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I got two clumps of java moss from a local fish store about 3 weeks ago. Today I noticed that their were snails in the deli cups that I am keeping the moss. Yes it is still in the aquatic form. I picked out the snails, changed the water, and ran water over the moss about 30 minutes ago. What should I do if the problem persists? Will the snails die if I take the moss out of water? Is this moss bad to use?

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I guess it depends on how you intend on using the moss. If you're going to set it up terrestrially the snails should just die off. If its going in a "pond" of some sort you can just pick up one of many copper based solutions aquariums sell to soak in. But actually the snails never really pose a problem in aquariums unless there is too much detritus, which would cause them to over-populate. They rarely feed on live plants.

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They are most likely pond snails. They will multiply insanely fast in water. You would have to get the java moss totally dry to kill the snails, and that would kill the moss also. Using any copper supplement will kill invertebrates. If you put the java moss in a small cup with water and tossed in a few pennies it should kill them. However i'm not sure if it would be harmful to the frogs.
The other more common practice is to put the java moss in a very light bleach solution for a few minutes. A 1-19 bleach to water or even better 1-24 bleach to water solution should be fine. I wouldn't do more than 4 minutes.

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I've got snails in the water portion of my tank and they don't hurt anything. If you are using the Java Moss on land, the snails will just die off.

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I would advise against putting java in a bleach solution, its much too sensative. I have heard about the penny thing and it will most likely not be potent enough. If you give the java a good rinse after you use the copper solution it should not affect your frogs. I have a planted aquarium that I use copper on all new plants I put in there all the time and it doesn't even effect any of the shrimp, which are extremely sensative to copper. But as Tim said, the snails really don't hurt anything.

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