Snails in cichlid tank

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06 May 2013 22:39 #1 by tankedup (Johnny Tanked)
i suddenly seem to be getting over run with small snails in my cichlid tank, think they must have been in som gravel i used,mixed in with the sand! What can i get to keep the snail numbers down that would be compatible with a mix of cichlids, have a peacock some yellow labs electric blues, a threadfin catfish and few others in there already.
Any help appreciated. thanks

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07 May 2013 00:34 #2 by wolfie (Anthony)
Have you tried assassin snails

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07 May 2013 08:34 #3 by jwm (sean sean)
Clown loach. The chap for snails put few in they like their own company.

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07 May 2013 10:03 #4 by hammie (Neil Hammerton)
Throw in a bit of carrot, the snails will attach themselves to the carrot and then gently take it out again! Just remember that these snails breed like there is no tomorrow.....
Eggs are everywhere, so something to catch the eggs hatching is a must!
So as the lads say, assassin snails and clown loaches to get the remainder of the eggs / hatchlings

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07 May 2013 10:10 #5 by Homer (Kevin)
Remember!! there are more unseen than seen, your Filter, whether it be external or internal , will have a nice little nursery going at full tilt and you will have to keep it and the media as free of eggs and snails as possible.

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It's NOT "Chee lick", NOT "Chee Chee Licks"!!! Cichlids is pronounced as "Sick Lids"!!!!!

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07 May 2013 10:29 #6 by jwm (sean sean)
Also a NO SNAIL sign might work :whistle:

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07 May 2013 10:31 #7 by JohnH (John)
Replied by JohnH (John) on topic Snails in cichlid tank
I have never, personally, found Assasin Snails to consume anything other than the Malaysian Livebearing Snails (the new abbreviation being MTS) and each other.
Loaches (not necessarily Clowns) should do the trick as would the range of freshwater puffers (I found the Figure-Of-Eight to be particularly good - even though that isn't altogether a fully freshwater species) and Oscars - it's great to see them munching away on snails, ejecting the shells from the gill plates.
Analomachromis Thomasi are reasonably proficient at reducing snail numbers although nowhere near as good as the previously-mentioned fish. The larger freshwater crayfish will take a toll on them as well - but they aren't as particular as to what they will eat, fish, snails - even oneanother!
Does anyone else have an experiences of snail-reducing ploys to add to this discussion?

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07 May 2013 11:08 #8 by Homer (Kevin)
I have used eSHa Gastropex in the past and found it to be good but not with Crustaceans, Shrimp etc.

H.

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It's NOT "Chee lick", NOT "Chee Chee Licks"!!! Cichlids is pronounced as "Sick Lids"!!!!!

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07 May 2013 11:36 #9 by JustinK (Justin Kelly)
A clown pleco (panaque maccus)
I have one in my 400L Central American cichlid tank and there not as prolific.
I pull any out of the sump when I see them ( big ones breeding)
Theres an army of them in my 190L, so I was thinking of getting
another one for it. The single assasin has his work cut-out in there.
They go on the march up the walls of the tank in the evenings.

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07 May 2013 21:46 #10 by tankedup (Johnny Tanked)
Thanks lads, lots of practical tips to try there will see how I get on and report back! No snails sign made me smile too!

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07 May 2013 22:41 #11 by Brazzill (john)
Assassin snail or clown loach worked for me.....

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08 May 2013 01:09 #12 by LemonJelly (Johnny Cowley)
shot gun blast works for me! both bally barrels right into the substrate! what the ol' blunderbuss doesn't kill the empty tank soon does! dashed expensive but damn good fun! what ho!

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09 May 2013 22:44 #13 by tankedup (Johnny Tanked)
Did a big re jig today, moved around my planted tank, took out my clown loaches, put them in with cichlids, and now have new fish from lemon jelly to collect, for my other two tanks, and all paid for by my excess plants! Result! Will let you know how they get on eating them and will stick up a wanted add for the assassins! Thanks for the advice!

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10 May 2013 16:23 #14 by tankedup (Johnny Tanked)
The group of clowns are already making a dent, and all is happy in the tank so far.

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