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Old 05-28-2011, 09:06 PM   #11 
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Actually some people do put snails with Bettas in 2.5g tanks, but it all depends on the betta....
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Old 05-28-2011, 09:09 PM   #12 
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That, and snails atually produce a ton of waste. Way more than they prevent by eating little bits of food and fish poopies. And you'll probably also have to get them algae wafers, because a single betta isn't going to produce enough waste for a snail to survive on. It's really not worth the trouble in such a small tank.
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Old 05-28-2011, 09:11 PM   #13 
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You make a good argument. Plus I've never had a snail
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Old 05-28-2011, 09:12 PM   #14 
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Oh, they're more work than people make them out to be. Not that much more, but certain snails won't even eat fish waste, and some will devour your plants.
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Old 05-28-2011, 09:26 PM   #15 
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Aw man...never will I impulse buy again. Or rather, take something for free.
But now that I have little Essie, what do I do? I don't really want to buy a new tank for a snail. Would he be happy with a small bowl, and algea wafers to feed him? But then there would be no waste for him to eat...
Well, my betta is showing zero interest in Essie. They basically ignore eachother. And I do a complete water change every week, with daily cupful changes. Will that be enough to keep the waste down?
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Old 05-28-2011, 09:29 PM   #16 
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Probably not. You'd be best off pming a more expirienced member, because I'm not too sure with bioload. I'd say keep the snail in there for now, and get a 1 gallon jar or something for him later. And yeah, algae tablets for sure, or whatever things zebra snails eat. I'm assuming it's the same kinds of things that gold inca snails eat, but I'd research just to be sure.
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Old 05-29-2011, 02:28 AM   #17 
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Hmm, snails in general are like you guys describe, but this is a zebra nerite snail. They're different. They are a lot cleaner than most other types. Pretty much the only thing they eat is algae. I don't think it's a good idea in a small uncycled tank because there is no natural food supply... but if you add algae wafers and fend off your Betta so he can eat, and if you have a PH of at least 7.6, and if you just step up water changes a little more (Maybe do them one to two days early, though not as messy, nerites are still snails) You should be fine. But that's just my two sense.

EDIT: Hmm, I think in a 2.5 tank with just a Betta you should be doing 1 50% and 1 100% water change a week, and with the added nerite 2 50%, 1 100% a week.

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