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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 05-31-2012, 10:42 PM Thread Starter
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I was thinking of adding a snail to my 5g but I am completely at a loss as to which snail to pick and once I've chosen a snail what do I feed it? (I don't have a algae infestation and my betta girls eat everything I give them. Does it eat poop? There's plenty of poop. xD)

How does it reproduce? (Is it asexual or no? I only want one at the moment.)

How much waste do they produce? How much would I have to do water changes?

Having these questions answered as well as some tips/facts would be mighty handy. I don't want to add anything to my tank without knowing a ton about it.


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I was thinking of adding a snail to my 5g but I am completely at a loss as to which snail to pick and once I've chosen a snail what do I feed it? (I don't have a algae infestation and my betta girls eat everything I give them. Does it eat poop? There's plenty of poop. xD)

How does it reproduce? (Is it asexual or no? I only want one at the moment.)

How much waste do they produce? How much would I have to do water changes?

Having these questions answered as well as some tips/facts would be mighty handy. I don't want to add anything to my tank without knowing a ton about it.
Feed it algae wafers every 4 days and/or fresh veggies that sink. They are NOT assexual, there are males and females. The produce a fair amount of waste but nothing excessive, and with only one you shouldn't have to adjust your water change schedule

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Thank you for replying. I have heard that some are asexual like the Malaysian trump snail. Do you have any suggestions on what breed of snail I should be looking for?


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if it's got more than one betta in your 5... a nerite would be the only choice. Apple snails poop so much. They poop more in one day than my sorority did in a week.
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Thank you for replying. I have heard that some are asexual like the Malaysian trump snail. Do you have any suggestions on what breed of snail I should be looking for?
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if it's got more than one betta in your 5... a nerite would be the only choice. Apple snails poop so much. They poop more in one day than my sorority did in a week.
True, apple snails are bad. But a mystery would be fine :)

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I just wanted to warn you that petsmart doesnt feed their snails. Feed your new snail extra when you first get it :)
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I wouldn't got for a mystery either.
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Yall do realize mystery snails ARE apple snails, right?

Avoid thing like pond snails and ramshorn snails, they are asexual and will reproduce crazy fast.

Nerites are usually the snail of choice as they're algae eaters. Trumpet snails live the substrate as do assassins.

Here check this out: http://www.planetinverts.com/snail_species.html
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i really love rabbit snails. they poop lots, and in my 3 gallon i was cleaning up poop like every other day its true. they reproduce sexually THOUGH both snails i purchased were females and already had enough male genetic material stored up (yes stored up) and had babies. the second one actually was probably already pregnant since her baby showed up like two days after i bought her. but my first one has had two babies since i bought her like a month and a half ago. they are cute, awkward little guys <3

nerites would probably be your best bet since they are small and they can't reproduce in fresh water.

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Thank you guys! I'm thinking the best snail for me would be a nerite, from the information you have all given me plus some google research. However, I'm going to hold off on the snail for now. Since my 5g only has two girls I'm going to add two more girls to kind of lesson the aggression until I have the funds to buy them a bigger tank, and then I'll get the snail once they've upgraded. :D I've been seriously putting off adding any more girls though since I didn't want to overstock my tank but while the girls are acting decent enough to each other I'm getting tired of constantly worrying about them.


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