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Author Topic: salt and snails  (Read 1986 times)
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« on: March 26, 2008, 09:43:14 PM »

So i think i have ich in my 35G comunity tank that i got some hitch hiking ramshorns in. i am treating the tank with salt i am at 2 tsp per gallon and have increased the temp to 84F. Usually i see lots of baby snails on the glass in the morning when i turn the light on but i have noticed that there are almost no snails since starting the treatment. is this a good way to eraticate unwanted pest snails in a tank? or is it just killing the babies because they can not withstand the salt?

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« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2008, 11:19:22 PM »

If the salt was pre-dissolved before adding to the tank (as it should be), it will not harm the snails.  But if itwas pored in dry, yes, it may kill any snails on the substrate in the area.  It would not do any good for cory cats or any other bottom-dweller under the same circumstances.  Direct dry salt adition is hazardous - brine is denser than water so you may form a dense brine layer over the substrate which can be dangerous to fish, snails plants, bacteria - anything FW.  Pre-dissolved it is not a hazard.

If you did not know that this round, for the future always pre-dissolve anything that is dry powder or crystal before adding it to the tank.  And better still, pour it into the filter return current for best rapid mixing.

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