How to deal with snails?

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How to deal with snails?

Postby Pickle » Tue Aug 07, 2012 12:38 pm

Hi Gang

It's been a while since I was last here, mainly because I got such good advice here that my fish tank has been going very well! :D

However, snails started to take over recently so I did a complete clean up. On Sunday I took all the water out and cleaned up the place. Put it all back together with a 40% water change and everyone seems happy. Only now I cannot decide how to keep the snails from returning.

Do I:

- Use the lettuce method
- Buy some loaches
- leave them completely alone
- scrape them out by hand as and when

I like the idea of yoyo or clown loaches but am not sure if the plecos will like them. I've also read that loaches should be kept in groups of a minimum of 5 - my tank is only 20 gallons which isn't big enough. :(

I got the plecos to keep the glass clean but green stuff (algae) is still appearing on the glass anyway. I rarely see them on the glass, they spend most of the time hiding under the wood anyway.

Question, do loaches help with keeping algae levels low? If so then perhaps in the future I could have loaches instead of plecos? :?

What do you guys do?
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Re: How to deal with snails?

Postby englishmx » Tue Aug 07, 2012 3:25 pm

Cut down on your feeding and remove any unwanted snails by hand, they will soon all vanish if that's what you want.

Nothing will keep your glass 100% algae free, that's your job :wink:
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Re: How to deal with snails?

Postby Carylnz » Tue Aug 07, 2012 10:19 pm

Cutting down the feeding may also help with the algae problem. I never have algae so can't help. I also feed a lot less often than most.
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Re: How to deal with snails?

Postby Pickle » Thu Aug 09, 2012 7:16 am

Ok, am feeding much less now and will see how it goes.

Thank you.
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