Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Fayetteville, NC
Snails (Apple snails aka Gold/Blue/Black/Ivory mystery snails) do keep down the algae and they also eat the fish poopie...however, keep in mind that since they are eating they are pooping too. it can look untidy when you got snail turds on your glass but ultimately their by product hasnt been a hassle. it falls off the glass soon. i have a gold snail and blue snail and also a teeny baby snail that stowed away on a plant i brought home in a 10 gal tank and my bettas dont mess with em. only thing is you may have a betta that will take a bite @ their antennae so just keep a look out. id advise getting just one, no more than two.. start with one and see how you like it. im not positive how much they eat but two snails to one fish sounds like competition for food but they can also be fed algea wafers (the ones you give to those sucky algae fish), they go nuts on those. FYI snails are awesome to watch...they do some pretty cool stuff under water.