Not sure if this is in the right place or not...so, if not, please delete and let me know where to repost. :)
Anyway, I recently attempted some live plants....and that's another post for another time, but I soaked the plants for about two weeks prior to tank introduction, didn't see anything floating around in the water...and now I have snails. Lots and lots of snails. Apparently I either missed them when they were tiny, or they just had a longer...incubation?...time than I soaked my stuff for.
So, I don't really want to kill them, I mean, they're alive, and I hate to kill anything on purpose, but I have lots, they're getting ever larger, and I have no idea what to do with them.
And, I know *nothing* about snails.
- So, for one, what are they eating? My tanks have no algae, never had any algae. What are they living off of?
- What can I do with them? Can they get dumped in their own tank and left to colonize that? If so, how do you care for them/what do they need?
- Are they going to overpopulate my tanks if I just leave them alone, and cause my cycle to go off? If they mess up my cycle I may just be willing to kill them. I don't want to cycle 90 gallons of tanks *again*.
- Are they eventually going to bother my bettas? Right now they're still fairly small, about a 1/4 inch maybe? But, based on petstore checks, I believe they are mystery snails, and look as though they will get very much bigger. And, they've grown very fast so far.
I believe I know someone I can give them to (friend's daughter likes all things animal and would probably gladly take them off my hands), but I want to make sure that I know what to tell her about how to take care of them first.
Anyway, any information will be greatly appreciated!!