Get some Clea Helena snails!
- Assasin snails (Clea helena) did the trick for me.......and have the advantage of being very small & undemanding additions to your tank.......unlike loaches! I brought about 5or 6 Clea Helena over the internet and just poppped in the tank..........they slowly but surely got rid of my trumpet snail infestation, and Clea Helena don't breed in the tank so you don't have to worry about having your assasin snails over running your tank....they won't.......they look prett too. Leaving bait and bottle traps do trap trumpet snails, but I found that you need to do this on a daily basis as they breed as fast as you trap them, making it a daily un winning battle. Assasin snails did the job in about 2-3 months and I assume they must also eat the trumpet snail eggs as you will notice less and less trumpet snails each week until they are no longer. Assasin snails also guarantee that you don't get reinfected, as the should the stray trumpet snail find its way into your tank via new plants or fish!
- —Guest KL
- Assassin snails have worked for me, though I fear my hammer's cobalt blue lobster may have eaten them all - I haven't seen any in a few weeks. However, they have a tendency to bury themselves, and every so often, a new batch seems to emerge. Anyway, they keep my main tank clean of nuisance snails.
- —Guest Wolfy
Assasin snails dying...
- I love my assassin snails, & I never thought I'd like any snail! They do the job yet 1 of mine killed another, I believed they were mating but then no snail in shell??? I have a hard time keeping them alive. I have tried the lettuce trick & I caught none. I am at a loss & can't even have one loach in my Rasbora Tank as it would eat my small Rasbora! Back to the LFS!
- —Guest aquagir55
- I purchased a new plant and 2days later I had at least 20 snails. Tried all sorts. Only thing that worked was once a week I removed all the gravel and boiled it. Rinsed the plants with fresh water. Within a month no more snails
- —Guest mute
Wait and see
- I have a tank of guppies... I see one tiny snail from time to time and I just went a bought myself a big one. I personally think I could use a few more but I guess only time will tell if the ones I have multiply and save me a trip back to the pet store!!
- —Guest sarah
- I had an ongoing problem with all these little snails all over the glass. I would squish them every morning when the lights went on, but they were still always there. This was in my shrimp tank. Well I guess I was overfeeding my shrimp a little bit and I started to have a real issue with planaria. So I bought some stuff from Orlando over at Greenleaf Aquariums called no planaria. It worked, and quess what, it killed all those little snails too!
- —Guest Jimbo
Pennies from Heaven?
- Pennies! Copper sulfate in tiny amounts from the pennies! Shiny new ones in the gravel, where the snails live. We used 7-8 in a 10 gallon fresh water aquarium. Worked for us...no shrimp...no snails in a long time now....4 weeks....prolly take about half of them out soon if the snails remain history. It's Workin' for us!
- I swear by my assassin snails, I have a few in each tank and they eat all the little snails. I was over run before I got my assassins, as I have a lot of plants. I really like how the assassins look too. Its gone from me having tons of little snails to now I see the odd one now and again. I would recommend them.
- —Guest fishlady
No more pest snails!
- They must have hitch-hiked on some new plants I bought. I was taking out 50 to 60 a day when I found out about another snail: clea helena, popularly called 'assassin snail' from Asia. They eat the pest snails! I bought 10 online (none at my local LFS) and lo an behold within a month there was not ONE pest snail in my tank. They are appreciated by aquarists and very good for the aquarium. Now they are happily breeding and helping to keep the substrate clean. However I also do frequent water changes. Yes, assassin snails are just a terrific solution. Try it. .
- —Guest Cloe
bye bye snails
- I was having problems with snails. I bought myself a crayfish, voila snails disappeared. They eat all the snails up.
- —Guest sarah
I'm watching you from the sewer drain
- Most pennies of the last 20 years are zinc, with only 5% as copper - best check effects of zinc on a tank if you are dropping todays pennies in a population with plants/moss/shrimp
- —Guest PENNYWISE THE CLOWN
Easiest & least expensive
- I was overrun by small snails and tried many suggestions to no avail. The answer to my snail problem was goldfish. Within 1 day all my snails were gone. Cost me 50 cents.
- I use 4.5V battery with 2 wires hanging over tanks edge. One of them is twisted together with 30cm bare copper wire and both wires / electrodes are submerged into the water. After 1 day I cannot see any snails at all in my 2 tanks, Fishes and plants are OK. No ammonia / nitrite spikes. I plan to continue this so that new hatched snails get killed.
- —Guest Josef
- I have been feverishly trying to kill these trumpet snails that must have come into the tank with some gravel with purchased fish, as no new plants have been introduced. I have been crushing them against the glass, tried boiled lettuce in a jar on the bottom of the tank, which fetched around a hundred or so the first night, but only two the second night? I've cut back on feeding my fish, and have introduced 10 assassin snails to help out with this tedious ordeal. As I have seen little change in the population after turning all the lights out for several hours, I'm still counting at least a hundred on the tank glass nightly. I have a 75 gal. tank with live plants and 2.5 inches of gravel. I'm thinking of introducing clown loaches, as well as a couple of copper pennies, as I read that copper will only kill invertebraes. I have 3 4 inch bala sharks, 5 ciclids, one 5 inch catfish, and one bristle nose, aside from the 10 assasin snails which I never see! Any suggestions?
- —Guest KIM GANNON
- Rid your aquarium of snails by keeping on top of the task. Take a minute to look around the tank for the pesky little critters and whenever you spot yet another one, remove it immediately before it has a chance to disappear and breed. It seems introducing new plants to the mix is the prime culprit in snail infestations so inspect and wash new plants thoroughly before adding them to your tank. I even soak mine in a mild bleach solution and then in conditioned water to make extra sure I got them all.