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Old 08-24-2014, 07:46 PM   #1
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How can I get rid of these pond snails?

I have a 4 gallon planted with dwarf sag. I had shrimp in the tank, but dude to a poor caretaker while on vacation, $150 of shrimp gone. I am now left with a ton of pest pond snails and I am done with invertebrates for a while. I am just going to keep it a fish only tank for a while, but I want to get rid of these snails first. Is there anything I can do to COMPLETELY get rid of them besides assassin snails, dwarf puffers, or the lettuce trap? Also, if anyone has some ideas for fish that will do well in a 4 gallon, I have an aqua clear 20 on it, so filtration should be good.

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Old 08-24-2014, 10:27 PM   #2
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Redo the tank is best bet
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Old 08-24-2014, 11:17 PM   #3
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Put a little hydrogen peroxide in there and it should take care of the snails...as for fish some scarlet badis would be neat in there, maybe a pair of peacock grudgeons


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if it was a bigger tank loachs would do the job maybe an assassin snail would help
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Old 08-25-2014, 06:57 AM   #5
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I would prefer not to have to redo the tank, but if that's what it takes I will. As for the hydrogen peroxide idea, How much would I have to put in a 4 gallon and would it hurt the BB in the filter? Awesome fish ideas too! Always wanted a scarlet badis.


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Old 08-25-2014, 02:26 PM   #6
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The only way I have ever been successful in permanently removing pond snails is using bleach. This, of course, will kill every living thing in the tank.
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I just hatched an idea; If I went to Home Depot and got a small copper pipe and let it sit in the tank over night, would that kill the snails? I think snails are extremely sensitive to copper like shrimp, but I'm not sure and I don't want to poison my tank, anyone know anything about this?


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I have no idea if that would work or not but I would warn you to be extremely careful when treating a tank with Copper. It is very difficult to get out afterwards.
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I added some hydrogen peroxide about an hour and a half ago and all the snails have receded into there shells... Hopefully for good.


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Will you be siphoning out the dead snails out assuming they die? It's the ones you don't see that may be a problem. Might cause an ammonia spike (should be able resolve this with WCs).


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How can I get rid of these pond snails?

As of yesterday I thought all the snails were dead and I siphoned all of the ones I could find out and did a WC. But this morning there were 2 small ones on the glass. Which isn't good, but it's much better than the 100 that would normally be there. So before I went to school I put some more hydrogen peroxide in. Hopefully it does the trick.


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If you are left with just a few then hand pick them out whilst small. Don't allow any to reach breeding size. It's slow but effective and doesn't harm the tank or contents.


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