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Lucy155

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Hi all-
So first, I still have a snail problem despite me trying to poison them all. I think I'm going to call these cockroach snails; they won't leave my tank! Any suggestions?

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I had a very severe pesty snail problem in my 75 gallon heavily planted tank. Almost every leaf, my substrate and glass were covered. I no longer can see them!! It took about three /four weeks of placing a small 10 oz. plastic juice bottle (very firm plastic), punched with couple dozen holes (used nail and hammer). I placed a cucumber slice inside and a couple stones to hold it down. Every day I emptied 100's of snails from the bottle. Unbelieveable! I continued daily until I had no more visible snails. It has been two months. I cut back feeding. I have not noticed any snails. It worked!!! P.S. Make sure you put the lid on the bottle. I lost an albino cory who wanted cucumber! The snails can fit through a nail hole, just fine!
 
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Agreed--don't go with poison.

I've had pretty good luck with assassin snails. They won't take down mystery snails IME, but they definitely do a job on pond snails. Besides trapping them and cutting down food, as Lucy and others suggested, loaches can do it. I don't know how big your tank is (pardon me if you already said), but if you have a friend with a healthy tank that would lend you a couple dojo loaches or pretty much any of the mid-sized botia loaches, they'll clear it up in a hurry. Introducing temporary fish to clear up a problem is always risky, of course, but it's an option.

Or just learn to live with them...
 

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With regard to the fry, can you have someone feed them once per day? That's what I do. Neighbors come, bring in the mail, feed the cats & the fish :) I use Liquifry, so it's quite easy to give the neighbor instructions on how to feed them.

As for the snails, I think they help the tank environment. They usually find their own sort of equilibrium in terms of how many there are. In one of our tanks, I had to do some culling, but there are naturally very few in there now, and I haven't had to remove any for more than a year.
 

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Hi all-
So first, I still have a snail problem despite me trying to poison them all. I think I'm going to call these cockroach snails; they won't leave my tank! Any suggestions?

Second, I am going on vacation for 4 days next week and was wondering what to do as far as food and lighting goes for my two tanks.

Third, here is a pic of my tank. I was just looking for any tips or suggestions; I'm still rather new to live plants. Thank you!
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Hi all-
So first, I still have a snail problem despite me trying to poison them all. I think I'm going to call these cockroach snails; they won't leave my tank! Any suggestions?

Second, I am going on vacation for 4 days next week and was wondering what to do as far as food and lighting goes for my two tanks.

Third, here is a pic of my tank. I was just looking for any tips or suggestions; I'm still rather new to live plants. Thank you!
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You are feeding them to much. Lay off so much food and they'll disappear.
 
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I had a very severe pesty snail problem in my 75 gallon heavily planted tank. Almost every leaf, my substrate and glass were covered. I no longer can see them!! It took about three /four weeks of placing a small 10 oz. plastic juice bottle (very firm plastic), punched with couple dozen holes (used nail and hammer). I placed a cucumber slice inside and a couple stones to hold it down. Every day I emptied 100's of snails from the bottle. Unbelieveable! I continued daily until I had no more visible snails. It has been two months. I cut back feeding. I have not noticed any snails. It worked!!! P.S. Make sure you put the lid on the bottle. I lost an albino cory who wanted cucumber! The snails can fit through a nail hole, just fine!
Agreed--don't go with poison.

I've had pretty good luck with assassin snails. They won't take down mystery snails IME, but they definitely do a job on pond snails. Besides trapping them and cutting down food, as Lucy and others suggested, loaches can do it. I don't know how big your tank is (pardon me if you already said), but if you have a friend with a healthy tank that would lend you a couple dojo loaches or pretty much any of the mid-sized botia loaches, they'll clear it up in a hurry. Introducing temporary fish to clear up a problem is always risky, of course, but it's an option.

Or just learn to live with them...
Thank you. I'm going to try the bait-bottle first. My tank is a 30 gallon, which I thought was kind of small for loaches otherwise I would have done clown loaches.
 

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