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Baddams's Feisty Fluval
#41
Yeah, I couldn't imagine this stuff being dwarfy enough.
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I've done it with polysperma before. Easier to push the stems down as its grows rather than cutting and replanting Smile
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I've just given my LFS a ring and they took a delivery of assassin snails ('a tankful') yesterday.
I'll pop over at the weekend and then Operation Snailmgeddon can begin!

Anything I need to bear in mind when I go to get them?
I'm thinking of getting a couple - are they likely to overrun the tank?
Anything to look out for when selecting them (size, condition?)?

Cheers!
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don't get any with cracks in the shells ( lacking calcium or damaged ) apart from that, if they look alive then all good.
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For a 240L I'd get 4 assassin snails, they don't breed particularly well in aquariums so you won't get overrun with them. You could always pass a couple on to someone else once they have shifted the majority of the problem snails. It won't happen overnight. I moved mine from a previous tank that had a few snails come in on plants to a brand new set up and I've never seen a problem snail in it but the assassins seem to stay at a fairly constant level. I think they just eke out a living on food debris now and spend a lot of time buried in the substrate. They seem to crawl up the glass for a while after a water change but then quickly settle down again.
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Okay, I'm having a bit of a panic.

Popped down to the LFS and picked up three assassin snails.

While I was in there I got some live food (a bag each of bloodworms, daphnia and glassworms).
The guy in the shop suggested I feed them the bloodworms first, as the others will last longer in the fridge.

A load of the bloodworms disappeared down into the sand before they could get eaten and this is giving me The Fear!

I need reassuring that this is nothing to worry about and they'll get picked off as they emerge and I'm not going to end up with a house full of midges(?). Also, please don't tell me they'll die and rot down there.
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What fish do you have, I can't remember off-hand?
A lot will burrow into the sand for them, and snails will eat them....especially the assassins. Wink
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...get someone else to do it! Big Grin

Enjoy your fish, shrimps and snails!
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I've only got three small Panda Corys and a pair of Kribs that do any active digging and even then it's just the top couple of mm. I'm hoping the bloodworms aren't sensible enough to burrow deeper.

I'm a little less hysterical this morning. Nobody's exploded from overeating - the Neons looked like they were going to burst last night, with silhouettes more like Hatchets. Parameters are okay and there's just what looks like a month's worth of poo dropped in one night.

Looking at the bloodworm life cycle, I'm assuming that they'll pupate in the substrate and emerge as midges before heading for the surface. Hopefully they won't make it past the patrolling & Harlequins so I'll avoid a house full of midges (at least they're non-biting).

That does assume that they survive down there!
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