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Old 12/04/2007, 09:00 AM   #1
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Killing vermetid snails

I have an abundance of Vermetid snails all over my tank. They are going crazy. They are growing inside my canister filter. On all my power heads. All over my rocks. Even finding ways to attach to corals. I have about 60X turnover in my 30 gallon so the detritus gets moved around a lot which of course is exactly what they want. They are to the point that their nets have started to agitate my corals.

Anyone know of anything that will kill them. I have no problem removing all my invertebrates if I can put something in the tank to kill them all.

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Old 12/04/2007, 09:42 AM   #2
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Increasing the mechanical filtration would remove detritus from the water column and provide less food for the snails. Their numbers should then decrease. It might take a while though


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Old 12/04/2007, 10:04 AM   #3
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I've read of people supergluing their tubes shut to kill them. Or just crunching them.


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Old 12/04/2007, 11:25 AM   #4
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I break them off all the time. These are very small ones.


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Old 12/04/2007, 05:53 PM   #5
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Inject kalk paste into the opening!


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Old 12/04/2007, 06:01 PM   #6
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I think he is talking about the small skinny kind, which will make superglueing them shut an impossible task since they reproduce like wild fire. I also have a problem with them and cannot find a permanent resolution. The only thing i can do for now is breaking them off of the rock.


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Old 12/05/2007, 10:47 AM   #7
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Bump...

I have them reaching plague proportions in my 20g nano. They are starting to affect everything, my hydnopora, all my zoa colonies, and my mushies (even my prised reverse superman mushies).

Is there nothing you can do to kill them, short of breaking a cumulative 100+ small tubes off every rock surface?

Iodine dipping each rock separately? Red bug treatment that kills every invert?

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Old 12/05/2007, 10:55 AM   #8
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I know a nuke method is not the most ecologically responsible way to rid your tank of them, but I'm desperate at this point.

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Old 12/05/2007, 11:49 AM   #9
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You could cook the rocks, but that's way overkill for this issue I think.

If you're really desperate - remove the rocks to another container with saltwater and use a scraper to scrape as many tubes off as possible. Give them a good rinse after so you don't introduce much decaying organics intot he tank after...


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Old 12/05/2007, 11:58 AM   #10
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Right I guess I should have mentioned that I don't plan on removing any specimens from my LR. My poci, hydno, blaso, disco, kenya, etc will all be staying firmly attached.

I also have no "replacement" LR to keep my tank filtration going during the "cooking." That's a bit of a radically reaching suggestion for my problem. That is just not a viable option considering I live in a dinky apt hence the nano, but I think you very much for your input.

Plus, most of my rock is purple and smooth with coralline, I would want to do nothing to interrupt it's growth.

It's looking like manual extraction is going to be the way to go, unfortunately, if I get no other suggestions... ugh..

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