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 Post subject: Snail problem
PostPosted: Oct 11th, '18, 04:05 
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Hello All

Im running a 4 gb flood and drain system with scoria as my media

for a while now i havnt been able to get any of my seed to sprout - let alone grow anything, and it all because i
have in all gb's a snail problem...... some so small with bad eyes you would easily miss them.

i have tried flooding the beds and going on the hunt squashing and removing what i can but im fighting a losing battle.
Im thinking of putting in a bypass to the drain back to the fish tank and flooding the gb's but i want to add something to the water that will not be harmful to the fish but kill the snails..... any help here appreciated !! ( a i said the water will not go back to the fish it will drain away but obviously the residue will be left behind on the media which might cause problems later) or any other solutions so i can get back to gardening please.

I hope that all makes sense.


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 Post subject: Re: Snail problem
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I want to get them all by flooding the grow bed with water and an additive to kill in one go.


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I think i have these tiny tiny snails in my GB too. Although for me they don't seem to be causing any problems, I am not currently trying to germinate any seeds in there though. In fact, I am pretty glad they're there because they seem to be controlling algae, which has begun to grow here and there on my expanded clay balls, as well as leftover decomposing roots from old plants. Perhaps you can germinate the seeds elsewhere and introduce established seedlings instead?

I don't know what additive you would want to use.


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depends on type of snail. You can spread one of the fish safe iron based snail killers.
they work for some types and give your system an iron boost as they break down.

As you are in Australia -> The Multicrop 1kg Multiguard Snail and Slug Killer from Bunnings is EDTA Fe and fine.
Quite inexpensive to try.

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thank you both for your reply's

Trust me when i say they are 'not' beneficial for my system.
I have 4 gb's that need treatment so i will try the Iron for sure.

Ive also been told that i could use a food grade Hydrogen peroxide at low doses and flood the gb, this will the snails and its eggs.


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Hi,

I have also a mini snail problem in one of my growbeds. They are ruining my seedlings.
Like you, i've tried flooding the bed and hand picking them, but it's impossible to get them all of course...

Please keep us in touch if you come up with a working solution.

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I haven't had a problem with snails since I put frogs in the system, but I still have slugs.

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aqua1 wrote:
Ive also been told that i could use a food grade Hydrogen peroxide at low doses and flood the gb, this will the snails and its eggs.


Hydrgen peroxide will kill off all of your bacteria. Use with caution as you will need to start cycling from scratch.


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