I mentioned a few weeks back that Winston had snails in his tank after I added plants, now they're starting to get out of control. I was hoping they wouldn't breed as there isn't much for them to eat (plants pulled up by the fish and almost gone). They have, however, and I have no idea how to tackle the problem. Any ideas?
I thank goodness that the other three tanks have not been affected. I'm guessing the other fish had their snails for lunch and saw to the problem themselves as I've not seen a single snail in any of the other tanks. I'm assuming with Winston being disabled, he didn't/hasn't noticed the french delicacy that is unwittingly on offer. Maybe I just got lucky with other tanks?
USually snail only breed to the point that the food source is capable of supporting a certain population. So avoid over feeding and make sure no left-over food from your fish.
Another way is to remove the snails manually. You can google snails trap or do it a much simpler way like having a small plate or bowl with fish food in there and put it in the tank. The snails will smell the food and gather in there, once you've seen a good amount of snails in there, you can remove the snails easily. Do this several times and the amount of snails will be reduced significantly