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mmelnick 06 May 2009

I have a huge population of vermetid snails. I didn't mind them at first, but they are now on every single rock in my tank. There are probably 5-10 per square inch in some areas and that nasty fishing line type stuff that they put out makes the tank look soo ugly. I've spent so much time and money on this tank and really don;t want it to be over run by these little buggers.

Is there anything I can do. II try snapping them off at the bast, but that only gets them about 20% of the time. I've tried using the super glue trick to trap them in thier tubes until they die but there are just way to many for that to work. Is there anything that will kill them without hurting my coral?

What about doing an iodine dip with each rock.

I have coral on almost every rock so it has to be a reef safe solution. But any thought would be greatly appreciated.

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knoxvegas 06 May 2009

I have them too. Probably close to the same amount. I also hate the stringy mess when I do WC's. You can TRY the superglue, but I've tried all kinds of attempts, including taking ea LR piece out and dremeling the suckers to death, but to no avail. You can't get them all, and they come back. What I have settled with is keeping the water column as clean as possible. It really does minimize the stringyness. They're still there in abundance but it's really much milder now and I only see it temporarily when doing WC's. Edited by knoxvegas, 06 May 2009 - 01:20 PM.

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reefdan 06 May 2009

he tried that already.

they really are a pain. i tried glue but with your infestation it'll get tiresome and expensive.

what i found most successful is taking out a rock a week (or day if you have the time) and just chiseling them off. smash the ones you can't chisel. i don't think there's an easy way out of this one.

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mmelnick 06 May 2009

I've tried using the super glue trick to trap them in their tubes until they die but there are just way to many for that to work.

But the dremmel idea is interesting. I know you sait it didn't work for you, but it might give temporary relief.

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RayWhisperer 06 May 2009

Take a heavy duty sewing needle. Stick it in each hole and prod it around a bit. Then snap the tube so you don't end up doing the same tubes over. It's time consuming, but it'll work.

Don't try to do it all at once. Just do a bit at a time, before each water change.

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mmelnick 06 May 2009

Take a heavy duty sewing needle. Stick it in each hole and prod it around a bit. Then snap the tube so you don't end up doing the same tubes over. It's time consuming, but it'll work.

Don't try to do it all at once. Just do a bit at a time, before each water change.

Hmm, thats a pretty good idea too. How many come back from that. I swear these guys are invincible.

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RayWhisperer 06 May 2009

Hmm, thats a pretty good idea too. How many come back from that. I swear these guys are invincible.

None will come back from it. What you are dealing with is a pest that is multiplying as fast as you are eradicating them. Over a few weeks you'll start to notice a difference.

Also, keep the water as clean as possible. They feed on almost anything they can catch from the water (assuming it's small enough). If they aren't getting enough food, they won't keep reproducing.

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John_A 06 May 2009

I had one on a rock and I took some aquamend putty and made a cone around it covering up the entire thing and just left I thought I would take it off but its starting to color so might just leave it

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Urchinhead 06 May 2009

What about a nice acid bath in say. Muriatic acid? Like what is used in swimming pools and can be found at pool supply places. Should kill just about everything plus leach any phosphates that are in the rock out.

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RayWhisperer 06 May 2009

What about a nice acid bath in say. Muriatic acid? Like what is used in swimming pools and can be found at pool supply places. Should kill just about everything plus leach any phosphates that are in the rock out.

Live rock is basically calcified. Ever see what acid does to that? Not to mention the wicked PH drop you'd get when you put the rock back in the tank.

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Psychosis 06 May 2009

I agree with most of the other posters here. Use some form of mechanical filtration method to help rid the water of free floating particles. No food, no babies. I like the simplicity of the needle method for the ones you have now.

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Urchinhead 06 May 2009

Live rock is basically calcified. Ever see what acid does to that? Not to mention the wicked PH drop you'd get when you put the rock back in the tank.

Awk! Good point! Forgot about that! Came across the idea for pulling PO4 off new rock going into a system and didn't bother to think it fully through. Thank you.

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mmelnick 06 May 2009

Awk! Good point! Forgot about that! Came across the idea for pulling PO4 off new rock going into a system and didn't bother to think it fully through. Thank you.

Yeah, plus the afore mentioned fact that I have coral on almost every rock. But I'll give the sewing needle thing a shot.

I would be hesitant to say that an atomic blast would kill them? But.

Does anyone think an iodine dip might kill them?

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DogfoodEnforcer 06 May 2009

i have a freaking monster vermetid in my tank on the base of one of my favourite corals. this thing's shell is a fortress.

im trying superglue tomorrow. if it doesnt work im trying the dremel!!

the opening to this thing's tube is nearly 1cm across!

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RayWhisperer 07 May 2009

I had one that was about 1/4" across at the opening and about 4 or 5" long. It was attached under a chalice frag, so I left it be. It was actually a very cool critter. They consume their own web with all the food on it.

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divecj5 08 May 2009

I wish you luck in getting rid of these bastages. I ended up taking down my 55 gallon when it got to the point where every single inch of live rock was covered in vermitids and they were starting to affect the corals.

I tried crushing them with a screwdriver, breaking them off, breaking their tubes with a needle to no avail. Hopefully you can get rid of them. they were the bane of my reef existence.

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apexstrafer 08 May 2009

Yeah those little guys are a pain, I ended up just getting rid of the rock that had them. Indestructible little pr*cks.

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lakshwadeep 08 May 2009

I had one that was about 1/4" across at the opening and about 4 or 5" long. It was attached under a chalice frag, so I left it be. It was actually a very cool critter. They consume their own web with all the food on it.

+1, but I had to remove it because it was on a christmas tree worm/feather duster rock. I don't think the larger individuals (mine was 1/4" in diameter) are the same species as the smaller, and more prolific, ones. One thing I did read was that hermit crabs are one predator of vermetids.

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Marteen 08 May 2009

+1, but I had to remove it because it was on a christmas tree worm/feather duster rock. I don't think the larger individuals (mine was 1/4" in diameter) are the same species as the smaller, and more prolific, ones. One thing I did read was that hermit crabs are one predator of vermetids.

Yeah I heard the same thing about hermits. I bet you could teach the hermits to associate the vermitids with food by breaking a couple open and letting them feast on their insides.