Sudden infestation

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29 Feb 2020 20:41 - 29 Feb 2020 21:10 #1 by Pat (Pat Coogan)
I just sat watching my tank this evening and noticed hundreds of snails in the substrate. I am tryingbto put up a video but it looks like a moving carpet. Nothing added to the tank in the last 6 months. How do i get rid of this. It wasnt there earlier when i did a water change. I would have noticed.
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01 Mar 2020 17:30 - 01 Mar 2020 17:56 #2 by Pat (Pat Coogan)
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No sign of anything in substrate today. No idea whats going on. Baffled. They are surfacing at feeding time. Whatever they are they are in the substrate.
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02 Mar 2020 19:16 #3 by davet (Dave Treacy)
Add 2 assasin snails, they'll make sort work of them over 2-3 weeks and clear it up. Other choice using a sort of snail trap is add some weight down veg like cucumber, snails go mad for it, simply remove the food and the snails with it and repeat

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02 Mar 2020 20:47 #4 by Pat (Pat Coogan)
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Was thinking assassin snails but these things bury themselves till food goes in. Will give them a go. Thanks

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03 Mar 2020 11:40 #5 by davet (Dave Treacy)
Assasins will hunt below the substrate, actually you'll find the assasins go below substrate after they've had a big meal to digest it as I've noticed

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03 Mar 2020 13:38 #6 by Pat (Pat Coogan)
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Didnt know that. Last ones i had were allways on the glass chasing little snails. These ones are different to the usual problem. I will be in seahorse the weekend and get some. Thanks

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05 Apr 2020 18:21 #7 by Stuart75 (Stuart Pratlett)
Get yourself a pack of YoYo loaches, after a couple of days you will never see another snail in your tank. They love to devour snails.

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12 Apr 2020 21:58 #8 by Kay982605 (Kate Yilmaz)
I once found I had the same problem, unwanted hitchhikers on some plants from the store... does't take them long to establish themselves! So I went and bought 3 polka dot loaches and they demolished them in no time. Providing you get at least 3, have plenty of plants and hideyholes they'll also come out during the day. They dig through the gravel to hunt them down. I once thought one of mine had died as it was missing for days, then late one night I heard some splashing and realised it was using they water return pipe to get down under the gravel filter tray, no snail left behind :lol: It was like a little salmon swimming up the water stream, they are interesting little fish.

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