I've read so much about snails hitchhiking on new plants. I've ordered some plants for the first time and want to treat them before adding to my aquarium. What is a safe and effective method?
The salt method is effective and not harsh on your plants and kills usually all of the snails and eggs. There are step by step instructions which are easy to follow and you won't have a problem.I've read so much about snails hitchhiking on new plants. I've ordered some plants for the first time and want to treat them before adding to my aquarium. What is a safe and effective method?
In my opinion yes, bleach and water might damage some of your more delicate plants. If you want to use the bleach method, it's 19 part water :1 part bleach.Is it better than bleach and water?
Are you sure they didn't come from the fish?Gastropex added to water, soak plants according to instructions on bottle for a couple weeks before planting in aquarium should get rid of snails that have hitchhiked on new plants
I did the salt bath for two weeks and still got snail explosions
No damage to any plants
Is it better than bleach and water?
Isn't this the same as dipping in tap water since it's chlorinated and kills all the bacteria and potentially all living creatures?I have treated some of my plants with a water/bleach mix.
IMO snails can probably survive tap water. The main reason it kills fish is due to the chlorine burning their gills, and snails are very tough little creatures
A puffer with a betta in a 5 gallon would not work, but an assasin snail would work. Assasin snails are freshwater carnivorous snails that feed upon other snails. Your nerite snail has a trapdoor which should protect him from predation
Now that sounds like a viable solution if bleach or salt solutions aren't successful.
What do you think the percentage of plants purchased have snails or eggs?
If you want plants but not snails get tissue culture plants. I have a heavily planted tank all from tissue culture but one and zero snails except the nerite snails I put in there.Yep....tub of cold water, 4 litres of water, 4 teaspoons of salt for 2 weeks
Bought Gastropex dosed the aquarium, took 2 lots of 3 day doses 7 days apart and finally got the snails under control.....but you can use Gastropex in a pre aquarium treatment bath instead
The snail explosions came before the fish, so had to have arrived on the plants
My second aquarium coming next week will have all artificial plants cos not having hundreds of snails again....it was a complete nightmare