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This morning while doing weekly maintenence on my 50 gal cichlid aquarium, I found a little snail. Because of a snail problem, I moved my fish into this NEW tank about 2 months ago, and they were the only thing from the old tank that came to the new tank. Everything else was brand new: water, gravel, decor, filter, tubing, EVERYTHING but the fish was new. I did put in 2 new plants after carefully washing them and inspecting them for snail eggs. I don't want another snail mess on my hands, does anyone know what I can do to get rid of them without hurting the fish? I'm so frustrated!

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Clow Loaches eat snails and so do some african cichlids...O. Lithobates and any other crusteacian (spelled way wrong) may eat them. Other than that??? Good luck...

 

THe Clown Loach is the best bet, and cichlids of all kinds usually leave them alone unless the cichlid is way bigger and hungry ;)

 

Jeff

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Clown Loaches aren't the only snail-eating loach. I believe most of the Botias also eat snails and they do not, as mentioned on your double post, need a constant supply of snails. They'll eat what they find and if they run out of snails, they'll accept nearly anything. My clowns haven't rejected anything-veggies, algae wafers, bloodworms, cichlid pellets, tropical flake, whatever. If more snails pop up later, they'll go back to eating those.

 

There are several snail-killing chemicals on the market but don't advise their use.

 

If you weigh down some sort of veggie and let it sit for awhile, the snails will cover and it you can simply pull out the snail encrusted veggie and toss it or sell it. People will pay for MTS.

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