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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-13-2014, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking of getting a snail for algae control

My recently-cycled 5-gallon tank is developing algae, so I guess it's time to consider a snail. If I do get one, I'll be going to my local pet store for a snail, but I'll have to know exactly what I want since they recently downsized and anything living is order-only now. What is a species of snail that does well with bettas but isn't too messy and won't multiply rapidly? My tank is kept at 80*F and the pH is 7.6. Anything you could tell me about the care of any recommended snail would be greatly appreciated.

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Well nerites and GREAT algae eaters but they do now multiply in fresh water.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-17-2014, 12:49 PM
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Hmm. You have a 5 gal... well, go with a Nerite or two. Nerites need brackish (slightly salty) water to reproduce in and are apparently difficult to breed. Plus, Nerites don't have much of their body exposed beyond the shell.
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If I do end up getting a snail, I like the look of the zebra nerites, so I guess that's what I'll get. Thanks for the replies!

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