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Old 06-30-2013, 12:00 PM   #1
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Concerning Snails

Hi guys! (and girls)!

I havent been on AA in awhile, but now im back! And of course, it's because I have a question relating to aquariums.

Sooo these past few weeks I've been thinking of getting a few snails for my 20 gallon. Also in this tank is a school of silvertip tetras, 2 amano shrimp, 4 julii corys, and some plants and driftwood. Among the plants somewhere is the shell of my last tiger nerite snail . Since dear old mum banned anything larger than the shrimp, i cant get freshwater crabs or lobsters. Thats okay though, since I think snails are awesome. Just have a few questions concerning the types im looking at (nerite and assassin snails)

1. I've read that assassin snails are assassins for a reason. Will they pose any threat to nerites?
2. I don't have a snail infestation. What do assassins eat? Can I use algae flakes? Do they scavenge?
3. Nerites breed in only brackish water. If I were to breed them, how would i go about doing so?

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Old 06-30-2013, 12:11 PM   #2
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Hey, assassin snails would eat ANY other snails in your tank including the nitrites. There has also been reports of them eating dwarf shrimps, appx 1inch so I wouldn't get them unless they were on their own. If they were on their own I would get some tadpole snails from your lfs for free or try breeding MTS or ramhorns.
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