Fish Folk - help?

Discussion in 'Hobbies & Critters' started by Heather, Aug 26, 2006.

Slippertalk Orchid Forum

Help Support Slippertalk Orchid Forum:

  1. Aug 26, 2006 #1

    Heather

    Heather

    Heather

    Administrator Staff Member Admin Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2006
    Messages:
    12,443
    Likes Received:
    11
    Location:
    Sacramento, CA. Outside w/ Southeast Exposure
    Snails are taking over my fish tank. Tonight I came home and they are all forming this weird snail mass. I broke them up, and they reformed. What the heck is going on, and how do I cut down on my snail population?

    I'll be draining most of the water out of the tank in a week or so, so I plan to try to catch a bunch and dispose of them but is there anything else I should do in the meantime?

    Perplexed!
     
  2. Aug 26, 2006 #2

    PHRAG

    PHRAG

    PHRAG

    Guest


    Snail orgy. Bow-chicka-wow.
     
  3. Aug 26, 2006 #3

    Marco

    Marco

    Marco

    Slipperless member

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2006
    Messages:
    3,967
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Great Neck - New York
    lol national geographic in real life is great aint it
     
  4. Aug 26, 2006 #4

    Heather

    Heather

    Heather

    Administrator Staff Member Admin Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2006
    Messages:
    12,443
    Likes Received:
    11
    Location:
    Sacramento, CA. Outside w/ Southeast Exposure
    Oh come now. Neither of you have fish. :rolleyes:
     
  5. Aug 26, 2006 #5

    Marco

    Marco

    Marco

    Slipperless member

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2006
    Messages:
    3,967
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Great Neck - New York
    I have some in my fridge in little containers you microwave. No snails though.
     
  6. Aug 26, 2006 #6

    gary

    gary

    gary

    Guest

    have you tried garlic butter?:poke:

    But seriously, you can pick them out by hand, get a snail eating fish, or take everything out inspecting for itty bitty snails and then start over. As you have noticed some snails can be a real pest and reproduce like mad. Sort of the mealies of the aquarium world.

    gary
     
  7. Aug 26, 2006 #7

    Heather

    Heather

    Heather

    Administrator Staff Member Admin Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2006
    Messages:
    12,443
    Likes Received:
    11
    Location:
    Sacramento, CA. Outside w/ Southeast Exposure
    I don't mind them in small numbers. They take care of the tank. But now I think they are mounting a war on the fish. I think I'm going to just have to take many of them out next week.

    (So really, what is that they're doing - is this some great snail orgy going on here?) Geesh.
     
  8. Aug 26, 2006 #8
    The slightest dose of copper, as is found in most fish medications, is terminal to snails and other invertebrates...the problem is, you may never be able to keep snails again...Take care, Eric
     
  9. Aug 26, 2006 #9

    Heather

    Heather

    Heather

    Administrator Staff Member Admin Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2006
    Messages:
    12,443
    Likes Received:
    11
    Location:
    Sacramento, CA. Outside w/ Southeast Exposure
    Hmmm. I'd really rather a balance of some sort. The snails keep my tank balanced. But they are TOTALLY out of balance right now! lol!
     
  10. Aug 26, 2006 #10

    Rick

    Rick

    Rick

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2006
    Messages:
    12,778
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Leiper's Fork, TN
    If your aquarium is heated (around 80f) you could add some of the botias. The most widely known species is the clown loach.

    They like to eat snails and leave other fish alone. There are other botia species too, but they are not as colorful as the clown loach, and harder to find in the retail market.

    Unfortunately the clown loach can be prone to ich, and is a bit pricey.
     
  11. Aug 26, 2006 #11

    likespaphs

    likespaphs

    likespaphs

    some call me brian

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2006
    Messages:
    5,152
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Cape Cod
    i'm a big fan of clown loaches. only thing is, they'll eat all the snails. they also require a tank that's been stabilized for a while, i think.
     
  12. Aug 26, 2006 #12

    Rick

    Rick

    Rick

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2006
    Messages:
    12,778
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Leiper's Fork, TN
    They do tend to be a bit wimpy. Other botia species are much tougher, and antisocial (with their own species).
     
  13. Aug 27, 2006 #13
    Probably the best thing is to mash as many snails as possiblle....nontoxic, and privides all the live food your fish could ever want...Take care, Eric
     
  14. Aug 27, 2006 #14

    Heather

    Heather

    Heather

    Administrator Staff Member Admin Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2006
    Messages:
    12,443
    Likes Received:
    11
    Location:
    Sacramento, CA. Outside w/ Southeast Exposure
    Well, when I drain the tank next week, I guess I'll go on a little mashing spree. Or at least remove as many as I can. I really don't mind 10 or so of them, it's the other 675 that are bothering me. :)
     
  15. Aug 27, 2006 #15
    That's what i've always done, just remove them by hand. By DO NOT squish them. I know someone who went on a snail squishing spree and somehow a piece of snail gut goo got stuck under his fingernail and got severely infected and he almost lost that finger.
     
  16. Aug 27, 2006 #16

    Jon in SW Ohio

    Jon in SW Ohio

    Jon in SW Ohio

    Reefer, the legal kind

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2006
    Messages:
    1,000
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Springboro, Ohio
    If they are the tiny black, semi-cone shaped snails...get used to it.

    When one of my tanks got overpopulated with them, I emptied the tank and started over by cleaning the tank with very hot water and scrubbing it down. They come in on nearly any live plant you put in the tank. That tank has since repopulated with them since I sometimes feed tiny live copepods and the snails always get netted with them, so now I just ignore them.

    Jon
    ________
    HASHISH
     
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2011
  17. Aug 27, 2006 #17

    Heather

    Heather

    Heather

    Administrator Staff Member Admin Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2006
    Messages:
    12,443
    Likes Received:
    11
    Location:
    Sacramento, CA. Outside w/ Southeast Exposure
    Thanks.
    There are two kinds, the little cone ones (I actually kinda like them) and then little round ones (such a description huh?) The round ones are much more numerous. I am sure they came in on some plants. They really do do a nice job keeping the tank spiffy, but they are becoming a bit of a menace in numbers now.

    How was the show, Jon?
     
  18. Aug 27, 2006 #18

    Jon in SW Ohio

    Jon in SW Ohio

    Jon in SW Ohio

    Reefer, the legal kind

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2006
    Messages:
    1,000
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Springboro, Ohio
    Show was good, but I have a few delays in uploading pics. My laptop (or apparently Windows XP) died but my techie brother says he can fix it. I am on his computer with the camera, but forgot the CD that needs installed to upload them. I got some great stuff from EcuaGenera, Orchid Inn, Woodstream Orchids, Oak Hill, and Andy's Orchids.

    I should have pics and a review of the show up by tonight.

    Jon
    ________
    Ferrari 166 Specifications
     
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2011
  19. Aug 27, 2006 #19

    Heather

    Heather

    Heather

    Administrator Staff Member Admin Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2006
    Messages:
    12,443
    Likes Received:
    11
    Location:
    Sacramento, CA. Outside w/ Southeast Exposure
    :)
     
  20. Aug 27, 2006 #20
    The round ones are the planorbid snails...they can become much bigger pests than the cone shaped pond snails. While they seem to be cleaning up, they produce vast quantities of poop....in all likelihood, making up more than 70% of your bottom crud...Take care, Eric
     

Share This Page

arrow_white