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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-03-2019, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
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algae cleaner with assassin snails

I have a 20 long in which I would like to keep algae under control. I have assassin snails to keep pest snails out, so could i out in some bigger nerites, or would they get eaten. I also thought about ammano shrimp however I have some electric blue rams, The tank is planted, so would the ammanos become food or would they survive. I also have 2 otos but they are not really doing the job right now. Any suggestions?
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Assassins gobble nerites first. My primary recommendation is to manage the algae yourself, manually. If it is regular normal side-tank algae, my only eater recommendation would be a dwarf bristle pleco but only if you can keep a decent sized piece of driftwood in the tank for it to hide under (and chew on). Beware that driftwood often harbors bba algae spores (sadly, plecos don't eat bba).

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my three nerites have been hanging with three assasins for about 6 months now. I've heard they can gang up on one, but that typically the plate the nerites have can shut them out. Sadly, my 7 month old rams horn fell victim yesterday.
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I've had nerites and assassins in the same tanks for several years with no issues. One tank even had assassins breeding for a while and the nerite was never bothered. I have usually the tiger or red spot nerites which get to a good size.
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The rams shouldn't bother the Amanos other than when they're over eggs or fry. They'll definitely chase them away but won't eat them.
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