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Old 10-20-2012, 01:23 PM   #1 
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So...I bought a snail

What in the world was I thinking?

Well, I know exactly what I was thinking. All the snails at my local Petsmarts are dying very quickly because they don't keep the plant tank anymore and the big tank water is too cold for them. So I felt bad. I pity purchased a yellow Mystery Snail. His name is Harry. Harry will be put in Dumbledore's 5.5 gallon planted tank. I bought some sinking algae wafers by Hikari to at least hold him over until I can blanch some cucumber. Will that be okay to put in my betta tank?

I have a 1 gallon and an old preset heater that I'll set up for Harry for his QT. How long should I keep him in a QT for? I was gonna say 2 weeks, unless I see something obviously wrong with him.

This will be interesting.
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Old 10-20-2012, 01:43 PM   #2 
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At least you didn't cave in and get pond snails. I almost did that the other day, they were so pretty sitting there in the pond, that I had to stop myself from taking some. I thought I learned my lesson the last time I had pond snails, but I guess not. Fortunately, my dad was there with me (we were taking my son fishing) and reminded me of the pond snail disaster I went through as a teenager. Fortunately my fish ate the littlest ones, but man, they can reproduce faster than you can blink.

Sorry, that's not very helpful I know. I don't know if you need to quarantine snails, I didn't when I had my pond snails. I guess if the tank he was in had sick fish, then I would quarantine him. I just assumed that snails ate algae, but I don't see a problem with putting blanched cucumber in with the betta as long as you replace it out when it get's moldy and such. Your betta's not going to eat it, he will probably investigate it though to make sure it isn't something he can eat.
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Old 10-20-2012, 03:16 PM   #3 
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Sounds good!
2 weeks sounds like a good amount of time to me.
Make sure you clean that 1 gallon tank daily, because snails are very excellent poopers. lol

Oh, keep in mind, to never have the snail in the tank while treating a fish using salt. It sounds like it'd be obvious but it is something that most people dont really think about.

Good luck!
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Old 10-20-2012, 03:19 PM   #4 
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Dying from cold water? I doubt it, these snails will do way better in a cold tank than a tropical tank.
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Old 10-20-2012, 04:21 PM   #5 
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Dying from cold water? I doubt it, these snails will do way better in a cold tank than a tropical tank.
That's just what the girl told me at the store. She could've told me snails also have wings and fly.

He's in his 1 gallon now, happily sucking over everything. Has somewhat investigated the feeder thing I dropped in, but hasn't eaten (I don't think...>.>). He's rather interesting, that's for sure.

Only reason I asked about QT is because they had a cichlid in there with the snails because she had eggs in her mouth and they wanted to see if she spit them out. Which she did while I was there, lol. I don't want to bring home any cichlid diseases to Dumbledore.
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Old 10-20-2012, 07:34 PM   #6 
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Dying from cold water? I doubt it, these snails will do way better in a cold tank than a tropical tank.
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usually mystery snails die due to being in tanks that are too warm...

Snails in LFS usually die due to the water parameters over temperature...
And also due to the Low KH GH in the LFS >>

The reason the cichlid had the eggs in her mouth is because some are mouth brooders...

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Old 10-20-2012, 11:06 PM   #7 
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Oh, I know why she had them in her mouth, lol. I just didn't want her to be carrying something, pass it onto the snail, and then the snail pass it on to my fish. So he's in a cozy heated 1 gallon munching on an algae wafer :)
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Old 10-21-2012, 08:19 AM   #8 
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Mystery snails are actually apple snails. You can find out all about them here and if you have questions they have a forum filled with very useful people. http://www.applesnail.net/
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Old 10-21-2012, 11:24 AM   #9 
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so if mystery/apple snails don't prefer algae, what kind of snail does? I'm looking for something to eat the algae on the bottom of my tank. I don't think my girl would tolerate an algae eating fish.
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Old 10-21-2012, 12:50 PM   #10 
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so if mystery/apple snails don't prefer algae, what kind of snail does? I'm looking for something to eat the algae on the bottom of my tank. I don't think my girl would tolerate an algae eating fish.
Nerite snails I believe eat algae. But you would have to double check me just to make sure. :)
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