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Old 10-01-2009, 10:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys,
I've been dealing with a 240L High Tech planted tank.
An algae issue is being handled and I think that the cone snails that have amazingly outgrew in population have been contributing to the problem.
Amongst other things, I think they are the ones leaving nasty scratches on plants like Anubias, maybe even tearing it apart slowly.
Cryptocorine also being dissolved-like as time passes..
What's the best and smartest way to get them out?
Solution I wish to leave as a last option:
1. Chemical substances.
2. Loach fish since I have an army of shrimps which tend to cleaning up the tank.
Thanks.
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Old 10-01-2009, 10:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Place a glass bowl (or anything that will sink) in the tank with some wafers/pellets/food after lights out. With an hour or so you should be able to start grabbing out snails by the hand-ful (if your shrimp don't beat tehm to the food).
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Pick them out as u see them. Few min a couple times a day. Turn the lights off for bout a half hour then back on and they should be on the glass where u can pick them out
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Thanks for the idaes!
Any other devious idaes..?
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Clown Loach will wipe them out quickly.
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Oh, you didn't want clown loach.... sorry for not reading the first time! They do work though.
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Default Re: Getting rid of cone snails fast!

Thanks for the reply anyway.
I do know that a certain Loach (can't remember which) supposedly avoid from eating shrimps..
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what is a cone snail?
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Hey armedbiggiet,
Here is a link for you: Malaysian Trumpet Snail - Melanoides tuberculata.

I have found the answer to my prayers in the form of another snail!
Helena "assassin" snail!!

Good luck for me trying to find it.

I am still hoping to hear original ideas of different traps for getting these buggers out.
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Default Re: Getting rid of cone snails fast!

Assassin snails arent all that amazing at killing MTS, since MTS have a trapdoor as well as very thick shells and can hide in the substrate.

Also, I've never known MTS to eat live plants unless the plants were dying. At least, they never have in my tanks. I suppose anything is possible. I wouldnt blame your crypt melt on the snails, though.
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