2012, 06:51 PM   #3 
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Right now he has 5 cherry barbs, and 2 tiger barbs he's going to give back to the pet store. So really, just the cherry barbs and 3-4 amano shrimp.
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Old 09-16-2012, 08:06 PM   #4 
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If you have an extra tank big enough for the cherry barbs and loach you might put them in the snail free tank and "borrow" a large goldfish for a week or so.

Goldfish eat snails.

Make sure the tank isn't too warm for the goldfish first.

Keep an eye on ammonia, let the goldfish eat the snails, then return the goldfish to the store.
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Old 09-16-2012, 08:20 PM   #5 
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now that was smart.
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Old 09-16-2012, 08:27 PM   #6 
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Assassin snails rock and so do goldfish.
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Old 09-16-2012, 08:32 PM   #7 
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now that was smart.


I came up with this plan bc I had a snail explosion in my 2.5 QT tank.

But then I got joint custody of 3 large goldfish at my workplace.

So now I carry duckweed and snails over to them once a week.
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Old 09-16-2012, 08:34 PM   #8 
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A few assassin snails helps. They reproduce in aquariums but super slowly. What other fish are in the tank.
Someone sent me 2 assassin snails which arrived Saturday but they have not moved around very much as yet.

I have mixed feelings about putting them in with my pond/ colonies.

I might keep them in a separate tank for a while.
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:30 AM   #9 
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Get a piece of lettuce and leave it in the tank overnight. Take out said piece in the morning, crush snails. Repeat until snails are gone.
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Get a piece of lettuce and leave it in the tank overnight. Take out said piece in the morning, crush snails. Repeat until snails are gone.
Very efficient! Feed crushed snails to fish and shrimp.
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