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XD algae wafers wont cause algae directly. but if it is uneaten and left in there too long, you may get an ammonia spike, and THAT might give you algae :P

its usually fine to leave veggies in a cycled tank. If uncycled... I would take it out.... Try spinach for the snails, it is much healthier than celery :)
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1.5 gallon is too small for a snail with the bioload, correct?
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1.5 gallon is too small for a snail with the bioload, correct?
I believe so.
I think the minimum is 2.5, correct if I'm wrong anyone..lol

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Technically yes. 1.5gallons is too small.

This rule can be overidden if you have enough floaters and stem plants which will keep water parameters in check. So in other words, if a large snail is to be kept in a small tank, the tank will need to be heavily planted and water uality monitored initially. That has been my personal experience.
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What types of plants would you recommend for that?
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Low stem plants are pretty fail proof. these include brazilian penny wort, Anacharis, Naja grass, water wisteria, water sprite.....

Floaters like salvinia and duckweed also do not require high levels of light :) Dwarf Water lettuce can keep the water clean by mechanically filtering the water with their long bushy roots.

I have many many snails in my 2.5 gallon tank :)
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Low stem plants are pretty fail proof. these include brazilian penny wort, Anacharis, Naja grass, water wisteria, water sprite.....

Floaters like salvinia and duckweed also do not require high levels of light :) Dwarf Water lettuce can keep the water clean by mechanically filtering the water with their long bushy roots.

I have many many snails in my 2.5 gallon tank :)
Would water lettuce be okay in high light?

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Love this thread, and your shrimp one too! I have been contemplating getting a nerite snail and a possibly a couple ghost shrimp for my 5G tank, so this came at a great time.

Do you have any suggestions for brand of algae wafers? I'm thinking there are probably ones that are better than others, just like betta food. And how much do you recommend feeding them?
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I never feed my snails or my betta. If i do, I scrape off the algae from my filter and feed that to the snails >.>

the shrimps enjoy picking at things you can't see. The occassional blanched vegetable works great for both snails and shrimps. especially spinach :)

My amano scavanged off my fish, they eat just about all types off fish food. you don neccessarily need to feed algae wafers, just supplement with blanched veggies

I need to make a thread on that XD but dont really have time right now. I wrote these two way back for the betta fish weekly, which we dont have enough ppl to do anymore :(
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Great thread Aokashi! I don't know the "hassel" of keeping snails yet but will be getting a nerite snail soon to add to my planted tank. Can you safely keep snails and shrimp together? along with a betta?
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