I asked this before but is there anyone on here who has used a product to get rid of snails that did the job and did not kill goldfish or plants? My pump keeps getting clogged up with them. This spring I drained and rinsed the pond multiple times trying to get rid of the darn things but they are of course back. I hate using chemicals but I am willing to try at this point in time.
In the past I've used one of the parasitic medications for fish. Even though my fish didn't have parasites ( it didn't hurt them to be dosed anyway) the label said not to use it on snails, scaleless fish, etc...so that clued me in to the fact that it just might kill them! Although it didn't get rid of all of them, it did cut down their numbers. I'm planning on doing it again, because I see their nasty damage beginning on my lily leaves again.
I'm sorry you have problem snails. Never experienced that. That said I have a mesh bag that came with my pump and pump is down inside of skimmer but with bag nothing can get right into it.
Maybe a bag would help keep them out of your pump as I'm sure thats a pain.
My son was here today and happened to mention he found some cute little snails in his pond around his pump. I told him to pick them out as he has a stock tank pond and can reach them easily. I told him about your problem and he said maybe I had better get rid of all of them. I told him good idea.
Hope you can get rid of all of yours. I can imagine what they can do to a pump.
Carolyn, you're 100% correct! My first snails came in on a water lily I ordered a few years ago. I usually dip my plants in my fish parasitic dip to avoid contamination...and occasionally potassium permaganate if they look muddy or skeptical...but ONE time I didn't...and all it takes is ONE time, and voila! Snails... blah...
We ended up with these tiny snails that get into some of the pumps. They must have come in on a plant, because the only type of snails we put into our pond are the trapdoor snails and these little buggers in the few pumps that have these problems dont' look like the trapdoor snails.
Another thing that comes to mind is that parasites can come in this way as well. I know there was one year we had anchorworm and that year we had not added any fish, but I had swapped waterplants with somebody. I won't ever do that again without treating the plants.