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Old 05-23-2013, 02:28 AM   #1
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Assassin Snails!!!


Just wanted to say I LOVE these guys!

Had an explosive and seemingly unmanageable outbreak of pond & ramshorn snails (as it tends to happen sometimes) and these guys got right to work. The population's at a reasonable level now. I was hesitant about getting a loach and definitely didn't want to do anything chemical...the assassins were the perfect answer. I'd write these guys a glowing referral for the job any time.
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Old 05-23-2013, 02:01 PM   #2
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What's your feeding routine like? And how mature is the tank?

Pond Snails, Bladder Snails and Ramshorns only develop large populations when you're overfeeding or when there's an abundant food source within your tank.
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Old 05-23-2013, 02:43 PM   #3
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I bought two of these guys when I noticed some small pest snails in my 75. They have kept the pest snail pop manageable. Now I have assassin snail eggs everywhere! Here is hoping I start having a nice population of these suckers to supplement my hobby!

Gotta love em. Haven't found a downside to them yet!
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Old 05-24-2013, 01:32 AM   #4
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I have a tank that I thought had a few trumpet snails but little did I know there were several hundreds of them. Its a sand tank which had a pleco. Didn't see many snails until the pleco died. I think the pleco caused them to hide all the time. I introduced5 assassin snails and an hour later, you couldn't tell there were any trumpet snails. They all went under the sand. This behavior makes me think they have some sort of chemical communication. After a few days they started coming back up but not in full numbers like before.
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Old 05-24-2013, 05:22 AM   #5
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I love these guys too, but they always seem to get romantic with each other, all the time! lol I haven't had any babies yet though.
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Old 05-24-2013, 06:52 AM   #6
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I love these guys too, but they always seem to get romantic with each other, all the time! lol I haven't had any babies yet though.
You may have a few babies running around and not know it. The babies tend to stay buried for a time until they are bigger. Have you noticed any eggs? Clear looking squares with a yellow dot in the center. Usually on the stems of plants or on driftwood. If there's live food and they're attached together, more than likely you've got lil ones
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I've got two also to control my tadpole snail population (it boomed somewhat because they were stealing zucchini/algae wafer pieces my otos and shrimp are eating), but I haven't got any babies yet and the two seem to ignore one another, so I'm assuming I got either two males or two females.

Does shell coloration indicate species? I ask cause one of them has a shell that is nearly completely brown save for a yellow splotch near the front while the other has a shell with clearly defined yellow and black stripes.
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Will these assassins breed like crazy and potentially become troublesome in your tank? Just curious, as some pond snails hitched a ride on some plants I got awhile back, and now they are everywhere...
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I had 3-4 of them in a 15 gallon tank and never noticed any babies. They killed all the pest snails for me over the course of a few months. A month after I moved them to another tank, I noticed 2-3 baby assassins. So no crazy breeding for me anyway.
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I've got two also to control my tadpole snail population (it boomed somewhat because they were stealing zucchini/algae wafer pieces my otos and shrimp are eating), but I haven't got any babies yet and the two seem to ignore one another, so I'm assuming I got either two males or two females.

Does shell coloration indicate species? I ask cause one of them has a shell that is nearly completely brown save for a yellow splotch near the front while the other has a shell with clearly defined yellow and black stripes.
I haven't heard of a way to tell male from female as of yet
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Will these assassins breed like crazy and potentially become troublesome in your tank? Just curious, as some pond snails hitched a ride on some plants I got awhile back, and now they are everywhere...
It is very easy to control assassin snail population. They only breed with live food, and only lay 1 egg at a time. I started out with 6, and have around 60 now. That isn't very many compared to the "pest" snail population some people have. If you do get too many, you could always catch a few and raok some here or sell them for a buck.
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I haven't heard of a way to tell male from female as of yet
The males ride on top of the female when they play "piggyback".

The females tend to be larger, too.
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I had 3-4 of them in a 15 gallon tank and never noticed any babies. They killed all the pest snails for me over the course of a few months. A month after I moved them to another tank, I noticed 2-3 baby assassins. So no crazy breeding for me anyway.
Yeah the babies hide out in the substrate for some time before coming out.
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It is very easy to control assassin snail population. They only breed with live food, and only lay 1 egg at a time. I started out with 6, and have around 60 now. That isn't very many compared to the "pest" snail population some people have. If you do get too many, you could always catch a few and raok some here or sell them for a buck.
Thanks for the information; I appreciate it!
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