MY snails aren't bad!
- Wow. My entire clean-up crew (as in getting rid of algae) consists of the rounded snails and the longer trumpet snail. I have no other algae-eater type fish in the tank, although at one time I have tried Otoclinus, Gold Chinese alga eaters and even the Red Finned shark (who just turned into a mean little so and so). Right now I have a planted tank of mixed Tetras (Buenos Aires, Diamond and Silver-Tipped), and the snails. I find them to be efficient and not too terrible about grazing on the plants.
- —Guest Oddsoxdi
Snail problems anyone????
- My tank was heavily infested by those gremlins of snails. I introduced 3 baby clown Loaches and for the first few weeks they didn't even know that snails are actually food for them. But as soon as they did work it out, the tank is now full of empty snail shells and now I'm thinking of buying those pest snails (how pathetic).
- —Guest Kas
- I have several kinds of puffers, including South American puffers, who are notorious for overgrowing their teeth. *My* snail problem is that I can't keep enough of them. And all my tanks are planted, so they really have no excuse. Interesting that the article suggests that bettas will eat them, because currently the only tank I have that has a successful snail population (not counting the apple snails in my goldfish tank) is a 5.5 gallon betta tank.
A Natural Part of My Guppy Tanks
- I've never had a problem with snails. The few I have are smaller than the tip of my little finger. The snails feed on the algae and some of the plants, but not enough that I change my tank routine to get rid of them. I have larger tanks and do relatively large water changes every two weeks. I have fairly heavily stocked and planted tanks and feed the fish twice a day. Snails are a natural addition to my tanks. I must admit I like having them.
- —Guest BBradbury
- I bought a pea puffer. He was teeny 1/8 of an inch when we got him. Actually schooled with some guppies at that size. Full grown he is only an inch. Doesn't bother anything bigger than a blueberry. Doesn't bother shrimp. Cheap at $4. Supplemental feeding of frozen bloodworms and/or brine shrimp. He will nip at fins but only when he isn't getting enough to eat. Keeps my 55 gallon free of new baby snails but leaves my mystery snails alone. AND they are cute!
- —Guest Kerry
- Let me start by saying that snails are often a great addition to the the fauna in your tank. They eat left over food, help with unsightly algae, and eat god knows what else that would otherwise rot and poison your tank. But if you insist: just drop some (sanitized) pennies into the tank. The copper salts dissolve slowly enough that it shouldn't be any big shock to anything in the tank unless you have some crazy sensitive in there. Still, it will kill the snails. If you don't see empty shells in a few days, start raising the temperature a degrees everyday (I wouldn't go above 85 degrees as absolute max.) Get it to a higher than usual temp and leave it for 10 days or so. Leave it that way, and if necessary add some aquarium salts. Let me stress that the key with all these techniques is: carry them out gradually and reasonably. You know the animals in your aquarium, so use that information to temper these methods. If all else fails, use chemicals.
- —Guest Kevin
- I use a 9v radio/torch battery , connect the poles-(positive and negative) with wires and put the wires inside the tank... electrolysis will take place. The current is very slow and eventually the snails start to die. Leave the connection ON for at least 2 weeks, also clean the residue on the wires every day for good connectivity. When the battery is drained -replace with a new one
- —Guest Nashir Mitha
- Put a slice of boiled cucumber in a worm feeder at lights out. Next morning empty down loo - 4 days all gone.
- —Guest mick
- When we got some earth eaters, they ate our snails.
- —Guest michelle
- I was sold a mystery snail and a yoyo loach together and I fell in love with my snail (bright yellow) and no one bothered to tell me that my yoyo loach would eat my snail. I had them together for over six months. plus my yoyo loach chases my other fish and plays dead.
- —Guest lovemyfish
- i have never seen anything as effective as asassin snails...they are little and so so powerful, you have to take them out of the tank once they have accomplished your purpose so they dont take out the snails you may want to keep. I think its their size what makes them so effective as in, they suck the snail that they are hunting out of their shells. pretty amazing. not many shops in the atlanta area sell them, but we do and our customers have had great success with them. good luck!!
- Hi, we had a really big snail problem when we bought an aquarium from a friend. The tank had been sat, with the gravel still in it & also some water. I went to my local fish shop & they sold me a Clown Loach, brilliant! I ended up gettin 9 more & they totally wiped out the snail population - it also saved a bit of food for a couple of days, they love snails!
- —Guest Shaz71
- Once you have snails, you'll always have snails. Get some loaches if you can afford them and they'll do the job. Some less expensive ways are to put a piece of lettuce in your tank. Snails love plants and will attach themselves to the lettuce. When the lettuce has several snails on it, remove it and throw it away. Snails are easy to net and to vacuum up on water change days. Both ways work to some extent. Finally, take a long wooden spoon and crush the snails. The fish will finish everything but the shells.
- Clown loaches, plecostomus catfish and weather loaches love them. I call them "pleco candy."
- when we have too many snails we crush them against the glass as they are great eating for most fish.
- —Guest mark s