Assassins And Mysteries

Discussion in 'Snails' started by PatientStars, Apr 15, 2018.

  1. PatientStarsValued MemberMember

    Hi all,

    I have a quick question. I have a pest snail explosion happening in my 50 gallon planted community tank. It's also home to 6 mystery snails and 1 sulawesi (rabbit) snail.

    I have some assassins that I would like to transfer over to this tank to take care of the pest snails. As long as they have the smaller snails to hunt, will they leave the much larger mystery and rabbit snails alone? Or should I still worry about them ganging up and attacking them?

    Just trying to decide whether I should regime the big guys while the assassins do their job, or if I can leave them in the 50 where they are very happy and active.
  2. Discus-TangWell Known MemberMember

    I would think that the mystery is to big for an assassin snail to take down.
  3. PatientStarsValued MemberMember

    Ok, that's what I was thinking, but just wanted another opinion. I figured given the choice between a pea sized pond snail and a golf ball sized mystery snail, the assassins would likely leave the mysteries alone.
  4. SixThreeOhWell Known MemberMember

    I’ve had some ambitious assassins that constantly follow and harass mysteries despite plenty of smaller snails for them.
  5. PatientStarsValued MemberMember

    Hmmm... that's what makes me nervous. The rabbit snail is actually who I worry about the most. He moves a lot slower than the mystery snails, and I already found an assassin hanging onto him. I think my mystery snails are big enough, and fast enough, to deter the assassins, but I may be moving Peter the rabbit snail to another tank for his own safety. I have a real soft spot for him and would hate to see anything happen to him.
  6. BithimalaFishlore VIPMember

    I would move them, or at least keep a close eye on it and be ready to in case.