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moving house with snails #1
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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Re: moving house with snails #2
Use some old tank water in the container as all new water may be too much of a shock. Take some of the old tank water with you for setting it back up, too. You will need to take the tank down and set back up on the day of the move. The tank needs to be not running for as short a time as possible as the beneficial bacteria that cycle waste will die if out of water for long.

As to adding new snails - acclimate them as you would for fish. Which to pick is a personal choice, but if you are in the UK you won't be able to get apple snails as it is no longer legal to trade in them.
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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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Re: moving house with snails #4
You can give the tank a clean, but I'd advise against replacing the gravel as that's where a lot of the beneficial bacteria lives in a Biorb.

You're just going to have to pick them out by hand I think.

Apple snails have been banned because they can survive our winters and are a danger to the ecosystem in out waterways - unlikely to change after Brexit I'm afraid.

There's an article about snails on the site : https://www.fishkeeping.co.uk/articles ... ter_snail_information.htm
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Re: moving house with snails #5
Thanks, that gives me a plan. Just need to browse of types of snail now....