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Old 12-21-2010, 12:02 PM   #11
 
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Ouch! Would 1 GS do that to an assassin snail?

well heres exactly what happen: soon as the pond snails fell down, the shrimps automatically thought "food." so they run around rampantly searching for whatever i dropped in there. They found the snails, reached their claws into the opening and massacered them. I found that they try doing this to malaysian snails also but from observance, i noticed that the snail "door" prevents the shrimps from getting to their bodies. Im not sure if assassin snails have a strong "door" like that of malaysian snails but...
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Old 12-21-2010, 12:26 PM   #12
 
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Accept your snails as friends cos its very hard to get rid of them by all accounts! I think they're interesting and they provide a valuable service of clearing up any excess food and eating algae. If you don't overfeed your fish the snail population should remain manageable.

I'd be very sceptical about adding any snail killing medication because of possible side effects on the fish
+100. IMO it is practically impossible to remove snails once they are there. It can be done but your looking at replacing at least the gravel IMO. Half of it comes from the fact that most snails are asexual, if you only miss one all your efforts will be in vain. I enjoy my snails and wouldn't give them up if I could lol. Never had a "invasion", such a event is a sign your tank is imbalanced.

You all have weird shrimp. My cherries ignore snails. Most snail killers are copper medications, which don't work all that great. They will kill some snails, all shrimp, irritate the fish, and stress out the plants. We use the exact same meds for ich treatment, snails though is a much high dose.

I think you are fighting the inevitable but go for it if thats what you want.
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Old 12-21-2010, 12:33 PM   #13
 
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I knew about the snails being self-produceing, that is exactly why I want to get rid of as many as I can.

Maybe I can take my GS out and get myself an assassin snail!! If that would be a problem with anything else other than the GS, please let me know. BTW, does assassin snail have any other "common names"? I couldn't imagine going to walmart and seeing a sign that said "assassin snail". Just wondering.
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Old 12-21-2010, 12:40 PM   #14
 
copper will get into your gravel and then you have a bigger problem since it becomes harder to get rid of the copper than the snails. Assassin snail hunting is like... watching two old persons hobbling after eachother down the street, i dont think its all that exciting... Snails are seriously not that bad, but since pond snails and ramshorns dont burrow, they are infinitely easier than getting rid of MTS, a friend of mine spent one month inspecting his tank each day and crushing snails with a spoon against his glass. His snail population eventually just vanished. IF you got the free time, the crushed snails make a great snack for your fish and you can kill some time playing the aquariums version of wheres waldo...
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Old 12-29-2010, 10:34 AM   #15
 
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You know that only MTS are nocturnal, right?

If you have MTS, then 100% leave them. They won't hurt anything.

People will buy MTS on aquabid.
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Old 12-29-2010, 11:22 AM   #16
 
well MTS dont overpopulate your tank unless you are overfeeding. MTS are impossible to get rid of unless you start over with the tank.


My friend only had pond snails to smash, no MTS. People on aquabid sell pond and ramshorn sometimes too.
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Old 12-29-2010, 11:25 AM   #17
 
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I got about 6-12 MTS for FREE at my lfs. I put them in my 5g tank. The MTS have infested my lfs, so they will give me as many as I can take home!
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Old 12-29-2010, 11:32 AM   #18
 
they are awesome snails, just make sure you dont overfeed or they will overbreed. They give birth to live babies and can do so asexually and at a very young age so keep an eye on their population. Otherwise they only have good things to add to the tank.
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Old 12-30-2010, 12:34 PM   #19
 
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I'm pretty sure snails still have to mate... They're all both male and female, but I don't think they can mate with themselves...



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they are awesome snails, just make sure you dont overfeed or they will overbreed. They give birth to live babies and can do so asexually and at a very young age so keep an eye on their population. Otherwise they only have good things to add to the tank.
That's true with all snails IMO.
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Old 12-30-2010, 12:50 PM   #20
 
some snails do eat live plants and those are just plain annoying.. AS for MTS im 90% sure they can produce asexually because i added 1 to a tank and i now have over 75 of them without ever adding more snails. I check all my plants for snails and have never had any other snail but that 1 mts in my tank.
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