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Old 01-15-2011, 10:37 AM   #1 
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Mystery Snail Question

Ok so I don't have an overly large tank or anything, just a betta bowl with a female betta and a mystery snail. I perform 100% water changes every 3 days. The snail and betta seem very happy together. I was just wondering.....my snail does move around the tank, but he gets algae growing on his shell. How do I get rid of that?
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Old 01-15-2011, 12:44 PM   #2 
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Hmm, I wouldn't know. Mine lost his algea if I kept in extremely clean water. How big is your tank?
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Old 01-15-2011, 07:18 PM   #3 
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My tank is probably about 2 liters. And I know you are going to say thats too small but getting a new tank is out of question.
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Old 01-16-2011, 04:17 PM   #4 
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So does anybody know what to do?
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Old 01-16-2011, 06:39 PM   #5 
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Cool This is an easy one...

Well, ya got 2 choices...

First, the reason that the algae is growing on the shell of your Mystery Snail is that they always keep a sample of their favorite algae with them just in case they find themselves in an environment totally devoid of it... sort of like Johnny Appleseed...

Second, you can add another Mystery Snail and they will eat the algae off of each others shells... problem solved...


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Old 01-17-2011, 03:29 PM   #6 
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Great! Thank you so much! I will probably get another smaller one. The one I have is fairly large so would he bully the smaller one?
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Old 01-18-2011, 07:30 PM   #7 
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Wonderful playmates...

I have 6 Gold Mystery Snails that I keep in my 20 gallon tank with my male & female betta and everybody gets along wonderfully...

The snails are delightfully productive and playful with each other...

I do, however, have several live plants in the aquarium and they enjoy any of the vegetation that is dying, but leave the live plants alone, except for cleaning the algae off them...

Enjoy!!!


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Old 01-20-2011, 02:46 PM   #8 
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Great! Thanks so much! I love mystery snails! <3
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