View Full Version : Should I worry

08-23-2014, 03:44 PM
Have what sound like a silly question, but have noticed increasing number of snails in the 55 gal tank, should I worry? Are there any types that are a definite NO NO? Don't know what type they are can post pics if requested.

08-23-2014, 03:55 PM
No, but it could be a sign you're overfeeding.

08-23-2014, 04:25 PM
Picts would be helpful but I suspect you've got either pond snails (small brown and mostly round) Malaysian Trumpet snails (also small but long and grayish) or Ramshorn snails (small and look like a circular horn)

They are all considered pest snails - especially the ramshorns and most likely came in on plants.
as said above, over feeding could be part of the problem but I have MTS in all of my tanks and over feeding is not the issue. They multiply like rabbits.
None of these snails are harmful in themselves but can definitely affect the asthetics of your tank - especially if you don't like seeing them. All are nearly impossible to get ride of.

However - you can add assassin snails to your tank and they will eat them and keep the population under control. You can also trap them with a slice of cucumber or zucchini as they will flock to both. At lights out put a slice on a fork so it stays at the bottom and in the morning it will be covered with snails. Remove, and repeat. Tedious process but it will cut down the population.

I happen to appreciate the MTS in smaller numbers as t hey keep the soil aerated which is good for the plants. Too many of them, however, and they will attach to the glass and cluster on the substrate and I find that very unappealing. I added assassins and now I have a good balance.

08-23-2014, 04:39 PM
+1 to both above I would post pics.

08-23-2014, 04:52 PM
thanks, that's a relief, read an article posted from AC about also using weighted down lettice (which had been held under hot water) at light v out and recover in am before lights on, will your suggestion first, thanks

08-23-2014, 04:59 PM
the lettuce works for until you get assassin snails, they will be all over it and then you just throw away and repeat if there more. some of the fish I suggested may eat the eggs.

08-24-2014, 03:04 AM
I've heard many people report the lettuce not working. Might have to starve the tank for a couple of days first to get them hungry.

When I used to give trumpet snails away to people I would simply scoop and sift them out of the sand with a net.

08-24-2014, 07:05 AM
Honestly,snails are not that bad. You just have to keep their population levels in check

08-24-2014, 09:40 AM
Any kind of bait works a LOT better in a bottle trap. Quite a lot of snails will let go as soon as they reach the surface.

08-25-2014, 10:18 PM
All snails out of 55g, able to remove them all after all hard scape moved into 140, only able to find about six hopefully once hard scape into larger tank, will keep fingers crossed.

08-25-2014, 10:23 PM
The eggs are tiny.

08-25-2014, 10:52 PM
Thanks, slaphppy7, just finished patting self on back for job well done:14:

08-25-2014, 10:56 PM
LOL, ye shall know the snail truth one day, Elder...

08-25-2014, 10:59 PM
Do I have to?(blush)

08-25-2014, 11:04 PM
Nope...get an assassin or two!

08-25-2014, 11:17 PM