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FAQ: SNAIL Infestation! Why? What should I do?
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andrea
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PostPosted: 2004.10.20(Wed)17:45    Post subject: Re: FAQ: SNAIL Infestation! Why? What should I do? Reply with quote

Good golly!!! I have the opposite problem- I can't get or keep enough snails in my tank to feed my dwarf pufferfish...lol......get four of them and you won't have a snail problem any more!!

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I bought a plant that had a snail and now I have a million (so it seems). There was recently a post about snail problems. I tried the lettuce. Sad I have tried removing them as they show up, but I can't keep up!! There was another post about different fish that eat snails - can anyone help with the names of those fish.
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PostPosted: 2004.10.20(Wed)17:52    Post subject: Re: Snails Reply with quote

Happyface wrote:
Or you could go the fun way... Freshwater puffers are REALLY interesting, and they love little snails, and it sounds like you may have brackish water, and there are a bunch of brackish puffers. They are often evil little buggers, so reasearch thoroughly before adding them, but if you can fit them in, they're really cool, and would probably solve the snail problem.
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ABSOLUTELY....lol....I have the opposite problem. I can't keep enough snails in my tank. And they truely are precious and entertaining little fishes to have. Go get em!
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PostPosted: 2004.10.20(Wed)17:55    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alex wrote:
Rams(Microgeophagus ramirezi) might be a good choice, especially if you have a smaller tank. They can't eat the larger snails but they will eat the eggs and the baby snails so they will cut off the supply. If you get Rams try to get a male and female pair.

Alex

I can second that...I see my Rams eating small snails off the walls of tank and everywhere else!
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Tsartetra
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PostPosted: 2004.11.01(Mon)9:59    Post subject: 3 species of loaches that DO eat snails: Reply with quote

In fact, they relish them! In my 44 gallon, I have 2 Botia striata, 2 Botia morleti and 1 Botia modesta. All of these eat snails with gusto! I put about a dozen MTSs, thinking those will help me maintain my tank and the botias would not be able to eat them. WRONG! I think my modesta, which is around 7 inches in length, ate even the largest (approximately an inch and a half to two inches!) of my MTSs. I see lots of MTS in my 10, which has only kuhlis as bottom-dwellers, but none in the 44 with 5 botias.... So the idea that MTSs are not eaten by botia would seem to be wrong.

Also, I enjoy having snails in my 10, at least now that the predominant species are not pond snails! I added MTS and ramshorns( the rams 'cause I had a green carpet over much of the tank and no luck keeping any algae eaters alive! So I added ramshorns and they really did the trick!) and am happy with the results. If I have too many, I scoop some out and toss into the 44--where the botias wait happily for them to hit the gravel!
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PostPosted: 2004.11.16(Tue)4:50    Post subject: Reply with quote

puffers are most definatly the best way to rid your infestation. not only do you get a great fish, if you get a dwarf its freshwater and eats snals in the cutest way ever. I have a dwarf and a green puffer and they love to be treated to snails evry so often.
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PostPosted: 2004.12.19(Sun)21:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

clown loaches eat em as well
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Ruby2509
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PostPosted: 2005.01.20(Thu)10:44    Post subject: Reply with quote

do what my friend does. he has some clown loaches and they work like magic
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PostPosted: 2005.02.15(Tue)17:35    Post subject: will cory's help Reply with quote

I have Endler's in my tank and 2 glass catfish. I have a big snail problem. I have all kinds of babies in my tank also. I wasn;t sure if I should try the lettuce. I read loachess are good but I can't find if there compatiblle with endler's. Will a cory cat help withe snails. Pleaase help.
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PostPosted: 2005.02.16(Wed)13:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

The smaller varieties of loach (rostrata, striata) should be compatible with your endler's. They would also add character and nice contrast.
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PostPosted: 2005.03.06(Sun)3:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got that problem as well. Last oct I got 1 apple snails since last tuesday I have found baby black snail thats are from a ramhorn snail. I have killed about 5 of them and thrown my apple snail in a pond. I so don't want to hire a clown loach that will out grow my tank quickly
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