Oh snails!!! Snails are great depending on the the type & the size of the tank. I have Mystery, Nerite, Trumpet & some hitchhiking pond & ramshorn snails; I don't like the pond or ramshorn snails. I also have a moss ball in 4 of my tanks. I don't think you need to get rid of the moss ball but that is your choice, you're main problem IMO is too many snails in a tank that's not big enough for the bio-load. Some stores will buy or give store credit for snails but it would depend on the type of snail. You could post an ad on Craigslist, ebay, the classifieds on this forum or anywhere else saying you'll sell or give away snails but you'll need to identify them. Personally, I kill the little buggers before they have a chance to grow because I don't want to be over run with the pond or ramshorn snails. I don't put anything but a Betta in any tank/container smaller than a 5g because I don't want to risk the water quality. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
Thanks for the reply. I wasn't aware that a store may be willing to take them off my hands. The next time I'm going to be in a larger town/city that has a pet store I'll call and ask them if they are interested, if I haven't got rid of them by then.
I just can't bring myself to kill them, a few of them are not little. I do get rid of the egg pouches when I change water but sometimes some of them make it through somehow. They are Ramshorn by the way.
I would love to keep the moss ball, I paid $10 for the stupid thing.
But I'm scared of harming Red more. I can see now that the snails are a problem but the moss ball was the only thing new when the water started getting dirty even quicker and Red got sick. I know it makes no sense but......
It didn't come straight from a tank at the pet store, it was quarantined in a separate cup ready for sale. I rinsed the waste out of it really well during each water change so I don't understand. Also, now that it's been in with the snails I'm concerned small snails or eggs may be hidden in it, and I don't want to put any of those back in with my Betta.