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aunt kymmie 04-06-2011 12:49 PM

Two (out of ten) Assasin snails have died???
 
Why?? I really like my Assasins and want to prevent any further deaths. Water params are 0 for amm & nitrIte, 5 ppm nitrAtes, ph 7.4. Tank is maintained at a steady 77 degrees. 50% water changes weekly.
They share a tank with multiple RCS and MTS. Any idea why these two succumbed?? How long do these snails live anyway? I see on our profiles that they are carnivorous so I know they didn't die for lack of food. They have plenty of MTS to feed off of, and I feed the tank with various forms of food, including beefheart, sinking carnivore pellets, etc.

InvertPlanet 04-06-2011 01:04 PM

my oldest has lived for about 2 years, but usually best, guess is about a year.

What type of substrate are you using?

aunt kymmie 04-06-2011 01:14 PM

Well, due to their size they could have easliy been a year old, as they were my largest ones. I'm using sand substrate in a planted tank.
What substrates would they do better in, if not sand??

InvertPlanet 04-06-2011 02:20 PM

no.. sand is excellent.. that is just what they want and need :)


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