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Old 02-20-2010, 10:32 PM   #1
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DIY Pond Snail Trap

The other day I made a DIY snail trap, and it works really well, and I've seen so many snail problem threads I thought I'd share. (sorry about some of the pics. I used the wrong settings on my image resizer)

So you'll need just a few cheap materials:
a lighter
a screw driver
a tupperware container (I used a container that used to contain turkey, although the turkey was in a bag.)
and some shrimp pellets
I use the Wardley brand which they seem to love. I think its just a Walmart brand.

I didn't take pics of the process but it's pretty easy.

1. Wash the container with some warm water (NO SOAP OR CHEMICALS)
2. Heat your screw driver with the lighter. Be careful.
3. While still warm, poke holes from the outside into your tupperware container with your screwdriver. Reheat the screwdriver as needed and poke a few holes on every side but the bottom.
4. If your container is too light, put some rocks on top.

Because you poke from the outside, it leaves a raised are on the inside which makes it hard for the snails to get out.

I used mine only twice so far and at least half my snails are already gone. The good thing about it is that you can leave it in for a day or two without having to worry about them escaping.

Here's the first time I put it in.



and the second time:


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just out of curiosity, what did you do with the snails after you caught them?
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Well the only reason I had them was because I had gotten them a few years ago from the pond in my yard, so I just put them back in the exact same pond. Although they might have died since the water was so cold.
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im just trying to figure out what i would do with the 57809134209384714512340981234930123095713485710324 91823741892035 in my 55g tank... i could always put them in a 10g and try and give them to somebody with a puffer i guess?
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if you put them in the 10g it'll only make them a problem in there. You could give them to someone with a puffer, maybe even ship them. You could put an ad in the classifieds. Or you could leave them out to dry, which I used to do, but I feel its a little too cruel, so I don't do that anymore.
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well i have two empty 10's in the closet, so if i set one up, it would be for the sole purpose of the snails... i may even sneak them back in to the lfs that they came from
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maybe, if you want.
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Just thought I'd give a little update, Snails are almost gone! There aren't many snails left in my tank, so I suspect a few more times and I could be completely rid of em lol. Although I have to make sure I trap the snails that haven't hatched yet.
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That my friend is a great idea!! I happen to have a friend with some clown loaches and I'm sure they'll appreciate the snack.
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Thank you. That sounds like a plan lol.
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