Treating a seeded sponge filter for snails

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HELP, I have sponge filters seeded in my main tank ready to transfer to a brand new tank. I discovered unwanted snails in themain tank, so I probably have snails and eggs in the sponge filters. The main tank is currently being treated with Seachem Cupramine Copper. How can I kill off the snails and eggs quickly without harming my bacteria colony? I have Bleach and Alum on hand.
 

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Could you squeeze it out thoroughly in the same copper solution?

I really don't know the answer as I don't mind and expect to have some snails in my tanks.
 

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Could you squeeze it out thoroughly in the same copper solution?

I really don't know the answer as I don't mind and expect to have some snails in my tanks.
The Seachem Cupramine Copper is a 14 day treatment. From what I hear, it may have to be retreated. I was hoping to have the new tank up and cycling this week. I think of the snails as unwanted guests that I want to crush.
 

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I got those little devils in my tank. They came in on some live plants. I vacuumed a couple times a week and bought in 5 YoYo Loaches, They are much better controlled now, but with every filter change there are always some there. The loaches are doing their job as there are always empty shells in the sub-straight. I don't know if we will ever get rid of them now, but they are controlled. I have always been afraid of using the copper in my tank. I have Mystery and Nerites that are regular residents of my tank.
 

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Too many pest snails simply means you are putting too much food into a tank. I find them a great indicator of that.
 

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I don't have a lot of snails, but even one is too many especially as much as they breed. I will rid myself of them even if I have to disassemble and bleach this tank.
 

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That will do wonders for establishing your beneficial bacterial colony.

I'm kidding! I get it. You've got a thing for snails.
 

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That will do wonders for establishing your beneficial bacterial colony.

I'm kidding! I get it. You've got a thing for snails.
Not me. I brought in some live plants and within 24 hours I noticed the snails. I think they are pond snails??? I would love to get rid of them for good. And, yes, I probably do over feed a times. I try real hard to control that. I do have 5 Nerites and 3 Mysteries.
 

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put the filters in a large enough filter or other fine-meshed bag.

the snails will not be able to get out.

you can do what you want with them afterwards.
 

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put the filters in a large enough filter or other fine-meshed bag.

the snails will not be able to get out.

you can do what you want with them afterwards.
They will continue to live in the bag until they starve. How long would that take? Would the bacteria survive?
What would happen if I just soaked the filters in a bucket of water heavily dosed with copper? Afterward I could rinse them in a bucket of dechlorinated water, then let them soak with a charcoal pack to leach out any remaining copper.
 
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