How To Get Rid Of Snails In A New Aquarium

How to get rid of snails – When we buy new plants, it often happens that we receive a free gift that we really don’t want… namely snails or snail eggs. In this article, let us take a look how to get rid of snails when you buy or receive new plants from someone that those snails or snail eggs ensure that your aquarium is overpowered by snails.

How To Get Rid Of Snails

How To Get Rid Of Snails

I am going to show you no less than 7 ways how to get rid of snails that come along with plants do not end up in your aquarium. At least that often minimizes the chance.

The first method: Alum

Alum is often used in aftershaves because it causes the skin to contract. But today it is also increasingly used in, for example, deodorants… for the same reason. Alum is also very cheap to buy. The costs are about 9 euros for 1 kilo…. twice nothing… which you can also use for a very long time.

Certainly a good method to ensure that you free your plants from snails and snail eggs. It suffices to give your plants a short bath of half an hour in an Alum solution. That is water with a little Alum added.

The second method: Prevention is better than cure

As crazy as it sounds. I first mentioned Alum but now we are going to talk about prevention is better than cure. Why don’t I first say “prevention is better than cure” and only afterwards Alum? Pretty simple, because “Prevention is better than cure” sounds hollow at first. Like, yes logical if you can avoid that….but that’s not why it is. And secondly, because it is slightly more difficult to prevent it than to get it away with, for example, Alum.

Here is the meaning of  “prevention is better than cure”. Suppose you go to an aquarium shop and you see a plant there that you absolutely want to see in your aquarium and you plan to buy that plant. Then look in the aquarium where that plant is. Do you see empty snail shells or even full snail shells somewhere, so live snails? Inspect the plant for snail eggs. That is not always clearly visible, but often you just see it.

If you buy plants from a store, make sure the aquarium is free of snails. Still keep in mind that maybe before they got to your aquarium store they were in a wholesaler somewhere. Or who knows, with a private individual who sells his plants to that store. You never know in advance whether snails are present there. So to be very sure, you should actually start using Alum to solve it. In other words, this is the reason it ranks second. But hey, prevention is better than cure! You see snails in an aquarium in a store and you want to buy a plant from it, just don’t do it. There is a very good chance that you will get snails. Or rinse or soak the plant in Alum or use one of the following methods.

The third method: Aquarium Salt

The third of the seven methods is Aquarium Salt. Why do I deliberately say Aquarium Salt? Well, actually you can do it with regular salt too.

Soak your plants for about half an hour in a salt solution, where you have added about 30 grams per liter of salt to the water. I also deliberately say about half an hour. Don’t stretch it too long! Your plants don’t like being in the salt. So you can indeed destroy your plants in that salt bath. But your snails will at the very least get a good slap on the ears the moment you apply that bath.

Well, salt is a solution.

The fourth method: Bleach

Bleach will indeed help to destroy those snails before they end up in your tank. It will indeed help to deal with any snail eggs before they enter the aquarium.

Of course, bleach also has a disadvantage. If the bleach gets into your tank, your fish are in serious trouble. Then your fish will suffer the same fate as the snails…that is, die.

Which bleach should you use? 100% pure bleach. So not with pine scent or I know a lot what kind of additives. Just pure, clean bleach (also called Javel in Flanders).

If you used a bath with bleach. And a bath is really good at watering a few times and then waiting for a while. Then take a second bucket with water AND water conditioner and rinse the plant very well. Why with water conditioner? Because the water improver will ensure that the chlorine in the plant will be neutralized. That way it becomes a little safer to your aquarium than just with water.

Bleach is therefore certainly also a solution. However, it has its dangers, its points of concern.

The fifth method: Hydrogen Peroxide or H2O2

You create a solution for this method. Take 10 milliliters of a 3% solution and put it in one liter of water. In other words: 100 milliliters of a 3% concentration in a bucket with 10 liters of water. Put your plant in there and let it sit for 30 minutes to about an hour. Take your plant out and you can place it directly in your tank. There is a very good chance that no snails will come along and that no snail eggs will come along.

Please note: I said very clearly: 10 milliliters of 3% solution! If you have the 6% solution, use 5 milliliters per liter of water. If you have the 19% solution, use 1.5 milliliters per liter of water. So watch that dose!

The sixth method: Mediums

I am a huge opponent of remedies in the aquarium to kill snails. There are much better methods for that. I am a huge opponent to do that with remedies….in the aquarium. So in other words it can certainly be put in a bucket. Esha Gastropex is a very good anti-snail agent, which you really do not want in your aquarium. But for these kinds of applications it is a fantastic tool.

Place your plants in a bucket with 10 liters of water, add the correct amount of Gastropex to it, see the dosage manual, and just let it sit for a day. Guaranteed that no snail survives. Snail eggs are another story, but they will also have received a big push.

The seventh method: Potassium permanganate – The Purple Death:

I don’t call the latter last for nothing. Not because it is a less good drug, on the contrary, it is a super powerful drug. But because this super powerful agent also has a lot of risks for us as humans if we don’t use it correctly. If you’ve never heard of Potassium Permanganate or The Purple Death.

If you’ve never used this before or don’t know how to handle it, then DON’T read any further!

It’s far too dangerous stuff to fall into the hands of ignorant people. It can literally be life-threatening for us if we use Potassium Permanganate or De Purple Death if we don’t know what we are doing.

If you do know what you are doing, be sure to use Potassium Permanganate. Why? Because it is a very powerful tool. Soak your plants in Potassium Permanganate, about a 10 PPM solution, for an hour. Again, if you don’t know what this means, stop reading right away. Then rinse your plant for a few seconds in a solution of 5 milliliters – 5% solution H2O2 per liter of water. So 50 milliliters in a 10 liter bucket of water. Submerge it a few times and you can place your plant directly in the aquarium. It is then 99% sure that you have no more snails and no more snail eggs.

Again: if you don’t know what this is or what you’re doing: DON’T!

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