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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-23-2013, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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Question newbie. tank mate question

I have a male betta in a 3 gallon half moon tank. I was thinking of getting a zebra snail, but I hear they produce a lot of waste and may leave eggs as well. My tank is filtered, but I'm still curious about adding a buddy. Thanks in advance for any advice and info!

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-23-2013, 09:23 PM
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didnt want to "peek" and leave but your answer will have to come from someone else. I am not a snail guy! Good Luck There are alot of knowledgeable people here and great info to search!
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zebra snail as in zebra nerit? They do produce losts of waste but nerits are smaller and fun fact, from what I hear it is impossible for them to breed in fresh water. Also if you plant live plants in the tank consider a snail your personal gardener. They will keep plants healthy by eating the dead parts of the plant.

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Yes, zebra nerit. No live plants yet. So, not to worry about the waste? Good to know. Thank you.
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Actuality the whole "they wont breed in a fresh water tank" is just a myth, I've have 6 horned nerite snails in my tank for about 5yrs now and they lay eggs all over the place. Here's a forum with a nail guy telling you how to breed them if you want to breed them :http://www.fishforums.net/index.php?...nerite-snails/

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The nerites will lay eggs in freshwater but they won't hatch. For that the eggs need saltwater or rather the minerals and calcium from the saltwater, at least from what I have read. So IMO there is no worry about them over populating your freshwater tank.

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hmmmmm, this is also very true

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Is it filtered? Even a shrimp? They have a low bioload...
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-24-2013, 10:55 AM Thread Starter
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It is filtered. I was peeking at shrimp too. Maybe I will look into them a little more. Shrimp are cleaner than nerites? Any specific shrimp? I keep seeing ghost shrimps mentioned. I was reslly hoping for the zebrz nerit. I have a decent amont of calcium in my water too. I heard that's good forthem. So many things to think about!
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