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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-20-2010, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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what about snails??

okay well i seen some live of course snails @ my LPS and they are free and i was just wondering as a fellow betta fish owner

1.Are they good to use??

2.Do they cause problems?

3.Do they get too big for a 10 gallon?

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What kind of snails?? Apple snails? Mystery snails? Ramshorn snails? Nerite snails?

LOL there are lots of kinds of snails...

Good to use as in "Do they clean the tank?" Nope. They are mostly for entertainment purposes and don't really clean the tank. They poop a lot too add to the bargain. :)

The biggest problem they can cause is over population.

Nope. 1-2 snails can live just perfectly in a 10g, as long as you don't have a lot of other fish in there.

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I like snails and have lots of them....common type most people consider pest, ramshorn, pond and trumpet, IMO/E they can be a good thing in an aquarium if population is kept in check and they can get out of control pretty fast.

Mine have a job and are part of my little ecosystem I create in a glass box, mine do help clean up algae, eat left over food and help make infusoria for the Betta fry first food, the trumpet snail a livebearer helps to keep the soil oxygenated to prevent anaerobic area from their borrowing behavior....but boy-O-boy can these guys get out of control....lol......

I have 100's upon 100's of these different common snails in all my natural planted tanks and enjoy them even though I have to trap and remove at least 100 a week....lol........
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What kind of snails?? Apple snails? Mystery snails? Ramshorn snails? Nerite snails?

LOL there are lots of kinds of snails...

Good to use as in "Do they clean the tank?" Nope. They are mostly for entertainment purposes and don't really clean the tank. They poop a lot too add to the bargain. :)

The biggest problem they can cause is over population.

Nope. 1-2 snails can live just perfectly in a 10g, as long as you don't have a lot of other fish in there.
okay well i have a 10 gallon and also i have an oscar so i dont know weather i sould put them in ther they are about the size of your pinkey finger nail and i was wondering will the oscar eat the snail?

and they are just really cool to just sit there and watch lol im amused easily=D

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You have an Oscar in a 10 gallon?
That's way too small for an Oscar people recommend at least a 75 gallon tank



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Woah, and Oscar in a 10g!?

Def. need an upgrade or to rehome him if you can't get him a proper tank..

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I think the oscar will eat it perhaps.

Make sure the tank looks okay that you are getting the snails from. They can carry parasites so if the tank looks icky I wouldn't take one just in case.

I like snails though they are cool to watch. Sometimes they reproduce too much though but you could feed them to the oscar if he would eat them.

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My betta destroyed snails.. ):
No snails for him.
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Woah, and Oscar in a 10g!?

Def. need an upgrade or to rehome him if you can't get him a proper tank..
i know but for right now it is his only place to live because when i moved i had to sell my 110 gallon so until i get money then i will be getting him a good sized tank that he would do just fine in... but he is a baby so he will survive until i get him a bigger tank=D

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I think the oscar will eat it perhaps.

Make sure the tank looks okay that you are getting the snails from. They can carry parasites so if the tank looks icky I wouldn't take one just in case.

I like snails though they are cool to watch. Sometimes they reproduce too much though but you could feed them to the oscar if he would eat them.
oh okay well thank you "JT" also i heard that these snails over populate really really fast.

is that true?

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