dead snails. everything else eaten.
Okay, so I've checked everything I can think of, and I have no idea why this keeps happening.
I've got a huge algae problem. It's coating my tank walls, covering my plants, and my driftwood is almost entirely green. The tank gets about 8 hours of light a day, split into two four-hour bursts, and I have no idea what else to do short of giving up and pretending that I've got an algae-y tank on purpose.
but that's not what I'm here about.
My Beta's a murderer.
I tried ghost shrimp, he ate the ghost shrimp. I'm not buying him Amano shrimp. They're expensive and he's just gonna eat them and get sick
There was a poorly-planned stint where I tried an Oto on the advice of a petsmart fish lady. The Oto went to live in my LFS' plant tank after he got so done with my Betta's issues that he went carnivorous and started chasing my betta around the tank like he thought he was a tiny shark or something.
I figured snails. They're sturdy. They're armored. They can't possibly move fast enough to attack Altair or freak him out. Mystery snails are hardy little things, if Altair the Incredibly Accident Prone Betta can survive me, a snail can, right?
The first one lasted about two weeks. After the second water change with it in there I noticed it was falling a lot, it stopped moving and when I pulled it out of the water it just kinda hung out of its shell like a sad dead thing.
I freaked, checked the water levels (everything's fine, PH 7.5 Ammonia 0, Nitrite 0, Nitrate some tiny number between 0 and 5, temp at ~73F it's a five gallon planted, for good measure because someone's gonna ask)
There's still enough algae in the tank to feed a small snaily army, though the first little guy did make quite a dent, so I went back to the LFS to talk to their invertebrates guy, we both made puzzled faces over the oddly mysterious death of the snail, and I grabbed another one because algae. in my tank. do not want.
That was about three-four days ago, and snail#2 is dead. He made some halfhearted attempt to clean one side of the tank, crawled up on the sponge filter, and now three days later, I pulled him out and he's drooping out of his shell like a sad dead thing.
So my question is, is my betta eating their eyestalks or something? Are they just too stupid to find the algae that's everywhere and starving to death? Do I have the wrong kind of thing to eat the wrong kind of algae again? Should I just give up on finding something that will eat this algae and peacefully coexist with my betta and resign myself to a florescent yellow-green tank of doom?