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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-26-2016, 11:08 AM Thread Starter
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Feeding snail - dish or no?

So my little snail has done a great job at cleaning my 10 gallon. I never see algae anymore. She still goes around cleaning so I guess she is eating things I can't see. Since I can't see anything, I ended up buying Ken's Premium Veggie Sticks so she would have food if needed. I have been dropping half a stick in the water so it lands in a dish. I figured it would be easier to clean leftovers that way and it is. However, I recently added some driftwood and I need something a bit smaller to feed her from if I want to add a cave of some sort for a future fish. Or do I? I feel bad just dropping it on the sandy bottom.

How do you feed your snails?
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Well I just got my snail 2 days ago and the goy at pet smart said that the golden mystery snails will eat anything: fish poop, fish food, Algeria and anything else. But what kind of snail is yours? That might help.
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A nerite.
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Nerite Snails are extremely picky eaters. Most will only eat natural algae and will skate right over processed food and vegetables. Some people think they are eating but they aren't.

The Number 1 reason for death in Nerite is starvation. I would suggest you put some rocks in a shallow bowl of water and place on or near a sunny window. Within no time you'll have some algae. Swap the rock out as she cleans them.

BTW, the pet store guy is wrong: No snail eats poop. Why they would say such is beyond me. Some snails will, however, eat the undigested food in excrement but they don't eat the excrement itself. It's up to us to clean that out of a tank.

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Nerite Snails are extremely picky eaters. Most will only eat natural algae and will skate right over processed food and vegetables. Some people think they are eating but they aren't.

The Number 1 reason for death in Nerite is starvation. I would suggest you put some rocks in a shallow bowl of water and place on or near a sunny window. Within no time you'll have some algae. Swap the rock out as she cleans them.

BTW, the pet store guy is wrong: No snail eats poop. Why they would say such is beyond me. Some snails will, however, eat the undigested food in excrement but they don't eat the excrement itself. It's up to us to clean that out of a tank.
Well I feel awful. I swear, she goes over to the veggie stick once it is soft and just makes a mess with it. I always assumed she was eating it. She is still alive though so she is either eating it or finding enough algae to eat.
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