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February 5, 2009
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What can I do to control Malaysian burrowing snails besides toxins or botia? I can see the buggers moving the gravel in the Amazon tetra tank, and now I have taken out my botia. I know I am going to have "Night Of The Living Undead" on the glass after dark. Any suggestions? do horse face loaches or anyone who wont eat neons do the job?

I suppose I can scrape them into the net at night and throw them to the gang of botias in the Rainbow tank, but ...YUCK /rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" />

February 5, 2009
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Assassin snails (anentome helena) certainly do, although you face replacing one snail problem for another. However, although my assassins appear to have cleared my little tank of MTS, they're not multiplying in any great number as of yet and I bought my original two in October.

They're quire cool to watch too - faster and larger than MTS. I saw a young one "hunt" a MTS down on the glass, climb over it and pretty much pull it off the glass onto the substrate when it started eating it.

February 5, 2009
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QUOTE (ulster exile @ Feb 5 2009, 10:34 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Assassin snails (anentome helena) certainly do, although you face replacing one snail problem for another. However, although my assassins appear to have cleared my little tank of MTS, they're not multiplying in any great number as of yet and I bought my original two in October.

They're quire cool to watch too - faster and larger than MTS. I saw a young one "hunt" a MTS down on the glass, climb over it and pretty much pull it off the glass onto the substrate when it started eating it.


I know it's off topic, but this just makes me think about watching the aquarium at a fish and lobster restaurant, in which you get to chose which species you want for diner (Sorry, bad joke) /blush.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blush:" border="0" alt="blush.gif" />

February 6, 2009
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Best way to control snails is to make sure they dont have enough to eat, they only multiply excessively if they have lots of food in my experience.

February 6, 2009
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Two ways to control snails:-

1. Very risky as can pollute aquarium. Place a small piece of raw liver onto the gravel. Cover with a ceramic plant pot stand leaving a gap so that snails, but not fish, can get under the stand. You will be surprised how many snails will gather.

2. At lights out float a blanched lettuce leaf on the surface. In darkness snails usually, but not always, gather on the leaf.

Regards David

February 6, 2009
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Wow David...the lettuce on a clip sounds like a great plan. I can throw the whole thing in the rainbow tank (rainbows and plecos eat lettuce, thug gang of four kinds of botia eat the snails!) /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

Those killer snails sound Very Creepy..what do they eat when they run out of other snails? /ph34r.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":ph34r:" border="0" alt="ph34r.gif" />

I never order the Lobster /unsure.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":unsure:" border="0" alt="unsure.gif" /> Which makes me a hypocrite for ordering the shrimp huh?

February 6, 2009
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I don't know about the assassin's non-snail food, although I've heard tell of them eating small shrimp. As i've cherry shrimp in that particular plant, I'll be looking to add some more MTS to the tank bizarrely!

I have loads of MTS shells all over the substrate - looks weird.

February 6, 2009
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I have never been at a seafood restaurant myself, but everytime I see something like that in a movie or on tv, there is one in our Dutch advertisement block on tv about the purest mineral water, that even shuts up a lobster from singing out of tune, I wonder what would go through the mind of the animal shortly before it goes ino the boiling water.
When I eat a piece of fish with my diner, I do get a hypocrite feeling too. I even turn my back towards the tanks... /cool.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.gif" /> /ph34r.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":ph34r:" border="0" alt="ph34r.gif" />

February 7, 2009
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QUOTE (thelizzious @ Feb 6 2009, 09:01 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have never been at a seafood restaurant myself, but everytime I see something like that in a movie or on tv, there is one in our Dutch advertisement block on tv about the purest mineral water, that even shuts up a lobster from singing out of tune, I wonder what would go through the mind of the animal shortly before it goes ino the boiling water.
When I eat a piece of fish with my diner, I do get a hypocrite feeling too. I even turn my back towards the tanks... /cool.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.gif" /> /ph34r.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":ph34r:" border="0" alt="ph34r.gif" />


Well, Nice Chefs put a knife through the brain (the lobster's that is) before boiling. But I still dont order them. And, dont tell anyone, but (I say as I post internationally public posts) I occasionally purchase a live crab in the grocery store and let it go on the way home. (I live on an island where the Dungeness and Blue crabs live). So what do They think when they get tossed in the ocean?? /wacko.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":wacko:" border="0" alt="wacko.gif" />

February 7, 2009
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QUOTE (Reva @ Feb 7 2009, 08:59 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Well, Nice Chefs put a knife through the brain (the lobster's that is) before boiling. But I still dont order them. And, dont tell anyone, but (I say as I post internationally public posts) I occasionally purchase a live crab in the grocery store and let it go on the way home. (I live on an island where the Dungeness and Blue crabs live). So what do They think when they get tossed in the ocean?? /wacko.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":wacko:" border="0" alt="wacko.gif" />


That they got "Lost"? Oh, no, sorry, that's the ABC show I always watch /blush.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blush:" border="0" alt="blush.gif" /> /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" /> /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

April 5, 2009
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Dwarf Pufferfish, eat them as well and as long as you don't have fish like bettas and angelfish, they will be nice additions to your tank.

April 8, 2009
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Another easy way of getting rid of snails is to put a small piece of lettuce in a small bottle with a narrow neck, the snails should crawl in and you can just pick the bottle up the following morning and empty them out /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" />

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