04-03-2004, 06:15 AM
Join Date: Jan 2004
I've never relied on fish for snail control, so I can't help there, but a method that has worked well for me in the past is to use a canteloupe rind as bait. Just cut the meat off (and eat it...yummy!) and stick the rind in the tank meat-side up. You can cut as big a piece of rind as you want. In practically no time, it will be covered in snails. Take it out, rinse the snails away, and repeat as necessary. Other stuff like zuchinni, apples, etc. work, but I like the melon best because of its large surface area -- you get more snails at once. Don't forget to wash and scrub well to remove any nasty pesticides etc.
In my experience, snail population is primarily a function of food availability, so if the problem is really bad, look into what it is they're eating. Excess fish food, algae, or decaying plant matter should be removed as much as possible.
Hope it helps, and good luck.