Breeding bladder snails for assassin

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I have one assassin snail with an uncontrollable appetite. I dropped 6 bladder snails in his tank and they were all eaten within 3 days, possibly 2 days. So now I have obtained about a dozen more and am breeding them separately for now. How many should I have before adding to the tank so that sammi the assassin will not eat them all. I’m hoping for population control not eradication. I have a 10 gallon with Java broadleaf and windelov and Anubias. Also 4 neons and 4 embers. 3 mommy fish laid eggs that were all eaten recently. Parameters perfect and holds steady.
 

dudley

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You can also supplement feed them using carnivore pellets or other high protein fish food including flake food.
 

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Yes I’m aware of this. He has subsisted on flake, bug bites, and raw shrimp bits for a couple months. However, when I gave him the bladder snails he turned into a whole new man and came alive in my tank. So I want him happy.
 

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Do you think it’s possible for 30 tiny bladder snails to hold a cycle on a 10 gallon? Or would they not create enough ammonia to really require it? I was thinking to cycle their new filter in my main tank but don’t want to waste my time if it’s just going to crash. Any thoughts?
 
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Assassins also love Hikari algae wafers:




I started with about 15 acquired a few weeks apart. I have sold or given away 100s and have many more in at least 6 tanks. But I breed fish and have to feed fry often which means pond snails galore. So I move them from grow tanks to tanks with assassins.
 
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