Assassin Snail (Clea Helena)

Assassin Snail (Clea Helena)

Assassin Snail (Clea Helena)

Assassin Snail (Clea Helena)

Assassin Snail (Clea Helena) What do you do when your populations of pond, ramshorn, Malaysian trumpet snails or other species of gastropods are out of control? Well, the best solution is to cut down on the amount of food you’re putting into the tank. Another solution is to add a small group of Assassin Snails. They are far better snail hunters than loaches. Of course, a few snails in a tank are not a problem and add to a natural look . But if the population explodes, water quality is bound to deteriorate because of the amount of added waste that the snails produce. Assassin snails help control the population but do not multiply quickly. However, they live up to five years so you should be able to feed them. While their favorite food is snail meat, they will also eat bloodworms, dead fish, and even flakes if no snails are around. Oh..be careful.. if you keep them in a shrimp tank and the other snails run out, they will eat any shrimp smaller than they are. They will not attack prey items larger than themselves like adult shrimp, apple snails and mystery snails are safe from all but the largest Assassins.
Origin: SE Asia
Size: Usually seen between 2-4cm (.75 -1.5 inches) but some sources claim they can grow twice that size.
Diet: Smaller snail species which are engulfed by its foot. They also will eat other snails’ eggs. When hungry it may eat other invertebrates.
Habitat: Prefers a sand bottom in slightly hard water. It will spend part of its time burrowing under the surface hunting for Trumpet snails. They can be kept in a planted aquarium as they have no interest in greens. You should keep the tank covered to prevent them from crawling out.
Breeding: Assassin snails are not hermaphrodites like many snails so just because you have two or three, it does not mean they will reproduce. If you do have a pair, the females will lay several eggs individually in square capsules. The eggs take several weeks to hatch and the babies generally bury themselves in the sand for some time after hatching.

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