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    My 5.5g is having a mini explosion of MTS... and I really don't want them in my tank nor do I enjoy them snacking on my live plants . However, I read that Assassin snails can attack shrimp or shrimplets? Anyone with experience know anything about them? I'd love to get just one to control the population in the tank, but I worry that they may attack my shrimp(and shrimplets) or fry.
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    I have no experience with that, however if you only have one of them I dont see how much damage it could do if your shrimp are breeding well. if you do notice a drop in shrimplets then its just one "round" of shrimplets depleted...

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    Assassin snails are a great way to control snails, and your shrimp will be fine.

    Edit: Here are photos of an Assassin at work, and making a getaway:

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    Assassins are good at getting rid of other pest snails i have 4 in with my cherry/fire red shrimps i have not seen them eat or go after my shrimps if you would like a Assassin i can give you one for free just let me know if you do want one
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    I have no problems with Assain snails with my shrimp.However they will not wipe out all the snails in the tank.If you do not have many shrimp I remove them to another tank and add a yo yo loach or any other snail eating loach until the snails are gone.I move my loaches once they have done there job to my fish only tank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jousters View Post
    I have no problems with Assain snails with my shrimp.However they will not wipe out all the snails in the tank.If you do not have many shrimp I remove them to another tank and add a yo yo loach or any other snail eating loach until the snails are gone.I move my loaches once they have done there job to my fish only tank.
    Problem is i have a 5.5g.... Not enough room for the loaches. PLus, no where to move them to at the moment, I don't have a spare tank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by corrie View Post
    Assassins are good at getting rid of other pest snails i have 4 in with my cherry/fire red shrimps i have not seen them eat or go after my shrimps if you would like a Assassin i can give you one for free just let me know if you do want one
    That's reassuring and thanks
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    I have a spare 5.5 gallon you can have.You can transfer the shrimp,filter water into the spare tank until you remove all the snails.I don't think you will be able to take them all out by hand.PM if you are interested.
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    That rumour of assassin snails attacking shrimps continues to propagate on the internet. Totally false. Can you imagine a snail catching a shrimp? Kinda like a slug catching a grasshopper.
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    Yeah I've seen pics of an Assassin eating a shrimp, but it was likely just scavenging on a dead shrimp.
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