From the article: Removing Aquarium Snails
Where do they come from? How do they multiply so rapidly? What can you do to get rid of them? Anyone who has fought snails knows it is a tough battle. Share you tips with others who are battling the scourge of exponential snail growth. Help others battle snails
- Use dwarf puffers to get rid of them. If its FRESHWATER, of course. They are aggressive to other fish and themselves, and with pester and kill other fish when all snails are gone. I think it's best to have a small 2-10 gallon tank with one or up to 4 in a 10 gallon and put them in the other tank when the problems starts again.
- —Guest Your homeboy
How to get rid of aquarium snails
- I don't know how to completely get rid of snails, but to thin the amount quickly its not hard at all. You will need a lg plastic cooking spoon and an algae eaters wafer. Put the spoon into the aquarium over night with the wafer in the scoop area, turn the light off for the evening and in the morning there will be many in the scoop area . Just lift out and you will have thinned out your snail population quit a bit. I do thin routinely to keep the population down
- —Guest Jennifer
wash plants with hot salty water
- I have bought 2 plants from a pet shop and saved one snail from dying for my beta fish bowl . And then the rest was dipped in a warm water solution with condenced salt for 10 minutes then rinsed the plant in a sink with cold water.
- —Guest shamsa
- I parboiled (2 min on high) a leaf of lettuce in water in a large soup bowl. Dropped it weighted with a veggie clip (non-floating) at night after lights out. Once I removed it in the morning, I also left it in for two nights and it appeared to snare more after two nights. The lettuce started to deteriorate after two nights. That's the longest it should left in the tank to reduce the possibility of nitrate increase.
- —Guest avraptorhal
- Ever since my Madagascar Lace was destroyed my a previously-unknown Ramshorn Snail population, I declared a full scale war on the snails. I'm talking diluted bleach, copper, the lettuce trick, traps, loaches, and Assassin snails. No more snails now!
- —Guest David Stokes
- Snail haters, there may be a solution! I used AlgaeFix by API to control an algea bloom in a tank that was also overridden by snails. The solution is NOT safe for invertabrates, the proof - after one month of repeat dosage (following package instructions) EVERY SINGLE SNAIL IS DEAD. Gone, not even a sign they were there. I had one type of snail, will anyone else try this and see if it works for their snail problem?
- —Guest Chris
Geting rid of Snails
- I have used train transformers "12v DC" many times to get rid of snails. I starded using this method when I was a kid some 55+ years ago. It may cloud your water for a few days but that is temporary. I will aso vacuum out the dead for a few day to get rid of the dead animal load. If your using a transformer keep it low and watch for air bubbles on the snails. They will detach and start falling to the bottom. Thanks Gary
- —Guest Gary Floyd
- I've had the same issue in my tanks before. The thing that I always do that seems to work well is that I sink a big lettuce leaf, let it sit on the bottom for 24 hours, and then I take it out and toss it. Most the snails will have found the lettuce and will be all over it.
- —Guest Kira
Snails in a 125g
- I have THOUSANDS of those ramshorn snails that piggybacked from plants that were tossed in thinking thinking the cichlids would eat the plants...well they didn't. I've used Quick Cure, 10 loaches(which didn't do anything) and 2, 4 oz bottles of Copper Safe. Still I have snails...HELP !!!
- —Guest JET314
Salt and lettuce
- I made a snail trap. Small Tupperware with 1/8 inch holes drilled in it. Add a little gravel and some lettuce and sank it. Snails crawled inside and I pulled them out. Then, when I did tank cleaning, I sprinkled everything, including as much gravel as I could get out, with kosher salt then rinsed everything very well. Took a couple of tries but now no snails.
- —Guest Nobody
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
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