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Claire
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« on: June 01, 2013, 12:45:57 PM »

Picked up an assassin snail today.
Quite cool looking.
It's for my 200L to do away with all the pesky pond snails that keep hitchhiking in on my plants.

My nerite snails are bigger than the assassin so will they be OK?
I have looked around the internet but does anyone here have any experience of assassin snails eating healthy plants?

While I'm on the subject (sort of) of my lfs:
The lady who served me asked me all the usual questions they have to ask before making the sale; what size of tank, what fish were already in it, when was the last fish added, did I have live plants....
Then said "do you not have a couple of clown loaches to deal with the snails?"
Me - ''My tank is not big enough''
Lady - "A 200L?" (with a 'yeah right' look on her face)
Me - "They need a 7/8ft+ tank"
lady - "I have one in a 60L"
Me - "they are schooling fish, he needs 5+ friends"
Lady - "He's got other fish in with him"
Me - "no no, I mean 5 other clown loaches"
Lady - "He had a friend but he killed it, he's one of those territorial, aggressive fish that you can't put anything in with"
Me - "Your single clown loach in a 60L?" "wow"...walks away....
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« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2013, 06:50:31 PM »

Assassin snails don't eat plants, but they may eat nerites.  I've kept Nerites with Assassin snails without problem, but I have read that it is risky.

You may need more assassin snails, however.  I'd think you'd want at least 4-5 in such a big tank.
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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2013, 04:41:41 AM »

Iv kept assassins with nerites and apple snails too.... they might gang up on a nerite if they are hungry... i didnt have any problems.
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« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2013, 05:04:25 AM »

I only got 1 because I didn't want them to breed and don't now how to sex them.
I suppose I could get 3 and split them between my tanks after they've dealt with the pond snails... Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2013, 12:38:33 AM »

Assassin snail are difficult to maintain. Any recommendation to place these Assassin snail.
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« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2013, 02:54:08 AM »

This is my first time keeping an assassin snail.
He's nocturnal and does indeed munch the pest snails in the tank, that's about all I've learned about him from observation.
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« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2013, 03:18:38 AM »

Here is a little video i did on assassin snails....


Its very unlikely you will get overrun with assassins.... i used to breed them in a separate tank and i started off with 4 and ended up with 40+ after 6-7 months. To get that many they had to have a constant supply of live snails and no gravel vacs as the babies are easily sucked up the hose. I just had a very thin layer of sand.

Alternatively i also kept them in a tank with no live snails and they ate whatever my fish ate.... rarely saw any eggs but they got on fine, so when they eat up all the snails you wont have to worry about them over populating the tank. In the video they are in with my crayfish... they would much on leftover bloodworms.
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« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2013, 11:10:54 PM »

I've kept assassin snails for years -- they seem quite easy to look after. Never had a problem with over-breeding either -- I can recollect seeing 1-2 baby assassins....

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« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2013, 06:50:50 PM »

I had a ton of little pond snails and ramhorns (sp?) in my 125g. Within a month of introducing 4 assassins it is rare I see the pest snails. I've also noticed a decline in my cherry shrimp population, not sure its the assassins doing but I've heard they can snag the little ones or when a shrimp is molting. Could also be that my kuhlis acquired a taste for them  Sad
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« Reply #9 on: July 01, 2013, 11:40:33 AM »

I put a dozen assassin snails in my 100g and haven't noticed any decline in Trumpet snails...although I don't hardly see any assassins either...I think the trumpets staged a coup.  confused
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« Reply #10 on: July 01, 2013, 04:25:24 PM »

Bman im sure the Kuhli's are snaking on the baby shrimp.
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« Reply #11 on: July 04, 2013, 10:36:55 PM »

I put a dozen assassin snails in my 100g and haven't noticed any decline in Trumpet snails...although I don't hardly see any assassins either...I think the trumpets staged a coup.  confused

Cannsyl,

It takes a long time for the assassins to make a difference (if they are still alive...? look and see if you can find any of them). I gave up on mine and then one day -- no more pond snails!

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