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  1. Default Kill snails while leaving cherry shrimp?


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    I'm pretty sure i've researched this to death and it looks like i'm SOL but I figured i'd ask anyway.

    30g live planted tank.
    only cherry shrimp are in it.

    over 9 months tiny snails have taken over. Must be millions of them in there by now. I've had 6-8ish assassin snails but obviously they can't eat enough or don't like this snail.

    Even if the assassin snails did eat the pest ones it would take 100x more assassins to take out this population...

    Chemicals usually kill all inverts...which would include the shrimp.

    Fish i'm pretty much ruling out since I don't want fish.

    lettuce method would take forever and wouldn't be that effective with all the other plants around...

    I only feed algae pellets every couple of days for the shrimp which seem to eat them up within a few hours...

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    Your correct on the poison method killing your snails and shrimp PUNISHER VETTE.

    This problem took a while to get to this point and it will take a while to eliminate it. Here is how I got rid of my unwanted pond snail explosion.

    Buy a turkey baster. This tool will be invaluable.
    When it's time for a water change instead of just getting the gravel vac out, start with the turkey baster. Suck up as many of those snails as you can with the baster and destroy them. Than finish up your water change.
    I used a small sponge to wipe the eggs from the glass while doing my water changes.
    Watch your feeding, I know you said the shrimp eat the algae wafers in a few minutes and you feed every other day but, cut back on the feeding for a time. Maybe go 3 days between feeding or 4. You said there are plants in the tank which will usually supplement the shrimp for a time.

    Sorry I don't know of an easier method.
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    This won't help with the problem, but it could prevent its growth: try adding some very porous rock (unpleasant for snail feet) and feeding the cherries fry food powder instead of algae pellets. The powder should get stuck in the porous rock for them to pick out, but the snails would be hard pressed to sustain themselves that way. I've fed amanos and bamboo shrimp on fry food (sometimes with a little spirulina powder mixed in) very successfully.

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    Very nice first post Pulmonatus.

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    No one could have more snails than I did. I started feeding sinking shrimp pellets and those snails reproduced worse than rabbits. I put slices of cucumbers in my tank and trapped a whole lot of them. I'd pull the cuke out, knock the snails off and replace the cuke several times a day. I also pulled the wood out of the tank and run hot water over it almost daily. But the assassins I got really went to town. Like you, I thought they could never eat that many snails but then I started seeing empty snail shells......everywhere.
    I have 0 snails now! It works.

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    Here are some photos....

    I used to have terrible pond snails(maybe bladder snails?) but I have a feeling the assassin snails have eliminated them as the ones I have now are tiny and have a slight point to them. Maybe the assassins don't like eating theses...

    I guess the only snail they really resemble is the trumpet snail, but they seem to stay very tiny and I remember seeing large trumpet snails...






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    I feel bad for the tank. It's hanging on with how little I do to it.
    Trying to get the algae issues under control first and foremost.

    Far cry from what it could look like if I took better care of it. :(
    Last edited by PUNISHER VETTE; 10-15-2011 at 03:20 PM.

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    And I thought that I had a snail problem. Good luck trying to get rid of them. Your tank looks really great though even with the snails. To get rid of pest snails what I do is reach in and grab them 1 by 1 and put them in a small bucket. When I have gotten all that I can (or am sick of removing snails) I squeeze the snails 1 by 1 between my fingers. That kills them. Just do this whenever you can and you might see a reduction in the population.
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    I used my algae scrapper for that. I'd just mash them against the glass and let them fall to the bottom. The snails eat them up in a hurry.

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