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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 10-10-2011, 03:50 PM Thread Starter
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PLZ help, Apple snails!

So I think apple snails are cool. I kind of want one but I was looking online at sites on them and YT videos and stuff and aside from the confusing sub-species are all apple snails gendered? I don't want a hermaphrodite of anything!!!
My tank is not overrun with algae so I understand I'd have to feed it wafers and lettuce, whatever no big deal. But is my tank big enough for Laki and a snail?? I think it's a 2.5-3 gal (medium kritter keeper)
And what's this I hear about bioload.. It poops out double what it eats? That doesn't seem fun. . .

So I was wondering the maintenance of them and if it's worth it.

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I was gonna get them. But then I heard they poop a lot so I got Shrimps instead. Informations from snail owners will be helpful :)

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I have one, and he's doing well, but he's in a 33gal with lots of live plants
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post #4 of 22 (permalink) Old 10-10-2011, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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bioload wise... I don't know now if I wants one. I was looking into smaller ones like zebra and assassins. Anyone know anything about them?

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As long as you clean your tank regularly you won't really see much of a mess. I have two mystery snails, and I noticed the seem to poo more when I feed them cucumbers. Not sure why! So I always make sure to feed them treats that make them poo a lot more right before I clean the tank. They're really fun to watch, and mine seem to have a lot of personality. I would recommend them mainly because I enjoy mine so much c:

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I'm not a fan. They poo everywhere and eat my plants. the small ones die and leave their shells all over the ground. they breed like crazy and are almost impossible to get rid of. I try to kill them.
I once got an apple snail and it made a huge mess...never again am I getting a snail. Although I admit the applesnails are fun to watch...thats probably their best and only attribute.
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:P Thanks for your added comment! Though, zebra snails breed only in brackish water and eggs don't survive in freshwater. The apple snails are gendered though so they need a mate to reproduce.

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I dont even think we are allowed zebra snails in nz...so I'm kinda jealous.

I must have the bad kind of snails then...they are small, round and orange and the others are greyish brown with pointy shells. Avoid them at all costs haha
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I think you're referrring to ramshorns. Those look really awesome but reproduce with themselves and create a problem. The good thing about the assassin (or zebra I forget which one now) is that they hunt down the smaller species f snail and eat them!!

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Gotta say, love my apple snail, it spends it's days eating any dead or dieing plant matter. And uh, the girls seem to poo more than him >.>
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