Originally Posted by Juicebox
what would be a cheap set up for breeding feeder snails? common pond snails and ramshorns
would 1 gallon be enough or 2 gallon?
id use a 25 watt heater..
would a filter be needed if changing 50 - 70 percent of water 1 - 2 times a week? would water conditioner be needed in the water?
i would use a bard bottom tank so easier to take out the snails when needed but should any live plants be added or will the snails just eat them?hat kind of stuff should i put in the tank or just keep it completely bare?
I would definitely add live plants. You'll need to treat the water just like you would for a fish since snails do produce waste, so water conditioner and filtration are a good idea, although I have had unfiltered snail tanks too, with highly oxygenating plants. I give my snails a combination of dry IAL leaf litter and live plants to hang out on. They tend to only eat dead/dying plants and algae and leave the live plants alone. They just clean scum off the live plants.
I would probably go for at least a 2-3 gallon tank, to give the snails plenty of space to keep breeding. They tend to not breed as much when they hit the maximum population that can be sustained in a tank, and since you want to breed them, more space will get them producing lots of babies.
I supplement my snail tanks with calcium pills from the drug store to ensure nice hard shells.