Originally Posted by Reagan
And now snails are popping out of no where. Ones I have never seen before...there's five now...?
Will they eat my plants? Oh my goodness, I really hope I don't have pest snails but it is what it is looking like.
It's probably too early to tell what type of snails you have so it's hard to say if these will eat your plants.
If you wish to get rid of them, I've read two methods that seem to work. The first is the simplest. At night, place a piece of lettuce you have run under hot water in the aquarium. In the morning, remove it and it should have snails on it. You can do this as many times as necessary to get rid of them. You can also use cucumber or zucchini.
Another method is similar but also seems to work well. Place an open plastic bottle in your aquarium at night with a piece of the above veggies in it. Should see the same results in the morning. And again, do this as many times as necessary to rid yourself of the snails.
You can also add loaches or assassin snails to your tank. Keep in mind, though. Loaches grow rather large and do best when kept in shaols. Larger tanks (55 Gallon and above) would be needed to promote their health and happiness. You can also add an assassin snail to your tank. He will gobble up any eggs or snails he can find. For this type of snail, though, because they are omnivorous, they will eat any other snails you add to the tank smaller than them (A. snails grow to 3"). Also, you will need to feed him additional food as he won't survive on algae in the tank. Brine shrimp, various types of worms are essential as a supplement for him.
I've never seen this myself, but a man with one of these snails reported that his A. Snail somehow caught one of his shrimp and ate it. I can't envision how that coulld happen, but it does, if true, show the need to feed this snail meaty foods to supplement his diet.
For your future reference, here is a link to a thread that describes different methods for treating your plants to rid them of snail eggs and baby snails before you put them into your aquarium. Of the methods described, I would recommend staying away from using salt in the aquarium. It will have some effect on the sanils; however, your plants will likely be killed by it.