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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-11-2011, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
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Question Snails?

So I bought some new plants off of aquabid and they seemed to be infested with red ramshorn snails, which was stated in the post. I really like snails. So I put them in as well.

What surprised me was there was what looked (to me) like a few Trumpet Snails in the bunch as well. Should I be concerned about the different species of snail in my tank?

Also my betta keeps trying to eat the little ramshorn snails. Would that possibly hurt him?


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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-11-2011, 04:24 PM
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My Nixon has a Ramshorn in his tank :) Every now and then you hear a loud "clink" because he's attacking the snail... always because the snail is in his bubble nest hehe

I have had pond snails and trumpets in the same tank, my pond snails are all gone now though. I really can't see it being a problem. I just love snails, even the "pest" ones.


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I think i read somewhere that in the wild bettas eat small snails.

if you like snails then it should be ok, as long as you don't have more bioload than your tank can handle. Snails have a huge bioload. Also they may start breeding on you, and then you'll have millions of snails.

I've heard alot of positive things about the lettuce trick, where you put some lettuce in the tank and after a few hours all your snails will be on it so you can grab them if need be.

i have some awesome "pest" snails in my tanks. Actually need to get some trumpet snails for one of them.
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Your tank, at least for many types of snails, will only be able to sustain a certain number of pest snails-- that is, if you dont over feed, etc. they wont be too bad or hurt your bioload. Trumpet snails are great for aerating your gravel and preventing packets of methane and gas from building up :)
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-12-2011, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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Cool. I really like them they are just so interesting.

I just witnessed my betta eating one of the bigger trumpet snails. It was climbing up the side of the tank and he just stanched the body into his mouth before it had a chance to go back in it's shall. Now I have an empty shell on the bottom of my tank. O.o


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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-13-2011, 03:19 PM
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I have one Mystery snail, as well as a few other true mystery snails, that is, I don't know what they are. I am pretty sure I have a bunch of ramshorns, but I also have this one, perfectly round snail that I thought had been accidently thrown away, but I just found in a different tank. Might have slipped over there on a plant... Anyways, it is almost 2cm in diameter and perfectly round!



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If you don't like the snails, fresh water puffers are great at eating them. Of course you won't want your bettas in with them, because puffers can be rather aggressive.

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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-13-2011, 08:47 PM
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^ This is true. Actually, some members on TFK have fish that eat small snails, so if you find you have a lot and would feel comfortable, you can try posting a classified on there to see if youll get any takers.

Its a good way to help people out as well as build bonds with other members :D
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I keep hoping for a snail explosion so i can get some money back from my LFS... they have lots of puffers.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-13-2011, 10:30 PM
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So my only real question here is what seller did you buy plants from & get free orange ramshorn snails?
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