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Old 4th December 2014   #1
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I've just put some live plants into my currently empty (for cycle), new aquarium.
I then noticed as I was wiping the glass a small snail inside the tank.

At first I thought I'd just leave it but upon quick research I found that they can be pests and nearly impossible to get rid of. I quickly took the snail out and made sure there weren't anymore. After searching for fifteen minutes I found about 8 small snails.

Will everything be okay if theres still a couple in there and is there anything I can do to stop an infestation before I put my axolotl in there?

I think they are pond snails as they look like this

I will appreciate any help on the matter!



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Try to identify the snails. Small pond snails will get eaten by the axolotl and are soft shelled enough to not cause impaction in most axolotls that are around adult size.



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Snails can be a real nuisance. If you haven't gotten too far along in your cycle, you could use bleach to kill any remaining ones and restart the cycle. There are other snail killing methods - see various aquatic plant forums. After whatever treatment you use, I'd suggest a complete water change even if they say it is fish-safe, since axolotls aren't fish.



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