View Full Version : Snails...

05-21-2011, 10:06 PM
My 29G was overpopulated with these guys. I finally found some time to scoop them out with a net... I caught 75% of them. Should I get assassin snails to control these snails?

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05-21-2011, 10:32 PM

Typical Tony
05-22-2011, 01:31 AM
ime, assassins dont really go after these guys as much as the ramshorn.

05-22-2011, 05:32 AM
assasin snails take like 30 minutes just to eat 1 snail. and they probably only eat 1-2 a day. I dont know how fast those snails in your picture are multiplying but assasin snails may not solve the problem. plus assasin snails are pricy.

05-22-2011, 06:52 AM
Fish Gallery had assassin snails as late as last week. Not *terribly* expensive.

05-22-2011, 07:51 AM
I wouldn't hesitate for a moment!

Although assassins prefer ramshorns, they'll eat whatever is there, so they'll chow down on the MTS.

It won't be a quick fix, but it's effective. If you keep pulling them out and the assassins hunt them, eventually everything will reach a balance. (Plus the assassins will breed also, so your investment will multiply.)

Btw, bhughes often has assassins available and she also lives in Grand Prairie.

05-22-2011, 08:10 AM
Thats alot of snails

05-22-2011, 08:37 AM
A great way to take out alot of snails in a little time is to use a length of 1/2" or so tubing as a siphon. It creates just enough suction to suck them up one at a time while not taking out much water. They seemed to be mocking me in that there would be a mass of them out, then just a few when it was time for maintenance, so I started keeping a small bucket and a length of hose under the tank. In a minute or two I can suck up a bunch of them, not make a mess and only have to replace a couple of gallons of water.

05-22-2011, 09:56 AM
I got 3 assasins at the auction last month. Although not night and day difference, I think I can tell there's less of the unwanted snails.

Phonetic Diabetic
05-22-2011, 10:30 AM
Would a temporary homing of loaches do the trick?

05-22-2011, 10:44 AM
IMO they are great sand sifters.
You never mentioned what kind of tank they were in.

05-22-2011, 05:15 PM
yes, what green said.
IMO, these are the least harmful snails I know of. I got a bunch in my 60g planted, they basically just sift through gravel and only come up once in a while. I guess my clown loaches keep them under control as well.

05-22-2011, 05:52 PM
I bought 6 assassins from FG today & hope they will eventually knock down my snail problem. 3 for $9 was the price which I felt was decent.

05-22-2011, 08:09 PM
my assassins and the MTS ,kinda hang together.Mine assassins have had babies and they will chose the ramshorn over the MTS.the MTS are good for the plants,they dig into the substrate(aerate),so I let them co-exist.

05-22-2011, 10:01 PM
I put a couple in a 30gl that was infested those #$%^ MTS and in about a month the only snails I ever saw were the assassins:hehe:

07-17-2011, 08:49 PM
dude..i want some..

07-17-2011, 10:27 PM
Clown Loaches? Petsmart has them on sale right now.