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?
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.
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.