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</DIV><H1>Millions of the little buggers...</H1><DIV id=Qtextbox><P><STRONG>Author: flashgordonv</STRONG><BR><BR>I've been away overseas for 9 days. I come back to find one of my 5 ft Tanganyikan tanks just covered in bloody snails. Little ones, big ones, huge ones everywhere. I have been killing them in their hundreds but am hardly making a dent in them.

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Is there some relatively simple way that I can nuke these little $%@#s without killing the bacteria in my filters or killing the fish for that matter?

</P></DIV><H2>Replies »</H2><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: gswalker</STRONG><BR><BR>there is a snail repellent you can get thats pretty good

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if they are the small reddish ones they are very hard to get rid of

</P></DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: Cichlid Boy</STRONG><BR><BR>There are some fish which love eating snails.. can't remember which (maybe loaches?) perhaps a safe way to get rid of them would be to add a couple of these fish?

</P></DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: Mazimbwe</STRONG><BR><BR>Rather than use a poison to get rid of the snail problem, get yourself a couple of clown loaches and toss em in the tank. In no time the snail problem will have been eradicated without any nasty side effects, viola!

</P></DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: fiona ls</STRONG><BR><BR>my hongi snaffle snails ...

</P></DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: cichomaniac</STRONG><BR><BR>I have also heard that the hongis are good snail eaters

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Luke

</P></DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: micks fish</STRONG><BR><BR>Hi there

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I had sails everwhere. just get 2 big clown loaches not to big put them in there next day all the sails are all gone

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</P></DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: krichmond</STRONG><BR><BR>if you are like me and arent really keen on clown loaches and neither do you enjoy adding any unwanted chemicals then i drop in thin raw slices of zuchini, after bn's have a had a munch the snails move in !! I can literally pick it up and place it in a net with 100's of snails in it !!,

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good luck

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Kurtis

</P></DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: mtchye</STRONG><BR><BR>Hongi eat snails? Do they just eat an occasional one or are snails one of their favourite foods like for loaches? Thats a new one.. I must give that a try!

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Any other fish, in particular tanganyikans, that people can think of that are good snail eaters?

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Oh, and in addition to clown loaches, the skunk loaches are also supposed to be even more avid snail eaters! Might be worth a try..

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<P><STRONG>Author: Taz sydney</STRONG><BR><BR>Neolamprologus tretocephalus is a natural snail eater!

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Hopefully they get on well with your other fish, this could be another problem altogether!

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Good luck!

</P></DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: mbuna1</STRONG><BR><BR>throw in a couple of Chilotilapia rhoadesii, they'll do the trick

</P></DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: FatVana</STRONG><BR><BR>I had a snail problem of epic proportions

I added two clown loaches. It was amazing to watch. They grab the snails flip them over and sucked the snail out of the shell in the blink of an eye. As a rule, I hate carnage in my tank but I hated the snails more so, it was amazing to watch. These guys went thru thousands of snails in two days. Now they live happily ever after in my tank. I recommend them for the snail eating show if nothing else.

</P></DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: nels87</STRONG><BR><BR>Hi,

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HmMmm... Everytime i get Clown loaches they seem to develop white spots, everytime, well twice LOL

So i'm scared to add them in these days, is my tank in bad condition or is it because of the aquarium i got them from? HaHa both loaches were from the same aquarium

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Anyone else get white spots when adding Clown loaches?

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</P></DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: MagicaDiSpell</STRONG><BR><BR>Clown loaches are very suseptible to white spot, but I have found that those from some shops seem to be more prone to develop the disease than others. I recently bought a few very healthy clown loaches at Auburn Aquarium. Just be careful that you acclimatise them slowly to the new conditions. I guess these fishies stress very easily.

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By the way, I tried the zuccini the other day. Guess who beat everyone to the treat: THE CLOWN LOACHES!!!!!!!! I guess that night the snails didn't have anything to fear, the two clown loaches were round and full by the time they left the zuccini alone. Hmmmmm!

</P></DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: ryan</STRONG><BR><BR>do snails do anything good for the tank ?

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</P></DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: MagicaDiSpell</STRONG><BR><BR>Well, apparently they do move the substrate and so act a little like earthworms in a compost heap I guess (not really a very good comparison, but there it is). So, I guess it keeps you substrate free from anaerobic pockets that may develop, especially around fixtures such as rocks or logs. But in my opinion, the disadvantages outweigh the advantages, if you are trying to breed fish.

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With substrate spawners the problem is obvious, the snails are active at night, when most fish sleep and so can get the eggs pretty well unharmed. With mouthbrooders the problem becomes obvious when you try to strip the females of her fry and instead find a couple of fry and lots and lots of snails, which the unsuspecting female picks up together with the eggs at the time of spawning. When comparing tanks with lots of these snails and tanks with hardly any (and looking at the same species), the number of fry was always greater in the tanks without snails.

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