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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-19-2013, 09:43 AM Thread Starter
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Snail eaters that wont eat plants or shrimp

Hi guys.

I have a 30gallon heavily planted tank that is infested with snails.
Im not sure what type, they must have come in on the plants. Im guessing pond snails.

Anyway, i need them gone because they are destroying my swords.
I have some amano shrimp in the tank so any solution will need to get along with them.

Are there any fish that will do a good job? I have always sworn by clown loaches in the past but not for a planted tank!
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-19-2013, 11:00 AM
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Assassin snails are what you need. They are awesome.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-19-2013, 01:21 PM
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I researched assassin snails before I got them and saw some people saying they would kill rcs and others say they wouldn't. I happened to be in my lfs and noticed they keep their assassins with their pricier shrimp. Don't think they would do that if there were a problem as this is a knowledgeable place and it would probably cut into their profit if assassins ate shrimps. I do think an assassin may eat a shrimp that's already dead, or maybe even really ill. But think about it, if a shrimp isn't quick enough to get away from a snail it was probably on its way out anyway!!
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Assassin snails are what you need. They are awesome.
+1. They made my MTS population disappear within a couple months.

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-19-2013, 03:12 PM
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I did hear that assassin snails can get lazy, though I think that they sexually reproduce so they won't blow up like pond snails (which I have a problem with). I have some Spixi snails which will sometimes go for other snails so I'm hoping they can do something.
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Unfortunately, local fish stores aren't always the best place to get information about what's compatible.

While Assassin Snails don't always harm shrimp, many members on the forum have seen it happen - myself included. Not already dead or dying shrimp, either.

The collective research and experience here on Planted Tank is generally trustworthy. And it's reported that Assassins are occasionally a problem. While the risk is small, it's still there.
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I plan on getting Dwarf Chain Loaches for my tank, but they are hard to find and cost prohibitive, so you're probably best off staying with your assassin idea.

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Amano shrimps can hold their own much better than RCS or other shrimp. I used to keep them in a 15 gallon with a breeding pair of kribs without a problem until the male krib went ballistic and killed everything (including his mate).

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