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merlin777 merlin777
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  • Posted on: 26/6/2019 23:54
Re: moving house with snails #1
as far as i know this was an eu ruling based on them getting into the wild and causing a pest in southern spain. They're not likely to do that in the uk but the eu banned them from the whole eu. I notice people are still selling them by calling them something else.


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  • Posted on: 30/11/2018 17:59
Re: moving house with snails #2
Thanks, that gives me a plan. Just need to browse of types of snail now....


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  • Posted on: 30/11/2018 12:25
Re: moving house with snails #3
Thanks for that!
By take it down do you mean empty the water or can that include a thorough clean and changing the gravel etc?

Are there any tips for rescuing the blighters or do I have to just go through it microscopically by hand to find them?

And finally.... golden apple snails! Is that EU interfere again? Maybe after brexit.... Can you point me to a discussion on choosing suitable snails?

Really appreciate your help.


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  • Posted on: 30/11/2018 1:05
moving house with snails #4
I have a baby biorb with loads of auger snails.The tank needs a good clean and i'm about to move house.

When I get to the new house i'm thinking of dedicating this tank to snails and adding some nephrites and golden apples etc.

Can anyone advise on a good strategy? This is what I was intending to do:

Empty the tank
rescue all the snails and out them in a large seal-able container with fresh water
clean the tank
move house
start the tank off from scratch with fresh water and add the snails
gradually add some other species

Now I bet there's a few howlers in there so I'm hoping you'll put me straight.

Will they survive in fresh water for a few days?
Do I need to add some old tank water to the container?
Do I keep some old tank water to 'seed' the newly cleaned tank?
Do I need to cycle it for snails?
What's the best way to add the new species and which ones would be best?

Soooo many things I don't know!


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  • Posted on: 9/12/2016 22:46
Re: help to select snails for my coldwater biorb #5
Thanks for that. I appreciate the advice.

I have heard these things before and although it all seems very sensible, all I can do is report the history of my tank. I was given it in 2009 and put in 2 minnows, 2 danios and the CGAE (which I now know is regarded as too many). I still have 3 of the original fish and the CGAE doesn't seem to bully the other fish and keeps pretty much to itself, usually near the tank bottom. It doesn't seem to have grown particularly. I wonder if it's actually a CGAE?

The temperature is usually around 19 degrees and rarely goes to an upper or lower extreme. What I would say though, although I know the biorb has a bad press, its bio filtering is very good.


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  • Posted on: 9/12/2016 19:52
Re: help to select snails for my coldwater biorb #6
just to confirm - I am in the UK.


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  • Posted on: 8/12/2016 18:25
help to select snails for my coldwater biorb #7
Hi everyone. I wonder if I could call on the wisdom of the forum for advice on choosing some suitable snails?


I have a baby biorb, 15 litres, cold water, 3 fish (Chinese golden algae eater and 2 danios) and 'some' auger snails. I say 'some' because I hardly ever see them - where the hell do they all hide? Very occasionally they all come out together and give me a surprise and there must be at least a dozen tiny ones and a couple about half an inch long.


I'm looking for something that will help keep the algae down and add some interest - either colourful, stripey, active etc. I used to have golden apple snails which were ideal because they were colourful and entertaining with their antics but I understand they are being phased out thanks to those silly EU people. (Maybe we'll get them unbanned after brexit?).

I'm housebound so I can't go shopping for them and I'll need to be able to mail order them safely.

Any advice would be gratefully received!


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  • Posted on: 17/4/2013 12:10
Re: golden algae eater suddenly started chasing #8
thanks for all the advice!


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  • Posted on: 17/4/2013 11:40
Re: golden algae eater suddenly started chasing #9
i've ordered some of the biorb algae wipes and i have one of those magnetics eggs - planning to combine the 2.

I've seen mention of plecos - do they get too big?


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  • Posted on: 17/4/2013 10:30
Re: golden algae eater suddenly started chasing #10
#OOPS#. Looks like I have some work to do.

Pets@home sold me all the fish and suggested the GAE when I asked for a compatible algae eater.

Unfortunately I'm now disabled and housebound so I can't just pop it back to the shop. I'll have to find a way to rehome it.

Any suggestions on an alternative? I want something small, cold water, fresh water, compatible with dannios and minnows that'll eat algae.



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