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Snail-eating Snail Clea (Anentome) helena
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PostPosted: 2008.09.11(Thu)21:09    Post subject: Reply with quote

One more question. Do they eat each other? How do you control their populations?
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PostPosted: 2008.09.12(Fri)0:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

In snail infested tanks the A. helena will breed like crazy of course feeling all that potential food.
Sell them online or to your LFS, or give them to your Local Aquarium Org, etc...

Or keep just one A. helena in a 10 galls. The most important thing is folk should not go for Clow Loaches to keep the snail population down in a 10 galls Wink

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PostPosted: 2008.09.12(Fri)3:19    Post subject: Reply with quote

So collect them up and sell them.

I don't have a snail problem yet, but my trumpets are breeding in a cup right now until I can transfer them to the tanks once I eliminate hydra. I think in future I can get the A. Helena. My tanks are too small for loaches and the bio-load would not handle it anyway.

What else would they eat? Shrimp, Fish, Planaria, Fingertps?
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PostPosted: 2008.09.12(Fri)3:50    Post subject: Reply with quote

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What else would they eat? Shrimp, Fish, Planaria, Fingertps?


I would say anything meaty;
my eat small snails, krill flakes, Crab Cuisine from Hikari.

They aren't capable of attacking living shrimps nor fish.

They might also feed on small worms, hydra and protozoans not sure but is possible.

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PostPosted: 2008.09.12(Fri)9:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm getting 5 A. helena next week...can't wait for them do ther job in my infested tanks. They are finally in United States... Very Happy
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PostPosted: 2008.09.12(Fri)9:51    Post subject: Reply with quote

Butch wrote:
I'm getting 5 A. helena next week...can't wait for them do ther job in my infested tanks. They are finally in United States... Very Happy

Hi Butch, where are you getting them from? I'm really tempted to get a few myself.. Very Happy
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PostPosted: 2008.09.12(Fri)10:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just bought four off of Aquabid.com
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PostPosted: 2008.09.12(Fri)18:31    Post subject: Reply with quote

Through on Tropical Fish forum where this guy has group of A. helena just come in from their longest trip.
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PostPosted: 2008.09.12(Fri)20:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have to wait until I have a snail problem. I was ontop of the snails to start so I have so very few. Just the trumpet snails I am breeding in a margerine tub....
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PostPosted: 2008.09.23(Tue)10:21    Post subject: Reply with quote

I received four healthy A. helena snails. I refer to them fondly by Jacko's nickname of "assassin snails." They are currently in a 5.5g tank because the tank they were intended for (55g) is going through columnaris. Does anyone know if columnaris affects snails?

They are very good snail killers. Twisted Evil I've been taking snails out of my healthy mbuna tanks and feeding them to the assassins. They make short work of them! I've also discovered that the A. helena like Hikari sinking shrimp pellets.
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