Post by hickoryflat30188 on Jul 13, 2019 23:16:31 GMT
This tank is still a NIGHTMARE! I am OVER the pest snails & variety of worms that keep showing up no matter how clean I keep this tank. My water parameters are spot on according to my API freshwater master tester, I have a multitude of "live" plants in it including merimo balls & i CONSTANTLY smash or remove the pest snails with a paper towel. I've done 2 complete water changes (before I even got my Mystery snails) literally scrubbing & replacing nearly everything in it. The pests still show up on the glass sides & floating in the water. I'm sure everywhere else also! :-( I don't even feel remorse any more about killing the little pests. I want to remove my 2 lovely Mystery snails and TOTALLY strip the tank down to NOTHING & start over. How can I do this & not jeopardize my 2 snails health? Not to mention my 2 snail egg clutches just above the water line. I seriously want to get rid of EVERYTHING so there goes ALL the beneficial bacteria in my filter/substrate & media. I'd truly just love to throw the whole tank out, but it cost almost 100.00 dollars & is virtually brand new. I don't want to treat w/chemicals b/c I might hurt the 2 snails I bought & that I'm crazy about. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciate. By the way there are NO other living creatures in this tank it's only for my Mystery/Apple snails.
Post by littlegoldsnail on Jul 21, 2019 3:04:26 GMT
Hi, how much food are you giving them? Over feeding is the main cause of an explosion of pest snails.
What are your perimeters (exact numbers)?
If your really want to get rid of the pest snails without ruining your cycle then you could remove the filter media (I’m assuming they have a filter?) and put is in a bucket full of water. Fill a 5 gallon bucket about half full and put an air bubbler in it and put the snails (and any plants if you have any) in that (if it’s cold out you can put a heater in there to). After you’ve done that drain the tank and clean it out. When you are done, fill the tank back up then set the filter up and put all you cycled media back in the filter, the acclimate your snails back into the tank (you will probably want to acclimate them since you just did a 100% water change so the ph may be off).