I have a tank with so many snails , but I also have quite a few cherry shrimp. I was thinking about getting a assassin snail as I figure a loach may get carried away with his snacking.Would a assassin snail like my shrimp? Any help on this would be great.
It really depends on the type of snails they are. Malaysian Trumpets are usually left alone by Assassin Snails unless the tank is not fed for a while. With a colony of cherry shrimp, that may be hard to do.
I read enough reports of assassin snails killing shrimp to put me off the idea, a lot of people said they would only eat shrimplets but a few of them were saying they had experienced the snails killing adult shrimp aswell. I have no actual experience with this- its just what I have read on the web.
The shrimp eating sounds possible. But it is also possible that the snails are eating the discarded skins that have been shed. In any case, they would only eat the occasional shrimp, and probably not affect the overall population. It depends on how much it matters to lose the odd shrimp, I suppose. If you don't want Assassins, the Trumpet snails can also be controlled by tossing in a piece of vegetable and fishing them out when they come to feed.
I've had both together for a long time, never a problem. The shrimp are way too fast for the assassin snails, even newborns. I see the shrimp cleaning them all the time though hitching a ride. I wouldn't worry about it. Any shrimp that die will become food though, which is a good thing for obvious reasons.