Really Bad Snail Problem

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Okay so I usually have no real issue with snails, except for the fact that they've pretty much taken over my entire tank
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They're on the glass too, I even have limpets now... Go figure
How do I get rid of these dudes? I know you can get assassin snails but I've never ever seen anywhere here that sells em.
 

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I'm pretty sure a lot of people here use a lettuce leaf on the bottom and when they pile on to eat it pick it out and throw them away.
 

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You can attach a slice a vegetable to a string and then pull it up a little after darkness once some of the snails are on it. Or cut a top off of a Dasani size bottle and full it with some vegetables and then put the top back on it in reverse so the drinking part is on the inside. Then set it on the substrate. It will act as a trap. Depending on how many snails you have the process may have to be repeated a few times.
 

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Snails are probably the only things that breed faster than guppies! Only sure way I've found to get rid of them is to tear it all down and start from scratch!
 

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Hello! These snails are known as bladder or tadpole snails! They feed on the biofilm and waste in your tank. This means you can't really starve them out as they would probably die after all your fish! The best way to kill as many as you have here would be to bait them with the techniques listed above (I've heard zucchini and cucumber to work as well.) and place them in boiling water. This is a humane way of killing them instantly. Petstores and some aquarists say they are pests, but I only think this is because they don't know how to control them. They don't add much to your bioload as long as you keep their population numbers down. You can also remove them by hand for rehoming or euthanasia. Assassin snails can be purchased online, but you need to make sure the company ships their animals humanely. If you simply cannot stomach the idea of having bladder snails in your tank, I would suggest a total breakdown, such as Danio stated, boiling what decor you can and leaving the rest out to dry completely. The gravel can also be boiled. You could then get a lone larger snail such as an apple snail or nerite snail. I hope this helps you! :>
 

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Just remember that any fish you get to eradicate them will probably quickly out grow your tank. Make sure you have a definite place to rehome it.
 

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Another idea is ghost shrimp. They will eat the eggs and I am told even baby snails.

I can tell you that since I have added ghost shrimp to my tanks, I have seen a dramatic decrease in the number of bladder snails I see. I just pick out the adults as I see them. I was picking out like 30 in my 55g every day. Now it is just a few and I have to really look for them. I am thinking about adding more shrimp.
Also would like bamboo shrimp. They are pretty cool and huge. Not sure about their appetite for snails and snail eggs though.
 
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I have the opposite issue. I wish I could get them to breed. Trying to get a steady supply for my dwarf puffer tank.
I'd give them to you if I could haha, I have about 100 I think

Hi all

Couldn't get a clown loach, tank is only a 12gal cube haha

I'll try the snail trap, I don't mind snails but when they're in literally every corner of your tank they kinda get annoying. They get stuck in my siphon too since they're in the gravel. I wouldn't know anywhere that sells snails humanely and I'd rather not risk putting it through any harm
 
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Hi SuperK, I have had this problem recently and have almost cured it now.

I tried most other things as suggested but nothing worked.

What has worked for me has been to use a 10mm internal diameter syphon during water changes and suck out the snails.

It's OK if you can only suck out a few each change as eventually you will bring them down to an acceptable level.

It's taken 2 months and about 15 water changes of 2 gallons each so far.

Elimination will obviously take much longer.

I still have a few but they are still decreasing and the problem is largely solved.

The pic shows how many I had before I started, most visible on the right hand glass.

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I thought excess snails was due to excess feeding but in my case this is not the case.
 

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Okay so I usually have no real issue with snails, except for the fact that they've pretty much taken over my entire tank
ff6771c832012fc9bd4621668569bd7e.jpg

They're on the glass too, I even have limpets now... Go figure
How do I get rid of these dudes? I know you can get assassin snails but I've never ever seen anywhere here that sells em.
Depending on the size of your tank you can get a clown loach they eat snails
 

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I use algae wafers and shrimp pellets to catch mts. I swear they can smell these the best. Within a few minutes, I have a huge snail pile all over the food.

I like the tipped over water bottle method. I cut off the top and weigh it down with a rock.
 
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what do the assassins eat when they're done in a 12g tank ? ?????
The fish probably, lol

Hi SuperK, I have had this problem recently and have almost cured it now.

I tried most other things as suggested but nothing worked.

What has worked for me has been to use a 10mm internal diameter syphon during water changes and suck out the snails.

It's OK if you can only suck out a few each change as eventually you will bring them down to an acceptable level.

It's taken 2 months and about 15 water changes of 2 gallons each so far.

Elimination will obviously take much longer.

I still have a few but they are still decreasing and the problem is largely solved.

The pic shows how many I had before I started, most visible on the right hand glass.

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I thought excess snails was due to excess feeding but in my case this is not the case.
Sounds really long omg but I'll keep it in mind in case the other things don't work!! Thanks
 
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