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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2015 2:35 pm Post subject: ZEBRA LOACHES for cleaning up snails Reply with quote

 Hi  All,
 
 I  am  looking  for  Zebra  loaches/Clown  loaches  to  control  snail  in  my  tank.
 
 Anybody  in  Bangalore   give  away  or  for  sale  -  my  location  is  Rajajinagar.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2015 3:25 pm Post subject: Re: ZEBRA LOACHES for cleaning up snails Reply with quote

 Put  assassin  snails  and  things  will  better  in  few  months.  once  you  put  the  zebra  loach,  you'll  never  be  able  to  catch  it.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2015 4:36 pm Post subject: Re: ZEBRA LOACHES for cleaning up snails Reply with quote

 I  would  agree  with  @mudjawd  on  the  assassin  snails.  They  are  slow  to  take  control  compared  to  the  loaches,  but  they  are  wonderful  additions  to  your  tank  Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2015 6:17 pm Post subject: Re: ZEBRA LOACHES for cleaning up snails Reply with quote

 Right  I  Will  also  agree  Assain  Snails  are  the  best  option  to  put  in  tank  and  now  they  are  easily  avilable  also
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2015 10:16 pm Post subject: Re: ZEBRA LOACHES for cleaning up snails Reply with quote

 Thanks  for  all  the  advice.
 
 Agree  catching  them  back  is  a  problem.
 
 But  my  unwanted  snails  out  strip  assasin  snails  most  probably  100  to  1  .  I  have  quite  a  few  assassin  snails  .  The  are  unable  to  control  the  other  snails.  Have  been  patiently  waiting  for  almost  6  months  for  assasins  to  do  the  job.  got  fed  up
 
 Hence  the  last  resort.
 
 Any  other  suggestions.
 
 Heavy  CO2  DOSING  ?     There  is  no   fishes  in  the  tank.
 
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2015 10:31 am Post subject: Re: ZEBRA LOACHES for cleaning up snails Reply with quote

 Add  some  dwarf  puffer  fish  (Carinotetraodon  travancoricus).  They  are  excellent  snail  controllers.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2015 10:36 am Post subject: Re: ZEBRA LOACHES for cleaning up snails Reply with quote

 I  have  introduces  two  tiger  loaches  in  my  tank  to  control  snails  and  they  did  a  wonderful  job.....they  will  eat  your  snails  and  their  eggs  too....
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2015 11:33 am Post subject: Re: ZEBRA LOACHES for cleaning up snails Reply with quote

 DO  any  of  these  snail  controllers  co  habit  with  shrimp?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 9:28 am Post subject: Re: ZEBRA LOACHES for cleaning up snails Reply with quote

 I  have  been  in  this  situation  and  successfully  managed  the  problem  with  using  assassin  snails..  
 
 My  question  to  you  would  be  ...  what  you  are  feeding  assassin  snails  ?
 
 if  there  are  no  fishes..  i  am  assuming  its  a  shrimp  only  tank..  in  that  case  please  ensure  that  assassins  don't  have  access  to  shrimp  food..as  last  resort,  add  few  more  assassins..always  better  than  using  loaches  as  catching  them  back  is  a  headache  in  a  planted  set  up.
 
 Also  have  a  look  at  Snail  Trap...  there  are  many  more  DIY  vids  on  you  tube  as  well  which  have  worked  well  for  me  in  past...  give  it  at  try  if  you  like  DIY  side  of  hobby...  thanks,
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 10:57 am Post subject: Re: ZEBRA LOACHES for cleaning up snails Reply with quote

 Hi  Tanvinder,
 
 I  also  think  snail  trap  is  a  good  idea.
 
 No  the  tank  has  only  plants.  not  even  shrimps.  All  shrimps  died  because  of  H2O2  spray  to  remove  BBA  algae
 
 How  about  raising  the  CO2  levels  very  high.
 
 The  snails  will  have  to  come  to  surface.  Majority  can  be  removed
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 12:50 pm Post subject: Re: ZEBRA LOACHES for cleaning up snails Reply with quote

 Access  CO2  might  have  impact  on  bacteria  and  may  imbalance  the  nitrogen  cycle  leading  to  algae  bloom  and  other  stuff..  use  the  traps..  may  be  more  than  one  trap  to  manage  the  situation...patience  is  the  key  here..
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 1:58 pm Post subject: Re: ZEBRA LOACHES for cleaning up snails Reply with quote

 Hi,
 
 I'm  just  curious  to  know  the  size  of  your  tank  and  the  number  of  Assassin  snails  you  added.
 I  have  4  footer  and  it  took  me  8  Assassins  to  hunt  down  hundreds  of  them  pretty  quickly.
 
 A  few  months  back  I  added  30  pond  snails  in  my  2  footer,  by  the  next  day  I  could  only  find  their  shells  lying  around.
 
 I  have  Assassins  to  Give  away,  kindly  let  me  know  if  you  require  them
 
 Additionally,  placing  a  piece  of  Aloe  Vera/Cucumber  in  the  tank  overnight  is  a  commonly  suggested  method
 
 Thanks,
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 2:30 pm Post subject: Re: ZEBRA LOACHES for cleaning up snails Reply with quote

 Hi  ,
 
 
                                                 
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 Hi,
 
 I'm  just  curious  to  know  the  size  of  your  tank  and  the  number  of  Assassin  snails  you  added.
 I  have  4  footer  and  it  took  me  8  Assassins  to  hunt  down  hundreds  of  them  pretty  quickly.
 
 A  few  months  back  I  added  30  pond  snails  in  my  2  footer,  by  the  next  day  I  could  only  find  their  shells  lying  around.
 
 I  have  Assassins  to  Give  away,  kindly  let  me  know  if  you  require  them
 
 Additionally,  placing  a  piece  of  Aloe  Vera/Cucumber  in  the  tank  overnight  is  a  commonly  suggested  method
 
 Thanks,
 Karthik
                 

 
 My  Tank  is  3  X  1.5  x  1.25.   Only  Plants.  I  do  have  assasins.  And  they  are  doing  the  job  of  killing  the  Big  once.  But  there  are  juvi  snails  very  very  small  Malaysian  Trumpet  type  which  are  the  main  issue.  Let  me  try  Alo  vera/  Cucumber.  How  to  put  them  in  the  Tank.  Just  keep  them  in  a  small  plate.  will  that  suffice?
 
 
 
 
 
                                                 
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 Access  CO2  might  have  impact  on  bacteria  and  may  imbalance  the  nitrogen  cycle  leading  to  algae  bloom  and  other  stuff..  use  the  traps..  may  be  more  than  one  trap  to  manage  the  situation...patience  is  the  key  here..
                 

 
 Beneficial   Bacteria  crash   is  a  problem.  But  filters  may  recover  after  some  time,  since  there  are  no  fish.I  removed  all  of  them.   Hence  thought  about  CO2  Overdose.
 
 Best  looks  like  either  snail  trap  or  Loaches   or  puffer  fish.  I  need  to  source  either  of  the  three.
 
 Many  Thanks  
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 2:58 pm Post subject: Re: ZEBRA LOACHES for cleaning up snails Reply with quote

 Krishna,
 
 I  was  just  browsing  through  and  came  across  the  below  site:
 Please  check  this!
 
 The  link  explains  where  Assassins  might  be  failing.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 4:06 pm Post subject: Re: ZEBRA LOACHES for cleaning up snails Reply with quote

                                                   
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Let  me  try  Alo  vera/  Cucumber.  How  to  put  them  in  the  Tank.  Just  keep  them  in  a  small  plate.  will  that  suffice?
 
 Many  Thanks  
 
 Krishna                

 To  use  cucumber  you  can  use  the  below  method:
 -  take  a  small  piece  of  cucumber  and  place  it  inside  the  fish  net.
 -  Place  the  fishnet  inside  the  tank  when  light  is  off  (may  be  during  evening  or  when  you  switch  off  the  tank  light.
 -  After  2/3  hour  slowly  take  out  the  fish  net,  you  will  find  many  snails  attaching  to  the  cucumber  inside  the  fish  net  Smile
 -  Added  advantage:  when  switch  off  the  tank  light  make  sure  the  room  light  is  also  switch  off  and  then  introduce  the  cucumber  to  the  tank.
 -  Try  this  method  for  couple  of  days  and  you  will  find  the  difference  and  rest  your  assassin  snail  will  take  care
 
 NOTE:  while  taking  out  the  cucumber  check  if  there  are  any  assassin  snail  in  the  lot.
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