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Old 06-14-2011, 07:12 PM   #1 
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What type of snail and other ?'s

Hi everyone! I got a new male betta who is in a five gallon, heated filtered tank. I got this snail today from Petco. They say it is a mystery snail, but I believe it may be a nerite. Can anyone confirm? Also, I have sundried baby (or maybe they are brine) shrimp. Are these similar to freeze dried in the health factor of feeding sparingly as a snack?

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Old 06-14-2011, 09:04 PM   #2 
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Did you buy that snail? 'Cause seriously, I think they ripped you off. :( If you buy a plant or a fish at Petsmart or Petco, chances are you'll end up with a pond snail or two also. The little things multiply like nuts so they tend to "ride" along when you buy anything from a Petco or Petsmart tank and you don't know it until you see them crawling up the glass of your tank. I could be wrong and for your sake (and wallet) I hope I am, but usually the mystery snails they sell are quite large with solid yellow or black shells. That, unfortunately, looks like a pond snail I picked out of my tank and disposed of a few weeks ago. But truly, I hope I'm wrong, that your Petco just does things differently than mine.

Hopefully someone else will come along who can confirm or deny this.

Oh, and welcome to the forum. Glad to have you. You're off to a great start with your betta bud in a heated, filtered tank.

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Old 06-14-2011, 09:07 PM   #3 
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This is a mystery snail commonly sold at Petsmart.


This is a pond snail.
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Old 06-14-2011, 09:12 PM   #4 
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Looks like a nerite. Nerites are great, they really are. Better than any apple/mystery IMO :/ They do a better job as far as algae and with less waste and a smaller size.

I got a less pretty (olive) nerite for $2 online, minus shipping. Nerites are b0ss.
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Old 06-14-2011, 09:13 PM   #5 
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Spotted, me thinks.

http://www.cichlids.com/uploads/tx_u...4da8ab5b2b.jpg

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They dont breed in freshwater or asexually, btw. You have a male or a young snail, I think. Females are much bigger, and males are about that big.
(I have an olive female and a black male :D)

Supplement their diet with quality algae wafers or blanched veggies, as they eat non-stop!

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Old 06-14-2011, 09:21 PM   #6 
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Spotted, me thinks.

http://www.cichlids.com/uploads/tx_u...4da8ab5b2b.jpg

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They dont breed in freshwater or asexually, btw. You have a male or a young snail, I think. Females are much bigger, and males are about that big.
(I have an olive female and a black male :D)

Supplement their diet with quality algae wafers or blanched veggies, as they eat non-stop!
Oh, thank goodness. I really was afraid they did sell a dinky pond snail and call it a mystery snail. Thanks, Pew.
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Old 06-14-2011, 09:25 PM   #7 
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Hehee, naw. Theyre great snails, I luh them. They live only a year, though, which saddens me. Their one downfall :'c
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Old 06-14-2011, 09:32 PM   #8 
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Hmm. I may have to try one out some time.
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Old 06-14-2011, 09:34 PM   #9 
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I would!!! :D
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Looks like a nerite. Nerites are great, they really are. Better than any apple/mystery IMO :/ They do a better job as far as algae and with less waste and a smaller size.

I got a less pretty (olive) nerite for $2 online, minus shipping. Nerites are b0ss.
Agreed. Nerites are awesome. Have done a ton of reading on this species. The difficulty is finding one less you mail order.
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