Originally Posted by Jexx
How long does it take for the algae to appear? I am desperate to find something my snails can eat. I hate that the only thing they have is bio film. I tried spinach, my betta ate it. I tried nasty flake food. She ate that too. I tried sinking pellets, she dug through the gravel and ate every single one. Tonight I turned out the lights and placed blanched zucchini in front of each snail... SHE ATE THE ZUCCHINI. wth.
Oh wow... She has quite an appetite. It took me about 2 weeks which I guess is a long time
But if you think maybe your snails are hungry, you could try putting them in a cup on the tank and then dropping the food in the cup so your betta can't get it but the snails can. At least it ought to save you some time while you get the algae thing started. Hopefully someone else in this forum can show us how to grow algae faster and better!
On a little side note and in case it makes you feel better, at least your girl actually ate the zucchini... when I had otos and a female betta in my 20 gal, she didn't eat the zucchini, instead, she thought it'd be cute to adopt it and guard it with her life. She just refused to let any otos near it and even slept on it just to be sure