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How do you get rid of ramshorn snails?

Discussion in 'Fish and Aquarium - all types' started by Boo Boo Magoo, Mar 11, 2006.

  1. Boo Boo Magoo

    Boo Boo Magoo New Member

    Hi, I have a Ramshorn snail problem, the problem being theres loads of them. I've tried enticing them using a piece of cucumber as suggested in my aquarium book but it didn't work, any other ideas folks?
  2. Fish Addict

    Fish Addict New Member

    lettuce or you can try just pulling them out but hand
  3. halinar

    halinar New Member

    If you can fine one and have space for it a clown loach does wonders also.
  4. pookiepets

    pookiepets New Member

    well i was
    reading some
    old post and
    one post said
    to use a old
    salt and pepper
    shake and put
    lettuce in it
    and lure the snails in there
    i think it shall work
  5. Boo Boo Magoo

    Boo Boo Magoo New Member

    I tried the lettuce!

    There were no takers for the lettuce and I think I'm a little over stocked already to try the loach. I suppose its back to picking them out with my fingers.

    Has anyone used Anti Snail by Interpet? Its supposed to just knock the snails out for a while so that a gravel cleaner can suck them up but I'm worried it might affect the fish!
  6. t_chelle16

    t_chelle16 New Member

    What are the ingredients?

    Also, any time I've ever vacuumed up a snail, it clogged the vac so I'm not sure how well that would work.

  7. dbltrubl98

    dbltrubl98 New Member

    I don't think anyone ever said anything about a vacuum chelle...
  8. t_chelle16

    t_chelle16 New Member

  9. Boo Boo Magoo

    Boo Boo Magoo New Member

    It says that it contains copper sulphate and there are no other ingredients listed. The only instructions are about the amount to added and to do a 50% water change within 4 hours after administration.

    The ramshorns are only small and the tubing on my gravel vac is quite large so it not a problem and I normally get a few out when I do a water change anyway.
  10. t_chelle16

    t_chelle16 New Member

    Copper is pretty harsh on fish. And I used a copper based snail killer quite a while ago and it really didn't do much for the snail problem (it killed some, but not many).

    Unfortunately, I don't know of any products/methods that are 100% effective for getting rid of snails (short of completely nuking the tank and soaking the filter/decorations/plants/etc in a bleach solution - which is pretty hard on plants. And it means the tank will have to cycle again - which will not be good for the fish). Some loaches are woderful snail eaters, but if you don't have room, that's not a very good option. I think when it comes down to it, you're just going to be stuck manually removing them.

  11. Boo Boo Magoo

    Boo Boo Magoo New Member

    Say I had got the room for a loach what sort should I buy? and how big would it grow?

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