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Old 04-21-2012, 03:19 PM   #1 
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Rabbit Snail in 5 gallon?

I have a 5 gallon aquarium being cycled for my betta. I was wondering if I would have enough room for a rabbit snail? I have a moss ball and 2 other plants in there already. How big do the rabbit snails get? Is a 5 gallon going to end up being too small? Thanks!
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Old 04-21-2012, 03:38 PM   #2 
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I'd say it's fine for one.
They grow very slowly.. and I think 3" is the max.
They prefer sand, mine likes to bury himself from time to time and they come out a lot more in low light. They aren't very active, because... well you'll see when you get him, they drag their bodies in a really awkward way that probably tires them out.
If you have gravel, that's fine, but sometimes they climb up the glass and fall, this can break the shell, but it's fine and grows back. Note, I have seen mine on the glass once in the 2 weeks I've had him.

They are often called heavy plant eaters... I've pulled mine off the crypts twice, but if you feed him with something else it'll prevent him from eating the plants. Just put the food in and put him on top, mine would eat all through the night.
I'd feed half a cucumber slice every other day.. though now I have bottom feeder tablets for him, which is also good, and more nutritious so I'd recommend it in the long run.
They also need calcium for their shells, either plain cuttle bone that you can find in the bird section, or spinach leaves are two good starting points.
I leave in veggies overnight, since that's when he does most of his eating, and remove in the morning, unless he's still eating.

Also, they need a pH of at least 7 or more.

Curious, how much do they sell for where you are? I paid $6.50 for mine, and so want to take great care for it.
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Old 04-24-2012, 07:51 AM   #3 
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I haven't seen any in my area. I was planning on ordering nonlinear so I'll have to add on shipping costs as well. I figure around $8 a snail. My hubby has a 50 gal stocked with cichlids so the extras will go in there.
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Old 04-27-2012, 12:02 AM   #4 
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I really adore my rabbit snail, and like Olympia said, they are pretty slow and stuff. Mine likes to climb a lot, but not as often as she did when i first got her.

also the awesomest thing about them is that they not only reproduce sexually, but they only have like 1-3 babies at a time, and only about once a month, and they take forever to grow. they do hold onto sperm too. funny story-a week after i brought Darroh home, i found a baby clinging to the side of the tank. They come out as fully formed minis of the parents! baby's been hiding the last few days though
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