Hello everybody, some time ago I made a video about the snails that can live in our aquariums, and somes species can be rather invasives. So today we’ll make some snail traps very easy to make, that cost practically nothing. I’ll show you right now the snail trap that I’ve been using since more than 15 years. It’s a simple glass bottle, with a thin fishing thread tied around so I can grab it easily without having to put my hands in the water. It’s a rudimentary method, but it’s efficient! You just have to put some fish food in it, for example tablets for bottom feeders like ancistrus or pleco, this works really well to bait the snails inside. For example I use Tetra Wafermix, these are little tablets for bottom eaters : take one tablet, put it in the little bottle and place the bottle directly in the aquarium, like so. Place it horizontally, and it’s done, your snail trap is ready. Come back one or two hours later, and you’ll already have a good number of snails in the bottle. This is the result two hours after putting the little snail trap in my aquarium. I have a lot of ‘physa marmorata’ in this shrimp aquarium, so obviously I only caught physa, but you can also trap limnaea, you can trap planorbis as well as melanoides with the same method. If you don’t have bottom eaters tablets you can also use zucchini or cucumber as bait, snails love it. You can also use regular fish food, like granules or flakes, but it’s a little less convenient and appetizing for the snails. I already trapped quite some snail so let’s see what we have. I’ll just take the glass bottle out of the aquarium by using the little thread and pulling on it, and there you go, we got all the snails without getting wet. Once the snails trapped, just empty the bottle to get rid of the unwanted snails. You can throw them away. Snails are more active at night so I advise you to place your snail trap in the aquarium on the evening so you can take it out on the morning with a lot of snails trapped. In just 2 hours I caught about 20 snails in my aquarium. But if you don’t have a small glass bottle you can also make your snail trap very easily with just some plastic bottles. You don’t have to use big bottles but if you only have that you still can. Use little water bottles, it’s more than enough, let’s see how it’s done. For this example I’ll use a 50 cL little mineral water bottle that’ll do really well in a nano aquarium. I peel off the useless label, of course. I unscrew the cap, and with a utility knife I’m going to cut the bottle I cut the top third of the bottle but it’s not like I have to be precise to the centimeter. *cut cut cut* Now we have the main part of the trap, and the entrance that I place like so. And that’s it, the snail trap is done, it’s a really simple and easy to make method : snails go in that way and they’ll eat the food inside. If you want to trap planorbis for example this opening will be wide enough to catch them. However, if you want to trap smaller snails like physa or melanoides without catching small fishes in the trap you’ll have to drill a small hole in the bottle cap to narrow the opening. By screwing up the cap on the bottle opening you’ll restrict the size of the snails that’ll be able to enter the trap. It’s up to you to decide how big to make the hole depending on the size of the snails in your aquariums. That’s it, the snail trap is ready! It’s really easy, you just have to put the bait inside -bottom feeders food, regular fish food, flakes, granules, shrimp food also works really well- Then simply place the trap at the bottom of the aquarium, horizontally. Don’t worry if little fishes or shrimps go inside your snail trap, most of the time they’ll be quick and clever enough to get out by themselves. Snails can also get out of the snail trap but they are a lot slower which allows to catch lots of them. If you don’t want to put your hands in the water to take your snail trap out of the aquarium just tie a thin fishing thread around the bottle. And that’s how to trap easily, effortlessly and almost freely the unwanted snails in your aquarium. Now I only have to wish you all a happy snail catching Don’t forget that you can watch my video on the snails that lives in our aquariums to identify easily the ones you may have in you aquarium and don’t forget to subscribe to my channel so you won’t miss my new videos See you soon, bye bye!