02-25-2013, 08:49 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?"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." Carl Sagan
02-26-2013, 04:33 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 / 10 gallon tadpole tank: 1 leopard frog, 1 tadpole
10 gallon and 5.5 gallon betta tanks: 1 male betta each, sometimes snails
02-26-2013, 08:44 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!"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." Carl Sagan
02-26-2013, 10:38 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 10:41 PM.20gal- Honey gourami's, Endlers, otto's and minnows.
22gal- 2 Honey gourami's, Bichir senegalus, apisto hongsloi
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02-26-2013, 10:58 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."Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." Carl Sagan