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Recently I transferred some jungle val from my grow out
dirt tank to my main tank and today I SEE FREAKING SNAILS
on my driftwood. The snails are 1 cm small, with orange and black stripes.
Are these harmful to my shrimp,fish, and plants? Should I get rid of them?
 

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I was planning to make it a shrimp only tank,
but the snails will compete for food with the
shrimp right? So if I buy 1 assassin snail, that
would be good enough? Sec, I'll take some
 

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It does look like an assassin snail. It's
rounded. I just took out my driftwood and took
out some snails, I got 4 now. -_-
 

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Definitely Assassin snails. I was looking at
google images too. :D
Looks like a bumble bee snail also...
I wonder how did they get in. I just added
a jungle val plant from my dirted grow-out.
 

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Probably on the val. Snail's and even baby shrimp are great at hiding in plants and mosses.

I cleaned out a tank, took out the gravel, put it in a bag, let it sit for like 6 months, gave it to my roomie for a tank he was setting up, within 5 mins of flooding out came ramshorns and assassins after 6 months being in a dried bag of gravel.

I've taken out a clump of moss, put it in a container for like 20 minutes while I tied the moss down to driftwood and scaped the moss, then put it back in water and out come baby shrimp. lol.

Critters are everywhere and more resistant that we think sometimes.
 

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So now that we know that they
are assassin snails, should I keep them?
Well assassins are snail eaters and usually eat other snails. They will usually adapt to other foods but they prefer snails. Very odd times, very very odd, they can attack a freshly molted shrimp and kill it. It's rare though.

As Jake said though, snails in general are good for tanks.
 

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I prefer not to have these guys, if they
aren't really benefical, and they aren't
much of eye candy to me. Are there
any snail killing products for aquariums
out there?
 

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If they are assassins, there can't be that many. Pick them out. They don't breed as fast as pond or ramshorn snails and should be fairly easy to remove. I'd go for removal over chemical nuking a tank. That's always a last last result.

My assassins weren't effect by the fluv. treatment for planaria, it's mostly nerites that are the most sensitive to the dewormer treatments.
 

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Since you're new to the hobby, it's probably a good idea for you to start doing research here on the forum about different types of snails. Not really a good idea to go looking for products to kill them.

There's a wealth of information here to help you out.

Though, you should also spend some time reading before making a quick decision to get rid of any snails you may have.

I prefer not to have these guys, if they
aren't really benefical, and they aren't
much of eye candy to me. Are there
any snail killing products for aquariums
out there?
 
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