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Exclamation Trying apple snails,help.

I am planning to get some apple snails with some leopard snails.
My question is will they get along?
And can apple snails eat algae like the leopard snails?
Will they be ok with fries?
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Well first how big is the tank?
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Apple snails are fine with live fish. My apple snails get along with everyone but Fluffy. He picks on the snail sometimes. Big Red loved his Apple snail. He even slept on him. They won't mess with the fry unless it is dead. I've had them with olive nerite snails again no issue. They are fine in tanks with no tops. They drop down as oppose to nerites that will crawl out.

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Just remember they create a lot of waste.
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They do but a cycled tank can handle it and if they are cleaning the tank regularly it shouldn't make an impact on the tanks over all health. If you have a planted tank you will find you tank may be understocked for health of the ecosystem you are creating. If you follow the 1" to 1g rule it doesn't always mean you have a healthy tank or a happy fish. Tank stocking vs size is a very gray area.

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That is why the 1 inch per gallon rule is fake.
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It does apply in some areas very well. I use that rule when stocking my 40g because of the type of fish I use. Once it is fully planted and grown in I will add shrimp and bottom dwelling cleaners to balance what the plants need. Just remember there is no one set rule that applies to all.


Oh and yes they do eat algae. Lettuce and cucumbers make nice treats for them too.

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It works for some smaller fish. Never with bigger fish.
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I'd use blanched romaine, zucchini or cucumber as a staple to feed them. If you have one a slice 2-3 times a week. As it is I try to put in two slices every other day for my oh about 5 quarter sized munchers.

As for fry, most apple snails, at least pomacea diffusa, formerly known as brigs, shouldn't harm any fry. Pomacea cana...(well I have no idea how to spell the rest but they are simply called cana!) may cause trouble with fry.

Having said that 90% of the apple or mystery snails are diffusa. Cana is illegal to sell in many states. They also grow larger, and will destroy any and all plants.
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Are vegetables good for cories?
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