Pest snails

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I have an issue with pest snails in my community tank. I got two assassin snails a month ago but keep taking them out when i clean but they pop right back up. Any other advice to get rid of them?
 

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I have had bladder and Ramshorn snails in my tanks for over a year (with a stable population) and I have found ways to control their populations if you cannot get rid of them all.

1. Do not overfeed. Overfeeding fish food or any organic matter will result in a population explosion in snails as they will utilize the extra nutrients to expand their colony.
2. Control their populations by picking up natural predators. Various Loaches and Assassin snails make great inhabitants if your bladder snail population gets out of hand. However, they will only be able to help out so much. If there is a large amount of food and organic matter for the pest snails to consume in the tank the Assassins you have won't make hardly a dent on...

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Do you know of and understand the Aquarium Nitrogen Cycle?
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I have an issue with pest snails in my community tank. I got two assassin snails a month ago but keep taking them out when i clean but they pop right back up. Any other advice to get rid of them?


I think there are snail remover serums for aquariums but if you have any inverts or fish that are sensitive to it I don’t know how it would go.. sorry not much help haha.
 

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I have had bladder and Ramshorn snails in my tanks for over a year (with a stable population) and I have found ways to control their populations if you cannot get rid of them all.

1. Do not overfeed. Overfeeding fish food or any organic matter will result in a population explosion in snails as they will utilize the extra nutrients to expand their colony.
2. Control their populations by picking up natural predators. Various Loaches and Assassin snails make great inhabitants if your bladder snail population gets out of hand. However, they will only be able to help out so much. If there is a large amount of food and organic matter for the pest snails to consume in the tank the Assassins you have won't make hardly a dent on their population as they will reproduce faster than the Assassins can consume them.
3. Manual removal by placing a blanched veggie in the tank at night and taking it out the next morning. Bladder and Ramshorn snails are opportunistic and will eat most anything they can find. You will be able to remove good chunks of their population by doing this.
4. Regular fish tank maintenance. This is the biggest factor, regularly cleaning the tank and performing water changes will remove some of the waste and detritus that builds up (a food source for Bladder snails). Gravel Vacuuming the substrate will also help to remove some food sources as well.

Honestly, Bladder and Ramshorn snails IMO are not as bad as many point them out to be. They are great detritovores and algae eaters and with a little fine tuning on your end they can actually benefit your tank overall provided you manage to control their populations. These tips I gave you should help out some.
 
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