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Rant, rave or Comment - I hate MTS how can I get rid of them

4 years 5 months ago #35534 by newworld
Lettuce leaves,various traps waste of time and money, snail traps catch hobbyists pretty good, chemicals work but are risky, why won't skunk botias work? I've used them in tanks from fry to adult fish...

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4 years 5 months ago #35533 by scubadiver
Yes they are livebearers -

The tanks I have them in clown loaches are not really an option.

I have heard h202 or hydrogen peroxide is suppose to work debating about risking one of my tanks and trying that.

I might try this trap
www.aquariumlife.com.au/showthread.php/1...highlight=Snail+trap

Don with Flubendazole how much does it cost to treat a 40gallon breeder? How many treatments do you need? Did the tank skunk after you killed them all?

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4 years 5 months ago - 4 years 5 months ago #35532 by Mugwump
Clown loaches (botias)..grab 5-6, throw em in and then simply move them from tank to tank as needed....
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4 years 5 months ago #35531 by Iku1

convict84 wrote: . Then just make sure that there are no more eggs around.


They don't lay eggs. They are "livebearers", so maybe ask Rick Borstein ;)

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4 years 5 months ago #35530 by Iku1
I had them in 20 gl long, so I took fishes out and boiled everything (gravel and stones) and soaked sponge filter in boiling water for a couple minutes. I don't see them anymore in that tank.

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4 years 5 months ago - 4 years 5 months ago #35529 by IndecisiveCichlidKeeper
Use either lettuce, cucumber, zuchinni etc and put a piece in over night and in the morning the numbers will be reduced drastically and repeat a few times. Then just make sure that there are no more eggs around.

or a faster way-
Botias- They LOVE mts, pondsnails, and any other small snail they can suck out. Aquarium Adventure in Hoffman estates and Bolingbrook are having a 50% off all fish sale until the 22nd and have a few species of botias.


PS: Be Happy it is MTS! I've been dealing with simple pondsnails/ramshorn types in a tank for ages after I introduced some bacopa australis from someone off aquabid...
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4 years 5 months ago #35528 by decapod
The problem with bleach is that snails instantly know that it's toxic, so they just close their trapdoors and wait for it to go away. You also have to thoroughly rinse out or neutralize the bleach afterwards before the tank will be safe for fish again- that would be a big pain when you're dealing with large or multiple tanks.

I had good luck with Flubendazole- apparently, snails can't tell that it's killing them until it's too late. It also has the advantage of not being particularly hard on fish, so you could use it even if the tank still had fish in it. If there aren't any fish present, then maybe you should go higher than the recommended dose by a third or so.

I had some plants that came in with both trumpet and pond snails on them, and they rapidly multiplied. Flubendazole killed them all.

www.inkmkr.com/Fish/ItemsForSale.html

If you have so many snails that you're worried about water quality suffering due to all the dead snails during and after the Flubendazole treatment, you could try to trap the majority of them first. Sera traps work pretty well- you'll never catch all the tiny ones, but it shouldn't be too difficult to catch most of the adults..

www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=21339

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4 years 5 months ago #35527 by newworld
1. Would be the quickest, I used skunk botias in the past and it worked great

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4 years 5 months ago - 4 years 5 months ago #35526 by scubadiver
All,
I have a number of tanks of that have been over run by MTS snails - I think they are eating eggs no proof just hypothesis.

Here are ideas I have heard for getting rid of them -

1. Reformat your tank break down and bleach -
2. Reduce the amount of sand in the tank
3. Reduce the amount of food you give your fish
4. Use glass jars with pleco food to trap
5. Copper

Anybody have some better ideas or rants.

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