Advice on removing snail from return pipe

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Hello reefers

I have a snail in my return pipe inside my flow box. I need to remove it due to blockage of the drain, causing the emergency drain to activate. What is the safest method to go about removing the snail?

I am thinking of removing the bulkhead nut from the bottom of the tank and pull the pipe. Is this the best route to go?

What about the water from the over flow box?

Should I have emergency back ups in case worse case scenario?

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Siphon out the water from the box, and remove return pipe as required. Or get something thin and flexible to try and rod out the snail. I suggest making a way to access this again in the future, as it will probably happen again.
 
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Try turning the return pump off first and then see if you can get the snail removed that way. Suction from water going down (even a small amount of water) will make it seem like the snail is stuck.

If this does not work, then leave return off, empty that chamber, remove pipe from below (under the stand) and use something to push the snail up.

Once done, order a "fish guard" for the size pipe you have, install and not worry about a snail getting stuck again.
 

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Try turning the return pump off first and then see if you can get the snail removed that way. Suction from water going down (even a small amount of water) will make it seem like the snail is stuck.

If this does not work, then leave return off, empty that chamber, remove pipe from below (under the stand) and use something to push the snail up.

Once done, order a "fish guard" for the size pipe you have, install and not worry about a snail getting stuck again.

The guards are a life saver... I use what's pictured from Lifeguard Aquatics
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Try turning the return pump off first and then see if you can get the snail removed that way. Suction from water going down (even a small amount of water) will make it seem like the snail is stuck.

If this does not work, then leave return off, empty that chamber, remove pipe from below (under the stand) and use something to push the snail up.

Once done, order a "fish guard" for the size pipe you have, install and not worry about a snail getting stuck again.
Ima need to make a custom stick big enough to push the snail through. I believe it’s a margarita snail , a big one that covers the entire diameter of pipe
 
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