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Old 04-14-2012, 11:46 PM
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My 10 gallon tank all of a sudden popped up a BUNCH of tiny snails. I have no idea where they came from because the plants I added, I added in October. I just noticed the snails this week. There must have been a couple and they all of a sudden multiplied a lot.

But how do I get rid of them? At least some of them? They're everywhere. Don't want to hurt the fish though and the fish are too small to eat the snails.
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Old 04-14-2012, 11:49 PM
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Squish em.

Honestly though, I have found usually they level off on their own. May not be the prettiest to look at but they often do keep the tank really clean.
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Old 04-14-2012, 11:56 PM
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Take your fish out and baggie them. Do a 50% water change with HOT water. Snails + snail eggs = dead. When the temps are back to normal put your fish back in the tank.
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Old 04-15-2012, 12:13 AM
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Get Assassin snails!! They eat all other snails and are pretty and cool. Though you have to feed them when they run out of prey.
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Old 04-15-2012, 12:29 AM
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Yah, snails breed like crazy.

Really I'm no help... other than take the snails out and put something on them to make them dissolve... salt? Am I losing my mind? LOL
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Old 04-15-2012, 12:32 AM
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Spay and neuter your snails people!!!
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Old 04-15-2012, 12:40 AM
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Literally, spay AND neuter them.
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Old 04-15-2012, 12:42 AM
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Literally, spay AND neuter them.
that is exactly what I was getting ready to post
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Old 04-15-2012, 01:14 AM
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Add lettuce. When enough snails are on it, remove it.

The snails are eating something, its a sign of overfeeding usually, though decaying plants are possible too. With proper feeding and healthy plants you don't normally get a huge snail explosion.

If you don't have catfish or other sensitive types you can use a copper treatment, but that will leave dead snails rotting. Same with hot water unless you do several waterchanges afterward.
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Old 04-15-2012, 01:16 PM
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I've been having algae outbursts too and the snails are all on the back of the tank feeding on the algae, which isn't a bad thing. Except the snails are ugly. I took out some of the sicker looking plants but the rest look good.
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