Cleaning out empty snail shells

Discussion in 'Cleaning and Maintenance' started by sweetsammi, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. sweetsammiValued MemberMember

    My Assassin snails are doing awesome, and have been breeding well. However, does anyone have any tips on cleaning out the empty MST shells. I was using the vac which isnt the easiest. I have to get really low to the sand to get enough suction, but the same time I dont wanna vacuum up any of my baby Assassins. Any tips?
  2. JunneFishlore LegendMember

    I use my fish-only turkey baster :) - works well on picking up small stuff like that
  3. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

  4. monkeypie102Well Known MemberMember

    Haha yeah I am now in the same boat as you (found 4 babies so far and the pair is still breeding like rabbits xD) anyways I have found that I need to remove them by hand as my vac really sucks (not in the good way) but i take the shells let them dry they I crush them and mix them back in with the sand so the calcium and stuff breaks back down into the water... plus it helps balance out the driftwood Ph wise :)

    Also before you toss the bucket out check the bottom carefully I case you do indeed suck one of the little guys up.
  5. mmolitor87Well Known MemberMember

    I don't have assassin snails but I guess my snails are just reaching the end of their life spans? Perhaps my cichlids are sucking them out of the shells.... I just personally leave the shells there. They don't really bother me.
  6. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    I scoop them out with a net....

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