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Anyone ever tried a homemade snail trap?

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lucysmam Mon 26-Aug-13 18:09:57

Thought the little buggers had died off but I seem to have some new ramshorns lurking....

Any tips/tricks to get rid? Don't really want to go down the chemical route & nowhere local sells assassins although I would love to put a couple in, they're fascinating to watch!

EauRouge Mon 26-Aug-13 18:49:10

You can get assassins on ebay. I'd send you some myself but mine are taking their sweet time breeding hmm. Aquariums will never be completely snail-free and you'll drive yourself nuts trying to get rid of them altogether, but they can be controlled.

How's your feeding regime? Snails thrive if there's too much food so try and keep feeding to the minimum your fish need and hoover up in all the nooks and crannies when you do your water changes.

Katz Mon 26-Aug-13 18:50:22

get a figure of 8 puffer - they eat them!

lucysmam Mon 26-Aug-13 18:56:33

They seemed to die right off for a good while, have just spotted a few over the past few days. Maybe it's snail breeding season in my tank grin

I only feed a tiny pinch of crushed up flake in a morning & same late on with an algae wafer or piece of veg for the pleco every couple of days.

grin I don't think a puffer would go down well with my little fishes...aren't they more solitary types (I could be thinking of something else). Plus I'm not too keen on the look of them confused

Marne Mon 26-Aug-13 19:13:23

I use Assassins, have never seen any other snails in my tank.

Katz Mon 26-Aug-13 19:19:33

we have 2 figure of 8 puffers and they have 8 platy's and a plec as tank mates, they all seem very happy.

lucysmam Mon 26-Aug-13 19:24:16

hmm , maybe I'm thinking of something else then. Will look them up when I get the kids to bed.

Have to see if my dad fancies a trip to Viscum for me to get some assassins in there.

There were some physa's in there too when we first set it up but not seen any of them for a while either

Katz Mon 26-Aug-13 21:02:37

they can be vicious but ours seem friendly, think the big supply of snails helps!

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