Hi all and welcome to the party!!! I have a 110 gallon tank with a bunch of malaysian trumpet snails. I am looking for a good addition to the tank to control (not eliminate) these guys. Any Ideas will be considered and appreciated. I currently have the following in the tank:
2 spotted bristlenose pleco 1.5"
1 longfin albino bristlenose pleco 4"
green phantom pleco 3.5"
two fire belly newts
one pictus catfish
8 tiger barbs 3/4"
4 buenos aires tetral 2"
3 diamond tetra 2"
3 gambusia (mosqitoe fish)
4 lyrtail brichardi 3" (4 babies also 1" or less)
2 gold angel fish 1.5-2
a ton of malaysian trumpet snails
Gah! I just bought assassin snails last week to take care of the MTS. Now you tell me this!
Well, 2 years ago I bought a clown loach to take care of the MTS, but apparently the loaches have different personalities, and this one doesn't eat many MTS at all. Perhaps he is sad because he is by himself.
Rosy barbs...as long as they are not over a dime or so size my group of four will kill and eat any snail they can find within seconds. I initially had 30 - 40 snails in my tank while it was cycling thanks to some plants put them in and after an hour there was snail shells floating around...only one big one survived and they still try to eat it...
41G Planted Community (kind of...), 10G Blue pearl shrimp and trio of breeding cories
Hi all and thank you for the quick responses. I do not overfeed for the fish in my tank an average of 4 times a week they recieve a pinch(almost all of it never hits the gravel) of flakes, 4-8 shrimp pellets alternated with 3 algae wafers. One to two times a week they are fed 3-4 brine shrimp or blood worm frozen cubes. I fast the tank 1-2 days a week depending on my mood. The snails are not out of control yet but I know that they can be very quickly. About weekly I scrape the side of the tank with a net and pull out what I can. The tank is to tall to reach the bottom without scuba gear on. What would I need to do to be able to allow the room for loaches(more tanks the merrier)
Assassin Snails are shrimp killers. Mind you shrimp can breed quicker than they can kill them but the Assassin Snails will take care of your MTS and any other snails you may have no matter how large they are. They will also take care of any fish that may fall ill and lay on the bottom of the tank so keep this in mind.
I found this out the hard way in my 125. I will be tearing it down eventually and will get rid of these pests.
I had hundreds of MTS and out of stupidity I purchased 4 Assassin Snails instead of just capturing them and throwing them away. Now with over 100+ Assassin Snails my tank has some algae issues that they would have taken care of.
Be careful what you put in your tank.
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Assassin do kill shrimp, but not very often, only if they are not getting snails to eat. This is all IME. They will eliminate your MTS eventually. As mentioned, not over feeding will keep the numbers down.
Since assassin snails sell online for at least $2/snail, I've seen them go for $3. I say you sell some of those bad boys and put some of that cash back into your pocket or your tank. $200 extra might come in handy.
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