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Very effective Assassins
Old 01-07-2011, 04:17 PM   #1
 
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Very effective Assassins

Well, as many of you know, I had a huge outbreak of Ramshorn snails in my small tank and some in my large tank. The small tank was literally crawling with the little buggers. I tried removing everything other then gravel and doing daily water changes, I tried starving them out by minimal feeding, I was scooping any out each morning only to find more at night. Finally, I got an Assassin snail. Actually I put 2 in there but only can find one. What I am NOT seeing however, is any Ramshorn snails. I think they or it has effectively done in all of the other snails. Would they eat each other as well? I am tempted to dump him into my 60 gallon tank but don't want the Assassins to eat each other. Anyone know if they know their own kind and avoid eating each other or not?
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Old 01-07-2011, 04:22 PM   #2
 
As far as i know Assassin snails don't eat their own kind.
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Old 01-07-2011, 04:33 PM   #3
 
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Everything I've read says they don't cannabilize each other. I'm glad you finally got your snail problem in check.
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Old 01-07-2011, 05:27 PM   #4
 
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That is what I thought as well but I dumped 2 in each tank and now no matter how hard I look, I can only find one in each.
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Old 01-07-2011, 05:54 PM   #5
 
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That is what I thought as well but I dumped 2 in each tank and now no matter how hard I look, I can only find one in each.
What type of substrate are in your tanks?? According to some of the pics I looked at those Assasins can bury themselves and almost look invisible.
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Old 01-07-2011, 06:08 PM   #6
 
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I have Eco-Complete in both tanks. It is just a little odd that I can't find 2 at any point. Hopefully they didn't kill the others but I am hesitant to put them together for awhile just in case.
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Old 01-07-2011, 07:22 PM   #7
 
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From my experience, Assassins will hide in the substrate for months at a time. He/she may turn up when you least expect it ;)
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Old 01-08-2011, 05:09 PM   #8
 
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From my experience, Assassins will hide in the substrate for months at a time. He/she may turn up when you least expect it ;)

I hope so. I think they are doing a great job keeping the pest snail numbers in check. It would just be a nice thing to know they are alive or not. Odd that only one in each tank chooses to hide though. Then again, stranger things have happened that is for sure.
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Old 01-08-2011, 06:44 PM   #9
 
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I hope so. I think they are doing a great job keeping the pest snail numbers in check. It would just be a nice thing to know they are alive or not. Odd that only one in each tank chooses to hide though. Then again, stranger things have happened that is for sure.
Inga, that Assassin is probably so "stuffed" from making mince-meat out of your ramshorns that he's probably in a tad of hibernation mode, like DanMarion says. I'm betting that eventually he'll turn up, hope so.
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Old 01-09-2011, 02:43 PM   #10
 
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I hope so. I think they are doing a great job keeping the pest snail numbers in check. It would just be a nice thing to know they are alive or not. Odd that only one in each tank chooses to hide though. Then again, stranger things have happened that is for sure.
They have a tendency to disappear, and then turn up when you think they're long gone.

If you happen to have a male and a female in one of your tanks, you may even be surprised to find a baby assassin one of these days. They breed slow, but breed they do.
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