Quick background: Santa brought my son a male veiltail in a planted, heated, filtered, and cycled 15g tank. All is well. The aquarium is in a location where it will be getting quite a bit of sunlight, so I determined that a pair of apple (mystery) snails would make a nice addition to help control the anticipated algae growth. My son selected one snail with a yellow shell and translucent white/pink body and a second snail with a light blue shell and brown body.
The problem: The Betta picks on the blue/brown guy. Every time the poor thing tries to come out of its shell, the Betta is there to nip at his antennae, snorkel, eyes, or anything else it dares to bare. Meanwhile, the yellow/white guy gets away scot free and zooms around the tank with impunity!
It's been a week now and the yellow/white snail has nearly doubled in size while the poor blue/brown guy just seems to cower in one place. I've tried to intervene by feeding algae wafers at night and even by placing the blue/brown snail right next to a wafer in a strategic location where it'll be relatively safe. Nothing has worked so far and I'm concerned that the battered snail is going to starve.
Request for advice: I'm seeking the advice of this forum before I do anything too hasty. Should I return the bullied snail? Give it more time? Might the Betta eventually relax his aggression? Any thoughts on why he would go after the brown bodied snail while showing no interest in the lighter colored counterpart? Thank you in advance for your help!
Sorry, been busy lately haven't been on, it's possible it could get used to the snails. My bettas did the same, now they're okay. I would try a bit longer unless it gets too bad then take it out for sure. Might work, but sometimes it just wont! :(
Sometimes bettas are just not meant to have tank mates. There's no telling why he would pick on the blue snail and not the gold but I'd probably take the blue one out.
True, True like I said above you could try longer, based on your discresion.
In my experience.. the ones that pick on snails are going to pick on almost anything else. It's really a gamble though.. he could be fine..or he might not.
One more request for advice: If I return the snail, any thoughts on how best to explain that to a 2 year old?
Ooh, that's a tough one hey? You could be truthful and tell him or her the fishy was being mean to the snail so he had to leave for a little bit (or something that makes sense to a young one) or you could make a nice story or something, Honestly I'm not sure.....For the sake of the 2 year old I reccommend you try to keep it to see if it gets better based on your opinion to take it out if it gets too bad. Any more questions, just ask! Keep us posted if it gets better or worse. :) Hopefully it'll work out well for the both of you!