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Lakea
06-02-2008, 05:18 PM
I got some snails to raise for food, but today I found a transparent worm coming from the snail and I am guessing it is a parasite. My first thoughts were to toss the snails, but I figure I'd ask first. Is there any way to treat snails for parasites without killing the snails? Thank you!

Angila
06-02-2008, 05:24 PM
I am sorry i can't help you but good luck :c12: Wild turkey might know

Steff
06-02-2008, 07:08 PM
If it is a leech, just wait, until it leaves the snail, then put it out. You should keep new snails in quarantine for a couple of weeks.

Lakea
06-02-2008, 10:33 PM
I really don't think its a leech, my fear is that it might be a nematode, it look very similar to a roundworm. There were a couple on the tank wall, but they died and I assume because they couldn't attach to a snail. These snails are in a 2g that was pretty much their quarentine tank.

houie925
06-03-2008, 03:01 AM
generally snails will be killed by the meds that kill parasites

cocoa_pleco
06-03-2008, 03:02 AM
yep, any copper meds will kill inverts. copper is what is in most anti-parasite meds.

Lakea
06-03-2008, 04:49 PM
Yeah, I kind of figured any anitparasite stuff would kill the snails.

Well I looked in the tank this morning and the wormy things were gone, so Steff was probably right that they were leeches. I am going to do a wc today and see if I can't find the little buggers.

Steff
06-03-2008, 05:58 PM
To my knowledge nematodes do not harm snails and fish, I have plenty of them in my tank. I heared that fish love to eat nematodes.

Wild Turkey
06-03-2008, 06:22 PM
Yea like the others said, not much you can except remove the snails one at a time that dont have any attached. 99% chance anything that kills the parasites will kill the snails as well