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Post by Guest on 16/3/2012, 22:29

recently acquired an infestation of the slimey snail type
no idea where it came from but it's here in one of the tanks
i have been treating with gastropex but no good in fact to be honest the damn things seem to be thriving on it (i keep re-reading the bumpf and no-where does it say it's good snail food) so in despair i plan to strip the tank down and throw the wood and gravel away clean the heater, internal filter and airstone with neat gastropex and that just leaves the tank itself any ideas to beat these please
oh and suggestions for cleaning the tank would be appreciated
if anyone has a plan for cleaning the internal filter (eheim 2012) it would be most welcome too!

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Post by smoggs on 16/3/2012, 23:57

cant see any need to throw wood ect surely a good boil should kill off snails, as for tank cleaning i've used the cheap thin bleach a few times with no ill effects just give a good rinse afterwards with decholrinator
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Post by Guest on 17/3/2012, 07:17

Cheers smoggs
However the wood is out as is the internal filter and today I have only found about 15 percent of the normal morning find so I may yet even ditch the filter unless I can satisfy myself
I really do hate snails with a vengeance in case you haven't noticed!

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Post by rosslewisbrown on 17/3/2012, 08:54

What type of snails are they? Tadpole snails that tend to come on plants?

If I were you, rather than strip the tank, I would buy a puffer who'll eat them all - however if you've got shrimp etc then this isn't a good idea.

Also, if you've got a community tank I would only reccommend getting a South American Puffers and these are peaceful, skittish things. Keep them in groups of 4 or more.

Alternatively, a Pakistani loach or Yo-Yo loach should soon eat them up, but you'll be left with empty shells.
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Post by k3vinjam3s on 17/3/2012, 09:09

buy some kusuri koi wormer and dose the tank with this. it will kill them all of but may cause a slight ammonia spike as a result. remedy this with some water changes 2 or 3 days later and you filter should catch up.
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Post by Guest on 17/3/2012, 09:16

cheers kev i will give it a go
the tank will be empty anyway so the ammonia spike won't be an issue as i can always deal with that as and when it happens

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Post by k3vinjam3s on 17/3/2012, 10:53

Well no brained then. The active chemical in wormers is lethat to snails and shrimps. If no fish in I would double the dose to be sure. I think Teesside koi stock it or paddock farm should have some as they sell koi.
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Post by DarloKev on 17/3/2012, 11:21

I can bring round some kusuri discus wormer if that'll do the same thing

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Post by k3vinjam3s on 17/3/2012, 12:34

Same stuff, killed off my mts in my main discus tank.
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Post by DarloKev on 17/3/2012, 12:53

i'll bring it round so you can dose the tank

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Post by Guest on 17/3/2012, 12:56

oops!!
just accidentally drained the tankdown to nothing while catching my rio tocantins for the "spare" tank!
i guess no wormer needed now kev, i'll just bleach the tank as it's empty
aww!! no snails now!!

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Post by Guest on 22/3/2012, 17:36

ok so the lst stage is under way at the minute:-
my eheim 2012 internal filter has been running for about an hour with no sponges in it and is in a bucket of weak bleach/water once the hour is up i will set to with a bucket of clean dechlorinated water for another hour after that will have to start the filter up as if it was a brand new filter straight out of the box.
if the bloody things come back after that then i will drop kick the filter and throw the whole bleeding lot in a skip!
here's hoping i have evicted them!

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Post by Andy W on 22/3/2012, 20:32

I've got a boat load of ramshorns in my tank at the moment - fished them out of the 240l and dropped them in the newly set up tank.

I'm going to worm the fish with flubenol so it should kill the rest off.

Anyone got a puffer?

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