Trumpet Invasion

yukondog

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I have a 30 gal. W/BDBS loaded with trumpet snails, it was a angel breeder, now I need to tear it down and do a deep cleaning but I want to get rid off the snails when I take and clean the sand, any ideas?
 

qchris87

Member
Put the sand through a strainer? I'm not sure if you can bake that kind of sand to sterilize but maybe someone can chime in about it.
 

TexasDomer

Member
I don't know how far the nearest Tractor Supply is from you, but I'd just buy a new 50 lb bag for $8. $8 is totally worth not having to pick out the snails/strain the substrate. I doubt you'd be able to get them all out.
 
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yukondog

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I thought about that also I have a tractor supply pretty close, I have some assassin snails in with them but they can't keep up with the trumpet snails. Thinking about it I will replace it, with all the dead snails might contaminate the water, its just not worth it, Thanks.
 

TexasDomer

Member
You could always pick out as many assassins as possible, too.
 

Ms rose

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yukondog

Member
Being that I'm going to replace the BDBS with new that gives me more time to deal with the snail sand, I think I'll flush as many out as I can, than let them bake in the sun for a few days, hopefully they dehydrate enough for air pockets to form and they float to the top, at least it sounds good in theory.
 

TexasDomer

Member
Eh, I had sand I was drying out for a few weeks and some MTS still survived in the damp sand. If you're going to dry the sand in the sun, I'd empty all water and spread it in a thin layer in the sun so it can dry all the way.
 
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yukondog

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I do it the same way I do gravel, I use a old bed sheet spread out on the deck and bring it in every night and respreads it the next day, on a good suny day I'll take the broom and re-spread it, after a week of this it is bone dry and ready to store or use.
 

TexasDomer

Member
That should work to dry them out then! I was thinking you meant drying it out in a tank, and that never seemed to work for me.
 
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yukondog

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It would probably take months in the tank. It will need to go on the back burner for now, TS is out till next week. I still need to get out the last dozen or so of angel fry.
 

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