squishing them against the glass can release babies they may be caring, not sure if the fish eat these also or not :-\chickadee said:Now the first advice I got for snails and it came from a good source (Butterfly or Gunnie, I cannot remember which) was to squish them against the glass and the fish would have a feast. I could not bring myself to do it. Oh, and do not get a PUFFER and put in with your betta...they are a one species tank fish...they will bully if not kill almost any other fish put in with them.
I now have a tank that was being overrun with snails and I will not any longer use the "chemical" approach...I got the Botia sidthimunkI Loaches. They only get 2" long and they are adorable. The first couple of weeks I thought they would never eat a snail and this morning I got up and FEWER snails...hmm. I guess they have started to clean house. Part of it may be that they were so tiny when they got here but have grown to about 1 1/2" now. (my two new ones are still tiny but they are all 4 swimming and schooling together)
I would not allow them to stay in the tank as you will soon be covered with snails and they will attach to the fish. My bettas would go ape when one would get on them. They will attach to their fins and keep them from going to the surface to breathe and they can drown them.