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Old 12-26-2012, 08:01 PM   #1
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I need to get rid of pest snails who are doing a # on my $25 abubias plant...they came with the plant and are popping up like crazy! at first they were cute but now that im losing plants im not happy..im seeing 12 so far and many babies...how can I get rid of them without harming my 6 nerite snails??
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Old 12-26-2012, 08:05 PM   #2
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Hmm. Dwarf loackes eat snails like crazy, but I don't know how big the nerite snails are. DL'd only get about 2-2.5 inches long max.
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Old 12-26-2012, 08:27 PM   #3
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You could trap them. May not elimenate all, but will keep the population down if you do this on a weekly bases. Are there any fish in the tank? if so smash the snails. They are a tasty treat for fish, but they aren't able to get past the shells. I've seen mine try a few times....I just smash them when I see them.

I was able to knock my pond snail population down by removing all adults and trapping babies.


But snails shouldn't be harming plants. Theres another reason your loosing plants. Snails have very little damage on plants.
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Squish squish...............
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Some fish can break the shells, but breaking them for the fish is better.
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Old 12-26-2012, 09:22 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by lohachata View Post
Squish squish...............
lol awww ...

@ Zebra, i just see the snails all over the leaves and now suddenly holes on the leaves every where...why would anubias get holes suddenly? I have a 6500K light, I dose ferts every couple of days and there are fert tabs in the substrate...leads me to believe its the snails? But perhaps I am wrong...any thoughts on what could be causing the holes?
My 2 10 gal betta tanks are taking off, plants look amazing..
but in the 20 gal long my chain swords are croaking and my anubias is suddenly getting holes, same lighting, same fertz, only difference is the snails..makes no sense :/

...so now let me ask...what exactly are snail traps lol?
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Okay, what do the snails look like? I honestly don't think snails would harm plants that bad... Have you checked water parameters? Does the tank have salt?

Snail trap: look it up, but it uses vegetables to trap them. normally takes a day or two to get them to come but they will come over night and in the morning you can get rid of them.
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Theyre really small, narrow golden reddish shells, seems as though they are somewhat see through. They have a pointy build and thick eye/antenna thingies. They are pretty to be honest but im nervous about them. I googled pond snails, they are similair to those snails and im guessing its most likely what they are.

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No salt, its a tetra tank

Is there a plant disease that could be occuring?

Edit* I found what they are! They are bladder snails! Are they same as pond snails? Are they okay in the aquarium? If they arent harmful, I need to explore other reasons for my plant decay and holes...any thoughts?
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:21 AM   #9
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Get a couple of Loaches... Your snail population will diminish rather quickly. But I would remove the adults ASAP all that you can see. I originally had assassin snails and after hearing so many war stories on the snails decided that I have no place in my life for more aggravation and that my tank is my sanctuary and hence forth I canceled the snails like a stamp. They were a good thought in the start.
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BTW assassin snails will wipe them out as well but then you just have to get rid of the assassins if you don't want any snails in your tank.
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