Well, Crud. The Worst Is Happening At Last.

emmysjj
  • #1
So I ordered some plants from TrinsFish. I had some extra duckweed so I tossed it into my betta tank. A few days later, there’s a freaking pond snail on the glass.



I’ve only found one, but there’s probably more. I put it in the breeder box for now. I don’t want any snails, but I don’t have the heart to crush them. I can’t get an Assassin snail, and I really want a pea puffer, but I cannot set up any more tanks. I would throw it nearby lake, but they are probably invasive. Can I just put it in a puddle and call it a day? How do I get rid of it?
 
MaximumRide14
  • #2
I put mine in an old plastic 1.5 gallon with some duckweed... I kind of forgot about them... anyways at least I got rid of them
 
emmysjj
  • Thread Starter
  • #3
I wish, but my parents said ‘NO MORE TANKS’
 
Repolie
  • #4
Sorry, but you're probably gonna have to kill them to get rid of them. I also wouldn't let them live because they are invasive.
 
emmysjj
  • Thread Starter
  • #5
Sorry, but you're probably gonna have to kill them to get rid of them. I also wouldn't let them live because they are invasive.

What’s the best way to do that?
 
Repolie
  • #6
Leave out bait the snails to eat and when you see snails, take out the bait and put it into a container of aquarium salt, replace bait and repeat.
 
PonzLL
  • #7
craigslist

someone will feed them to a fish
 
Aqua 59
  • #8
How about putting a floating container with the snail and some duckweed in your main tank?
 
emmysjj
  • Thread Starter
  • #9
How about putting a floating container with the snail and some duckweed in your main tank?
I have it in a breeder box right now, don’t they reproduce asexually?
 
babiimoore
  • #10
I think mine are cute. they never live long enough to get big in my tank because there's not enough food and I only have like 4 or 5 at a time. they don’t really bother anybody.
 
emmysjj
  • Thread Starter
  • #11
I think mine are cute. they never live long enough to get big in my tank because there's not enough food and I only have like 4 or 5 at a time. they don’t really bother anybody.
How long do they live?
 
DuaneV
  • #12
Snails don't have a complex central nervous system. Just crush it. It won't feel a thing.
 
babiimoore
  • #13
How long do they live?

idk like a week or two?.. I don't keep track of them. I don't like removing the empty shells tho.
 
Zoomo
  • #14
I just squished 4 of the gross things this morning alone. One of them was hitching a ride on my mystery snails. That annoys me. Get off my mystery snails.
 
Pescado_Verde
  • #15
I wasn't even aware of this dirty little secret when I first started keeping fish earlier this year. I found out the hard way. Snails are just a part of keeping aquatic life. It's what they do in nature (hitch rides) and there's no way to stop them.
I for one welcome our new snail overlords.
Seriously though, put them in a small container, we'll call it their "home". Maybe have some tank water in there. And then you know, kind of forget about them for say 7 months.
 
mattgirl
  • #16
Once my assassin snails finished off all the pest snails in my tank I was wondering what I was going to feed them. Well I happened to find a few small pests in one of my filters. I move those little suckers to their own 2.5 gallon jar. Added an air stone and pothos growing out of the top.

I started feeding them mostly lettuce and occasionally a shrimp pellet or 2 or dust the lettuce with fine flakes and I now have lots of food for my assassins. The assassins will eat things other than other snails but I figure as long as I have them I will try to feed them their favorite food a couple of times a week at least.

while I was in the process of getting rid of the infestation in my main tank I had no problem whatsoever of wrapping those pests in a paper towel and squishing them. If there were too many at one time I would put them in a container and sprinkle them with table salt. It instantly killed them. It wasn't unusual for me to pull out a couple dozen of them each morning attached to the piece of lettuce I put in there for them as a trap.

the assassins could have eventually gotten rid of the problem for me but I wanted them gone quickly so I helped by removing and killing as many as I could and allowed the assassins to eat as many as they could find.
 
Hunter1
  • #17
I actually started up a 5 gallon and threw all of my pest snails into it. I feed a big pinch of flakes 2Xs a week. The tank actually cycled . Now the tank has hornwort growing like crazy and a bunch of the bigger ones, ramshorns?

Very few of the tiny ones.

I actually do a 30-50% water change weekly.

Now I have a small hospital tank that stays cycled.

In my other tanks I always have a few. If I feed moderately, they are manageable. Heavy feeding I have to repeat the removal process.

Initially I hated them but now realize they keep the tank clean.
 
emmysjj
  • Thread Starter
  • #18
I actually received a 1.5 gallon tank for free so I'll put it in there.

And a random question, do you have to cycle a shrimp tank? I'd put cycled media in there but I don't think they have enough bioload (plus one pest snail) to really buildup ammonia.
 
BottomDweller
  • #19
I actually received a 1.5 gallon tank for free so I'll put it in there.

And a random question, do you have to cycle a shrimp tank? I'd put cycled media in there but I don't think they have enough bioload (plus one pest snail) to really buildup ammonia.
Put cycled media in. Sure they may only produce a tiny amount of ammonia but they will produce some. Most of the bacteria will die off but a little will live and keep the tank safe for your snail.
 
DuaneV
  • #20
Snails are just a part of keeping aquatic life. It's what they do in nature (hitch rides) and there's no way to stop them.

20+ years of bleach dips worked for me. NEVER had a SINGLE snail. Not until a couple years back when I used my wifes bleach (I ran out of mine) to dip some plants and found out the hard way that she had diluted it a ton in the bottle. Now I have the stupid things in every tank. They are the bane of my existence. I kill them all and feel great about it. lol
 
Zoomo
  • #21
20+ years of bleach dips worked for me. NEVER had a SINGLE snail. Not until a couple years back when I used my wifes bleach (I ran out of mine) to dip some plants and found out the hard way that she had diluted it a ton in the bottle. Now I have the stupid things in every tank. They are the bane of my existence. I kill them all and feel great about it. lol
They sure are a pain. They are hard to grab unless you have long thumb nails and they for me anyway seem to do a free fall as soon as I touch them into my gravel where they are almost impossible to dig out. I use a net a lot. I push them up, then down with the net so they do their free fall and then put the net in the water to catch them free falling. If I cannot use the net because they are on a mystery snail or in a corner or by the filter apparatus so I cannot finagle the net or if I am in a hurry, I just put my thumb on them and squish. If I can successfully grab/net them, they go in my 5 gallon puffer feeder tank. When I squish them because I cannot finagle my net or are on my mystery snails, I will sometimes yell, "got you _____ (insert which ever word you would like here)," and do not feel even a twinge of sadness.
 
Pescado_Verde
  • #22
I mashed probably 8 little ones I found while doing my water change on the big tank today. No regrets.
 
DuaneV
  • #23
Kill'em all & let God sort'em out. lol
 

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