What type of snail?

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  1. Zero96

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    I bought some java moss a couple of weeks ago and this snail just popped up... there were golden apple snails in the tank of the moss when I bought it but I'm not sure, also can I keep these snails with shrimp because that tank was meant to be a for my carbon rilli's

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    Pond snail
     
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    Is it a pest snail, should I get rid of them
     
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    Pond snails, Ramshorn snails and Malaysian Trumpet Snails (MTS) are generally regarded as pest snails, and most people don't want them in their tanks.
    They breed incredibly quickly, and can take over a tank.
    They can be difficult to get rid of.
    The easiest way is to introduce Assassin Snails (Clea Helena) to the tank, as they feed on pest snails.
    They also don't breed as fast as pest snails, and don't do any damage to plants.
    Depending on the size of the tank just 1-2 Assassins will decimate the pest snail population.
    Alternatively you can try trapping them.
    Clown loaches and puffer fish also eat snails, although clown loaches grow quite large, and many puffers require specific water parameters.
     
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    Thanks for the info... just one more question if I get 2 assassin snails will they breed and will they eat shrimp
     
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    Assassin snails are gender specific, unlike pest snails.
    You need a male and female for them to breed, and you can't differentiate between the sexes.
    Should you have a breeding pair, they may breed, by laying a single egg at a time.

    Some people say that Assassins will hunt shrimp, although I have never seen it happen.
    They will eat dead shrimp though.
    Shrimp are incredibly fast, and snails are incredibly slow.
    Predation may occur, but the chances of a hunt being successful are tiny.
     
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    Thanks for all the help
     
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    Fast breeding is right!
    I had 3 ramshorns and 1 assassin... I now have 200 ramshorns and one very happy assassin :D
     

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