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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2012 5:25 pm Post subject: maing river sand snail free? Reply with quote

 is  it  possible  to  make  river  sand  snail  free  before  putting  it  in  the  tank?  i  have  a  Brevis  tank  and  now  it  seems  to  be  full  of  snails.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:36 pm Post subject: Re: maing river sand snail free? Reply with quote

 HI,
                      You  may  take  HCL(  be  careful)  and  keep  sand  in  it  for  a   day  or  so  and  thoroughly  wash  it  repeatedly  several  time  before  using  in  aquarium.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2012 11:42 pm Post subject: Re: maing river sand snail free? Reply with quote

 i  usually  get  conical  shaped  snails  in  my  tank.  though  they  are  supposed  to  be  good  as  they  aerate  the  sand  but  would  HCL  completely  kill  them?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 1:18 am Post subject: Re: maing river sand snail free? Reply with quote

 WHy  dont  you  give  the  sand  a  nice  sun  bath  for  few  hours?
 
 You  wont  even  have  to  worry  of  getting  rid  of  HCL!
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 9:03 am Post subject: Re: maing river sand snail free? Reply with quote

 havent  tried  that..will  it  help?  how  do  i  remover  the  snails  from  the  rocks?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 11:46 am Post subject: Re: maing river sand snail free? Reply with quote

 Ofcourse  it  will.
 
 Zero  moisture  and  blazing  sun  will  kill  the  snails  in  no  time!
 
 It  will  be  a  little  difficult  to  remove  all  the  shells  though!
 
 
 BTW,  most  of  the  times  these  snails  or  there  eggs  come  clung  to  the  plants...Are  you  sure  it  is  the  sand  which  is  the  source  and  not  the  plants?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 12:26 pm Post subject: Re: maing river sand snail free? Reply with quote

                                                   
sudheerj  wrote  (View  Post):                
You  may  take  HCL(  be  careful)  and  keep  sand  in  it  for  a  ┬áday  or  so  and  thoroughly  wash  it  repeatedly  several  time  before  using  in  aquarium.                

 
 I  have  tried  that.  The  sand  became  bleached  and  almost  white.  
 
 Just  soaking  the  sand  for  a  few  minutes  in  HCL  will  do  IF  YOU  WANT  TO  USE  THIS  METHOD  to  get  rid  of  shells.  
 
 As  soon  as  HCL  is  added  to  sand,  the  shells  will  start  to  react  with  HCL  and  and  will  bubble  up.  If  you  see  no  bubbles,  it  means  there  are  no  shells  in  the  sand.  In  that  case,  no  need  to  wait  for  24  hours.  Wash  sand  with  water  and  remove  all  traces  of  HCL  immediately.
 
 I  prefer  to  sieve  the  sand  with  a  3  mm  size  &   then  2  mm  sieve.  This  will  give  you  sand  particles  of  size  2  to  3  mm  and  hardly  any  shells  will  be  there.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 3:50 pm Post subject: Re: maing river sand snail free? Reply with quote

 sieveing  idea  is  better  PP  is  another  option
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 12:11 am Post subject: Re: maing river sand snail free? Reply with quote

 Jack86,
 the  only  plant  that  i  have  in  the  tank  is  Anubias.  its  a  shelly  tank  so  hardly  any  plants.  
 
 Ravi,
 will  try  your  method.  how  do  i  make  sure  that  there  are  no  snail  eggs  in  the  rocks?  i  believe  Potassium  Permagnate  works  in  case  of  plants.
 
 Aquarimuer,
 by  PP  i  assume  you  mean  Potassium  Permagnate?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 1:47 am Post subject: Re: maing river sand snail free? Reply with quote

 yes  PP  is  potassium  permagnet
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sieveing  idea  is  better  PP  is  another  option                

 
 I  have  had  snails  survive  PP  bath.  
 There  is  only  so  much  of  time  that  one  can  expose  plants  to  PP.  In  my  experience  it  has  not  been  enough  to  kill  all  the  snails/eggs.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 9:56 am Post subject: Re: maing river sand snail free? Reply with quote

 River  sands  contain  snail  egg  in  good  quantities.
 I  have  not  found  a  method  other  than  acid  treatment  in  killing  eggs.
 As  suggested  by  Ravi,  sieve  it  and  then  treat  it  with  acid.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 12:26 pm Post subject: Re: maing river sand snail free? Reply with quote

 Has  anyone  tried  with  Hydrogen  per  Oxide  (Lab  grade  H2O2).  I  have  used  it  to  fine  clean  snail  shells.  
 It  reacts  with  any  left  out  organics  in  dead  shells  and  fizzes  out  probably  CO2  on  reaction.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 5:39 pm Post subject: Re: maing river sand snail free? Reply with quote

 Why  not  try  boiling  ?
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