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Re: snails , the guest that won't go home
A time-worn method of reducing the snail population is to drop into the
tank a slice of zuccini (blanched, or not) on a string. As snails feast
on the zuccini, you pull it up, remove the snails, and drop the piece
back for another round.
mark bethke wrote:
> Good morning , I'm new to the list and would like to relate a problem .
> We have a 40 gl w/ a double biowheel filter . The tank is heavily
> planted and for the most it's a gourami tank.
> About a yr back I did find a pair of aplocheilus lineatus and they seem
> to have adjusted to the tank rather well .
> With all the plants it was inevitable that we would be importing snails
> , there are three types , one is a typical "ramshorn" another is a small
> thin shelled type that resembles a "marginela gastropod" the third is an
> inlongated snail that only eats detritus in the gravel , it's not a
> problem snail and seems to be more helpful then destructive.
> The other two types are destuctive to the plants and even get into the
> filter which stops the biowheels . I began a crusade to elimanate the
> first two types . I crush them then drop it into the water, the killi's
> seem to only eat the thin shelled types and the ranshorn type are eaten
> by the other inhabitants . it's a losing battle though as they breed so
> fast that I can't keep up . i turned to a snailicide, after three
> treatments there have been no true reductions in the snail population. I
> discontinued use for two resons , 1) , the snails weren't being
> reduced, 2) i don't like using any pesticide or chemical due to unknown
> effects in the fish.
> Any other suggestions???
> Also , is there a book out there for gourami people , i know this is a
> killifish forum but I would appreciate the imput .
> mark bethke
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