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Question Apple snails with betta?

Hi everyone, I want a little friend for my betta. He is in a one gallon bowl but if I put a lid on it would an Apple snail be a good fit? If so, how do you care for an Apple snail? Thanks!
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Not in a one gallon. A one gallon is barly big enough for one betta, let alone a tank the.
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My betta is doing great in 1 gallon. Are Apple snails good with betta though?
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If you want an apple snail, I would suggest upgrading to a 5G and cycled tank. Reason being - apple snails produce alot of poop and can get quite large. I think the standard is 2.5 gallons for one apple snail.

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Scientific Name: Pomacea Bridgesii
Ease of Care: Easy
Approximate Arrival Size: .5 to 1.5 inches
Approximate Full Size: 2.5 inches
Native Region: North America
Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Omnivore

The Gold Mystery Snail, also known as an Apple Snail, are among the most colorful of Apple Snail species and exist in a number of colors. Gold Mystery Snails grow much better in water with a PH closer to 8.0, rather than a very low PH. These snails are not asexual, it does require both a male and female snail to produce eggs, so there is less worry about having snails overrun an aquarium via reproduction. The Gold Mystery Snail is a good eater and will eat fish food as well as fresh vegetables such as cucumber slices. If keeping one of these snails, it needs to be fed, it will not do well if left to only eat what it can scavenge from the aquarium. Tank mates for these snails should be peaceful fish such as Tetras, Platies, Danios, Corydoras Catfish, and Guppies.
Nerites are smaller but I am not sure if that means they have a smaller bioload or not. They are prety neat and cme in various shell designs
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Scientific Name: Nerita natalensis
Ease of Care: Easy
Approximate Arrival Size: .5 to 1.5 inches
Approximate Full Size: 2 inches
Native Region: Africa
Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Omnivore

This freshwater or brackish water snail is one of the best algae eaters you will find for a freshwater aquarium. They work well in aquariums with or without live plants, as they do not seem to harm live plants at all. These beautiful snails won't harm any other creature in the aquarium, and another nice feature is that they do not breed in straight freshwater. They would need brackish water to breed, so there is no need to worry about an army of snails over running the aquarium. If you have a peaceful community aquarium, you can't go wrong adding a couple of these great snails.
Maybe shrimp? Not sure what they require to be happy as I do not have any. However I do now they may become a snac for the betta.

my bettas hardly pay attention to the snails, although I have heard that some will bite off antennas

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Yes, but add an apple snail to a 1g and you will kill them both.
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That is not true.
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Actually, it is. Do you really think something this big could live in 1g of water with a fish?

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These guys were this big when I got them --> O and now:


That blue thing in the background is a sponge filter for an 8o gallon tank for comparison - even though its in a 20G tank. These guys poop SO MUCH. The ammonia level for one snail AND one betta in a 1 gallon will reach dangerous ammonia levels very quickly. The snail grew to about 3 inches and is still growing, in less then 3 months.

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Those snails are huge! I would definitely not put it in a 1gallon with a Betta.
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Okay, a one gallon bowl is two small for both. But it is not too small for one betta.
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