Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: Oil City PA. USA
Pest snails like pond snails are the worst kind of life form in a tank. Not only do they breed and make an entire mess of the tank they take up valuable space that fish need for their existence. Snails require 1/4 gallon of space in a tank per snail. They take away the O2 the fish need and they poop all over the place and that has to be cleaned up by vac. or by tearing down the tank and cleaning the substrate. They are a menace. I detest seeing these type of snails in a tank when I go looking for fish or plants. I will not buy anything out of a tank containing these snails. Pond snails are Asexual and lay millions of eggs on plants and anywhere thy can. not many fish will eat them or their eggs and if the tank heat and the food they require are there there is no way to control them.
The best Idea in control of the little menace is every time you see one on the glass is to squish it. Trapping them is another story. When you trap them on a piece of lettuce or a wafer you have to make sure tha when you pull the trap that none fall off back into the tank.
Every time I see one in my tanks they are killed right off. I'm not going through the problem I had several years back. I ended up having to tear down 3 tanks and get all new substrate. The plants were all dipped in bleach. I should have dipped them before I put them in my tanks but I knew I bot snail free plants. (right) After I got rid of the problem in those community tanks I made sure every time I got new plants they were dipped and quarantined before they were added to any tank (and I still do) I bought loaches for the community tanks (I have 4 in each community even though They are not needed. they make a great addition to any community tank you have. they are fun to watch and they are a peaceful fish.
Any one here who says Oh I don't see anything wrong with them they are so cute, is asking for trouble in the worst way. Where there is one there are millions if you let them live.