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post #21 of 37 Old 12-30-2010, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
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I have always heard that it just takes 1 to infest an entire tank. I have always heard they are self-produceing. Although, I have seen the ramshorns cralwing on top of each other....

Earth worms are both male and female, but it takes 2 of them, kinda like how flowers have both, but they can''t pollentate themselves, it has to be done from pollen from another flower.

Maybe the snails are like guppies. Once they mate, they can have several batches all by themselves.

Who knows? I don't even know if there is a reason to know. If you put them in (even 1) they will multiply. That simple.

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post #22 of 37 Old 12-30-2010, 06:46 PM
some snails are like that, of both sex but requiring 2 to reproduce but there are many that can reproduce by themselves, i think MTS and Pond can both reproduce on their own, but Ramshorns need a mate (i could be wrong, havent done official research, but this is what ive been told).
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post #23 of 37 Old 12-30-2010, 10:15 PM
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Yikes! I have been there, done that when it came to the fight to rid my tanks of snails. I had a huge infestation of Ramshorn snails in my tanks. I had, had Guppy fry and was over feeding intentionally to give the fry the best chance to live. They lived but snails were breeding like it was going out of style. They litterally ate my heavily planted tank in no time.

To rid myself of these uninvited guests, I removed all decor and left over tidbits of plants thinking I could cut off their food supply and take away their hiding spots so they would quit breeding. That did not work. I began scooping snails out every single morning and cleaning my tank 50-75% water changes daily. I thought they would definitely starve doing that. NOPE! They continued to breed. Finally, I got a few Assasins. I added 2 Assasins to my 25 gallon tank and 2 to my 60 gallon tank. They successfully munched their way through the problem in the 25 gallon but 2 is not enough in the 60 gallon alone so I still scoop some out when I see them on the glass.

I know that the 25 gallon still has some snails too but the numbers are being kept down, which is fine with me.
I would caution you to research these little critters before getting any though. I thought about it for quite some time before getting these guys. So far, I have not been sorry I did. I just hope THEY don't decide to start over population next. Good Luck to you, I know it can be frustration.
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post #24 of 37 Old 12-30-2010, 11:50 PM
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put a clown loach in that baby and it'll keep the population in check..

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post #25 of 37 Old 12-31-2010, 12:03 AM
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put a clown loach in that baby and it'll keep the population in check..
clown loaches get too big for a 10g tank.
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post #26 of 37 Old 12-31-2010, 12:17 AM
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they do.. but he could temporarily house him there and move into his bigger tank when he gets to that size..

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post #27 of 37 Old 12-31-2010, 11:26 AM
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I think in a 10 gallon tank, I would just drop in one assassin snail. That should take care of the problem.
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post #28 of 37 Old 12-31-2010, 11:36 AM
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Which brings us back to the "Rent a Loach" idea for a snail elimination business, lol.

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post #29 of 37 Old 12-31-2010, 05:15 PM
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haha. I think the only people who would profit from that is fedex with the cost of shipping..

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post #30 of 37 Old 12-31-2010, 07:35 PM
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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.
I believe "Anentome helena" is the proper name for the Assassin snail.

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