Information concerning chemical and
biological control of Chinese
Mystery Snail is not available. However,
general methods of snails
eradication will be described in
most cited are the green Tetraodon fluviatilis and samphong's,
T. samphongsi. These avid snail eaters, are also fin nippers
and worse; keep your eye on them. Also, be aware that often the
'freshwater' puffers offered are more brackish to marine.
The larger Botia hymenophysa and orange or red-finned B.
modesta are the best snail getters, but can turn mean to
community fishes. The ever-popular clown loach, B. macracantha
will do. For smaller systems the dwarf loach,Botia sidthmunki
is a sure winner.
for the job include the lowly convict/pink congo to the specialized
africans, Haplochromis placodon, Chilotilapia rhoadesi,
Lamprologus tetracanthus among others. As usual with this
diverse family, you may be minus the snails, traded for
cichlid-destroyed plants, excavation... Be wary of keeping large
cichlids and live plants together.
I mention in an effort to be thorough. In the old pet-fish store
days we used to 'lease/lend' such turtles to aquarists who wanted to
rid their systems of snails. They worked.
Lots of Fishes
will bug snails (possibly to death); bettas and their relatives, the
gouramis; swordtails & guppies...
Chemical Control: An Oxymoron For Sure
The least desirable
means of snail eradication; too toxic, dangerous. If you're going to
resort to poisoning, thin the herd first by the methods described
under physical removal; baiting and hand-netting.
If you consider semi
un-selective poisoning to be the modern way to rid your tanks of
snails, do purchase a product specifically formulated for
this purpose and utilize exactly per instructions. In particularly,
be accurate as to how many real gallons of water are in the system
and turn off, remove chemical filtrants while treating.
Those pretty blue
copper compounds labeled as snail-i-cides are the most efficacious;
be wary of nicotine and organophosphate treatments. If still not
dissuaded, please see my gratuitous self-citations regarding
chemical safety and use.
1. Snails- Bane/Boon,
Selection/Elimination: WetWebMedia, http://www.wetwebmedia.com/PlantedTksSubWebIndex/snailsags.htm)