02-25-2013, 09:49 PM #1
Assassin Snail Babies - Growth Rate?
I've had two assassin snails in my tank for nearly a year. I saw no signs of breeding until about a month or two ago when I noticed quite a few tiny, tiny babies. I wasn't sure if they were assassins to start with (I thought they might have been hitch-hiking pond snails on a new plant I bought and thought it'd be welcome new food for the current two assassins). Then they grew a bit...and they are definitely baby assassins...and there are hundreds of them! I had read that assassins breed slowly...well, they took a long time to breed, agreed, but now that they have there are rather a lot of them.
So my question is. How long until they are saleable adults?
02-26-2013, 05:33 PM #2
I think this is a very difficult question to answer because the babies usually stay buried in the substrate for a long time. I had the same experience as you... got three of them and for a long time nothing and then all of a sudden the tank is full of them. I rarely see babies - the ones I see are always full-sized.300 gallon mega tank: build in progress
75 gallon community tank: tetras, danios, corys, platies, otos, pearl gouramis, bristlenose pleco, assassin snails, red cherry shrimp, bamboo shrimp
70 gallon growout tank: clown loaches, sailfin pleco
60 gallon goldfish tank: fancy goldfish
29 gallon frog tank: 1 bullfrog
10 gallon and 5.5 gallon betta tanks: 1 male betta each, sometimes snails
02-26-2013, 09:44 PM #3
Ah right, I didn't realise they stayed buried when babies...that explains things! Perhaps they survived because I switched to soil (which I obviously don't vac at all) as opposed to the coral sand I had before (which I did vac). Will be interesting to see how they come on. At least I won't have to worry about excess feeding with these critters!
02-26-2013, 11:38 PM #4
I used to breed them in a seperate tank... the trick is not to disturb the substrate and only have a very thin layer so its easy to clean... they stay in the substrate for about 3-4 months then you will see mini assassins emerging.... they get to a nice enough size after around 6-8 months. I also found they dont breed as much if they dont have live snails to eat...
Its worth the wait =d!
Last edited by -Alex-; 02-26-2013 at 11:41 PM.20gal- Honey gourami's, Endlers, otto's and minnows.
22gal- 2 Honey gourami's, Bichir senegalus, apisto hongsloi
33gal- (future home to Bichir senegalus)
02-26-2013, 11:58 PM #5
Interesting. Thanks for the info.
I had a closer look at my substrate tonight and I spotted tiny (almost too small to see) white snails under the soil against the glass...and...what looks like assassin eggs. I'll have to set up an assassin snail business.