Found A Single Tiny Pond Snail

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HI all, I just found a tiny pond snail in my 5.5 gallon betta tank. I removed it, I'm just wondering how to avoid an outbreak. Would an assassin snail be a smart move? Or would they end up breeding and becoming a problem? I could move some to my other tank if they reproduced but I don't want a bunch of them that's for sure.
 

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Is it a planted tank? Do you have a separate filter? There's a good chance you have more. If you really don't want an outbreak, remove your filter and either poison the tank for snails or flush it with really hot water.(remove fish too obviously). And clean the filter media well mechanically and sanitize the other filter components.
 
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MrBryan723 said:
Is it a planted tank? Do you have a separate filter? There's a good chance you have more. If you really don't want an outbreak, remove your filter and either poison the tank for snails or flush it with really hot water.(remove fish too obviously). And clean the filter media well mechanically and sanitize the other filter components.
It has three live plants that would be where they came from. But I don't want to go that far, I will kill all my good bacteria if I do that. I have a hob filter. I'm not wanting to get obsessive about getting rid of them to the point of dismantling my tank. I'd be ok with them in small numbers, I just want some tips on how to keep numbers under control. I'd love to know if an assassin snail is a good option. Or if snail traps are safe with tetras.
 

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You could put a slice of blanched cucumber in the tank overnight. In the morning you should have snails all over it. Just throw it out.
 

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First check for further snails. If you don't have any more there's a chance you won't have a problem.

And anyway, you don't have a problem yet. Snails only cause a problem in one of my six tanks.
 

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On my 29 gallon I had an algae outbreak “hair algae” and soon to follow a snail outbreak. I added some otos and cleaned the algae. No food for snails. I’m sure I have a few but haven’t seen them.
 

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I agree with Cichlidude Try the blanched cucumber, zucchinI or even a piece of lettuce first to determine if you have lots of snails. Put it in after lights out. Check it in the AM. The number of snails on it can help you determine whether or not you have a problem that needs a solution.

You may want to set the piece of veggie on or in a small container. If there are a lot of snails they will drop off when you try to remove the veggie. If it is contained you will be able to remove them easier.
 

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When I first introduced plants to my tank I soon found a tiny snail. I removed him. Next came 2. Removed. I came to an agreement with them, if they stayed hidden, I would not place them out in the sun! After a couple of weeks of this they were either gone or good at hiding. That was 18 months ago!
Patiently persistent !
 

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