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Post by Andy R on 24/10/2012, 20:22

Hi can anyone help I have recently started a new planted aquarium it is aprox 120L I have just noticed this morning snails on my plants and some speeding across the glass i have managed to remove some of them but every time I look there is more it also looks like some white stuff starting to apear on plants is this related to the snails any help would be appreciated please see pics

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Post by Siamese fighter on 24/10/2012, 20:31

This is a common problem with plants I know this sounds a bit nuts but you can get assassin snails we have those and they eat the snails or you could get some loache's as they eat them also, where did you purchase your plant's from?
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Post by Andy R on 24/10/2012, 20:47

Siamese fighter wrote:This is a common problem with plants I know this sounds a bit nuts but you can get assassin snails we have those and they eat the snails or you could get some loache's as they eat them also, where did you purchase your plant's from?

Hi thanks for your response I purchased plants from pet mania billingham, maidenhead aquatics & padock farm do you know if the white stuff is from the snails do the assassin snails eat all the other snails and not breed if so how many do you think i will need also what sort of loachs are you talking about I have seen some anti snail treatment from interpet but have read mixed reviews

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Post by debnel on 24/10/2012, 20:53

Clown loaches love to devour snails. They also have cool characters. If u ever need to treat tank tho u must be carefull as they are scaleless & u may need to half dosage
I had snails...till I got clowns.
Added loads of new plants lately, even some off eBay & not a snail in sight!
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Post by debnel on 24/10/2012, 20:55

Btw nice tank! Avoid using treatments if u can choose a more natural option
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Post by Siamese fighter on 24/10/2012, 20:55

Your more than welcome you have to be very careful with any snail treatment we have heard mixed reviews also, the assassin snails do unfortunately breed but they do eat other snails I don't think they breed as fast as the common snails but if you get maybe 3 or 4 as we have 5 in a four foot tank and they are doing a seriously good job and they don't eat your plants either, as for the loaches we have dwarf loaches but as I you can also get yo yo and clown loaches but the clowns grow quiet large in size it is best to get four or five of these as they prefer to live in groups.
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Post by debnel on 24/10/2012, 21:00

I have 3 clowns which have grown to about 3/4 inches
Bonus is that if you grow them to a good size then local pet shops likely to buy them off you at good price increase.
So u make profit too! I know maidenhead buy them when they are larger. They offered me good price for mine but I won't part with them till I have to
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Post by Andy R on 24/10/2012, 21:26

debnel wrote:I have 3 clowns which have grown to about 3/4 inches
Bonus is that if you grow them to a good size then local pet shops likely to buy them off you at good price increase.
So u make profit too! I know maidenhead buy them when they are larger. They offered me good price for mine but I won't part with them till I have to

I also have 3 clown loaches in my front room tank 2 about 3inch and 1 about 7inch would it be a good idea to put the 2 smaller loaches in to my smaller tank for some dinner only concern is they are to big for the tank it is 80x45x35 and will they pull out my plants as they have only been in a coulpe of weeks also is the white stuff from the snails



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Post by debnel on 24/10/2012, 21:31

Clowns can react poorly to changing environment. I would consider buying some small ones to stay in tank rather than moving them about a lot in short period of time. Maybe if u left them a few weeks..then moved back once sure tank clear off snails & eggs...
Don't know bout white stuff as cant see clearly on my phone
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Post by Andy R on 24/10/2012, 21:42

debnel wrote:Clowns can react poorly to changing environment. I would consider buying some small ones to stay in tank rather than moving them about a lot in short period of time. Maybe if u left them a few weeks..then moved back once sure tank clear off snails & eggs...
Don't know bout white stuff as cant see clearly on my phone

think i will get some small baby loaches i have seen some balck and white loaches not sure what they are called they look like clown loaches but black and white do you think they would do the same job or should i stick with the clown loaches also i have some small coridoras in the tanks will they get on ok

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Post by Siamese fighter on 24/10/2012, 22:08

The loaches you are on about are ladderback loaches and we have them in the tank and they all play together and are fun to watch, they definitely do eat snails we have them in with baby bristlenose and various community fish and they are really friendly and don't bother the others so you should be ok and to top it all of I personally think they are very pretty.
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Post by Guest on 24/10/2012, 22:14

if similar to clown loaches they could be the yoyo loach they will eat snails aswell i have botia sidthmunki which is what fighter said common name is ladderback or dwarf loach but if you get yoyo loach or assasin they would be cheaper option

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Post by Andy R on 27/10/2012, 19:58

Thanks for the advice everyone I have bought some Assasin snails today so fingers crossed

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Post by Siamese fighter on 27/10/2012, 20:02

may take a few day's or longer to get rid of them but they will eat them glad the advice was helpful
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Post by Guest on 27/10/2012, 20:08

you will notice a difference mate over few days to week

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Post by bill2 on 28/10/2012, 08:32

Things on the back of the java fern leaf are spore pods not snail eggs

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Post by Andy R on 28/10/2012, 13:56

Hi what are spore pods

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Post by bill2 on 28/10/2012, 14:00

its there way of reproducing beside plant lets

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Post by Siamese fighter on 28/10/2012, 19:55

I had a floating tank in one of our main tanks and when I took it out it had the same things on that your plants have and when I looked at them under a magnifying glass you could see that they where little snails you might want to take one out and do the same to see if they are snails or not.
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Post by Andy R on 29/10/2012, 14:31

Just noticed these on the bottom of my java fern any one know if these are snail eggs if so am I best off washing them off or just let the assasin snails munch them


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Post by rosslewisbrown on 29/10/2012, 18:32

You could buy some freshwater puffers, they'll eat the snails
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Post by bill2 on 30/10/2012, 09:55

if they are square they are assassin snail eggs

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Post by Andy R on 30/10/2012, 15:55

They look like squares with white dots in middle


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Post by Siamese fighter on 30/10/2012, 20:25

Did you have these previous to buying the assassin snails?
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Post by Andy R on 30/10/2012, 20:34

No I didn't buy they have only been in since sat

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