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Old 04-27-2011, 10:54 PM   #11 
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Ha! Apparently I read to fast. Sorry!
LOL .. it happens!

I just picked another 5 snails out. They glide along the glass which makes them easier to grab! The fish stare and then peck at them.. so funny.
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Old 04-27-2011, 10:56 PM   #12 
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If they are small a goldfish could take care of it. My mom's tank had TONS of little snails until she bought her two red caps, and within' 24 hours they were all gone. I don't know about them getting along or not with your other fish, but that's just my experience. (:
Two fancy goldfish need a minimum of 30, preferably 55 gallons. This is a 10 gallon tank and no goldfish would fit (=

I have another suggestion! You could try.... a Betta! 90% of them kill/eat snails Mine beatup a mystery snail and ate away a pond snail problem. (Assuming you have enough room in that tank)
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Old 04-28-2011, 12:06 PM   #13 
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I dont know if this was resolved, but if you can remove the plants, put them into QT along with your fish, you can use medicines to kill them..

I had a bunch in my tank, chilling in the gravel, being nasty..

So I removed the plants, cleaned them off and inspected for eggs (egh!) and put them into QT with my fish, while I used 4x the recommended dose of an ich medicine with formalin and malachite green (copper based meds, which kills snails...and can kill plants), which killed the snails, their eggs, and probably everything else :p

After like a week, I did a huge change,added in new, unconditioned water (haha! TAKE THAT! CHLORINE RAH!), waited a few days, then did another big change until I felt comfy the plants would be okay, added them and the fish back. All the while I was checking the plants and killing the snails and eggs. No snails since :p
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I could put a Betta in there, but I honestly would rather not risk it. I have a pretty aggressive Platy and the filter causes a strong current in the tank. On the other hand, could I feed the snails to the Bettas?

Anyone know if a dwarf Gourami would eat snails? I have been considering getting one for a while.
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Old 04-28-2011, 12:09 PM   #15 
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I dont know if this was resolved, but if you can remove the plants, put them into QT along with your fish, you can use medicines to kill them..

I had a bunch in my tank, chilling in the gravel, being nasty..

So I removed the plants, cleaned them off and inspected for eggs (egh!) and put them into QT with my fish, while I used 4x the recommended dose of an ich medicine with formalin and malachite green (copper based meds, which kills snails...and can kill plants), which killed the snails, their eggs, and probably everything else :p

After like a week, I did a huge change,added in new, unconditioned water (haha! TAKE THAT! CHLORINE RAH!), waited a few days, then did another big change until I felt comfy the plants would be okay, added them and the fish back. All the while I was checking the plants and killing the snails and eggs. No snails since :p
Although it seems like a really great idea, I think the strong dose of ick meds would kill the beneficial bacteria in my tank and destroy the cycle. It took a long time for it to cycle and I don't want to have to do it all over again!
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Old 04-28-2011, 12:09 PM   #16 
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They probably wouldnt eat them, or not enough to help with the out break.
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Old 04-28-2011, 01:42 PM   #17 
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My dwarf gourami eats the little snails but once they get bigger he won't.. so u could try it but just be aware that if u have a powder blue dwarf gourami, they can be a bit aggressive as well.
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Old 04-28-2011, 02:02 PM   #18 
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When I used to have live plants in a tetra aquarium I had a snail problem also, I bought a pearl catfish who cleared them up really fast. They're also pretty :)

careful if you have small tetras like neons, I noticed one went missing each night O.O
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Old 04-28-2011, 02:25 PM   #19 
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I pick them out by hand and squish the gross looking egg nest during water changes..even then I always have a few in my 10 gallon..I have just gotten used to them..
Mine didnt seem to care to much for lettuce unfortunately...It is really odd how so many of them can pop up in as little as a few days..
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I think I'm going to get a dwarf golden sunshine gourami.. my LFS has them on sale now too! SWEET! I tried the lettuce thing this morning, it's still in the tank and I only seen one snail on it. I picked a couple more off the glass too.

I asked this question in another forum and a bunch of people said the snails do an excellent clean up job and to not do anything to kill them all. As long as they are bladder snails or some other kind(s) I was told it wasn't a big deal. I think what I'm dealing with is bladder snails so I can relax and just pick them out when I see too many.
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