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Assassin's don't take down nerites, none that I've seen anyways and I breed assassin's in a tank with nerites. Also, if the numbers of pond snails or ramshorn or whatever you have is large enough, your assassin's will breed just as prolific and soon have many numbers. I started with 3 assassin's in a 55. Have well over 500 within two years. And I don't even feed them snails anymore, they just eat the pellets I feed my cories. I have to remove them every few months just to keep their numbers down.

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Assassin's don't take down nerites, none that I've seen anyways and I breed assassin's in a tank with nerites. Also, if the numbers of pond snails or ramshorn or whatever you have is large enough, your assassin's will breed just as prolific and soon have many numbers. I started with 3 assassin's in a 55. Have well over 500 within two years. And I don't even feed them snails anymore, they just eat the pellets I feed my cories. I have to remove them every few months just to keep their numbers down.

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Wow, that's a ton of Assassins. I think I have 50 or so random pond/rams snails. Not too many, but enough to serve a purpose.

I will remove the assassins once they do their job. They are not something I want to hang on to. I just want to experience them once. As for the Nerites, if the assassins don't eat them, I will get rid of them. They are too high of a bio-load. Not worth it to me.

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I think I am going to get rid of my ghost shrimp. They have been harassing one of my neon tetras who now has a tattered fin because of all the aggression from the ghost shrimp. The ghosts are swimming up the glass and bouncing off to nip at the tail of the same neon tetra over and over again. I think in a short amount of time, they will immobilize it and eat it. Not all the Ghosts are aggressive, just the ones that are over 1 inch in size. I think I will introduce them to my neighbors Oscar tank. They probably look like crickets to Oscars.

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I picked up 6 some .75 inch Zebra Danios today for $.36 each. The price made my decision clear and they were fresh stock that arrived this morning. nice looking fish.
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Zebra danio are fun little fish. And the ghost shrimp I had killed many guppy and platy before I figured ou it was them.

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Zebra danio are fun little fish. And the ghost shrimp I had killed many guppy and platy before I figured ou it was them.

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Seriously. Ghost shrimp are murderous ninjas. I had someone pick up all 12 this morning via craigslist free ad. I hope there wasn't a 13th I missed since I just added 25 juvenile RCS.
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Picture of the fish swimming on all levels of the tank with the addition of the Zebra Danios.

The Zebra Danios actually made the neon tetra more brave and swim high and around the tank more.

Current stock (maybe a tad overstocked, but not too bad):
8 Zebra Danios
16 Neon Tetra
6 Peppered Cory Cats
25 RCS
6 Amano Shrimp
various snails

Cats on the bottom, Neons in the middle and Danios at the top.



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Looks Good. I like the color choice of the substrate. Similar to some of my own.

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