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Old 04-27-2013, 06:50 AM   #1 
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Since i moved Lunar my betta from his little 1 gal. bowl to his new home in a 3 1/2 gal. he's been pretty bored. i would like to get something to keep him company. I know some sort of shrimp or a snail are good choices. but i have a serious phobia of creepy crawlies. My tank doesn't have a fully covering lid and i am wondering what the likelyhood is for a snail or a shrimp to escape the tank? I won't lie i would totally flip if i came home to it being out of the tank. they aren't exactly creepy crawlies but they still scary the bejeeses out of me.
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Old 04-27-2013, 08:57 AM   #2 
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I would like to give you advice from my personal experience. I have one apple snail He has never tried to get out of the water. Ever. Most of the time he just sits below the water line of the tank.


Note. If you get an apple snail (not sure about nerites or any others) The snail will produce a lot of poop.
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Old 04-27-2013, 10:02 AM   #3 
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Won't apple snails also make about 500 more apple snails for you? My advice would be to get a nerite snail, the poop less and cannot reproduce in fresh water... it will still poop a lot. It is not usually recommended to have tankmates in anything less than a five gallon.... I would suggest just adding some decor to his tank or a ping pong ball, little milk jug cap ring, or give him things to look at outside of his tank. You could also spend extra time playing with him, I think a tankmate for that side is a bad idea but that is just my opinion.
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Old 04-27-2013, 10:41 AM   #4 
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Apple snails need more then one to reproduce. Male and female.
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Old 04-27-2013, 10:42 AM   #5 
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Good to know! I still wouldn't put one in that small of a space though :/ you will be turkey bastering all. day. long.
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Old 04-27-2013, 11:56 AM   #6 
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Since i moved Lunar my betta from his little 1 gal. bowl to his new home in a 3 1/2 gal. he's been pretty bored. i would like to get something to keep him company. I know some sort of shrimp or a snail are good choices. but i have a serious phobia of creepy crawlies. My tank doesn't have a fully covering lid and i am wondering what the likelyhood is for a snail or a shrimp to escape the tank? I won't lie i would totally flip if i came home to it being out of the tank. they aren't exactly creepy crawlies but they still scary the bejeeses out of me.

Somone who understandsss! D:

I don't know how many times I've been told my people to get snails, after I've expressed completely that I get anxiety/panic attacks if I see them. I can see the shell of pond snails, but if I see the body or shell of bigger ones, I get massive chills and I start breathing heavily :(

To be honest, a betta won't be too bored in a tank that size, and if you get shrimp, the chaces are higher that he'll eat them. You can always play games with him to help keep him entertained.
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Old 04-27-2013, 02:04 PM   #7 
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Hi :)
I totally understand you, I am petrified of snails (and fyling insects, jeez, it sound so bizzare as I'm writing it down xD)! I would take a spider over a snail, tbh. I had a brown algae bloom in my tank tho a few weeks ago and I felt like my betta could profit from a tank mate, so I bit the bullet and got a nerite snail. I've had him for nearly 2 weeks in my 7gal. He hasn't crawled out yet or anything (I do get paranoid when I can't see him tho or anytime he climbs up a bit higher xD), but I covered all I could to prevent him from it. I got a freakishly fast one as well! :O I've never seen a fastest snail in my life (so I named him Bolt for that matter xD). Great at cleaning algae, he does produce quite some waste, but it's not as bad (again, I have a 7gal NPT tho), let alone impossible to clean. So far so good, I guess you could say.
I guess shrimp are less likely to crawl out? But I have zero experience with shrimp, so I shouldn't talk about it, really.xD
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Old 04-29-2013, 05:05 AM   #8 
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Bniebetta, i think you have just solved my problems. for some reason i wasn't thinking about about a "playground" addition. Thats awesome! no snails no shrimp. this should make both me and my Lunar very happy.
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Old 04-29-2013, 10:31 AM   #9 
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Bniebetta, i think you have just solved my problems. for some reason i wasn't thinking about about a "playground" addition. Thats awesome! no snails no shrimp. this should make both me and my Lunar very happy.
Glad I could be of help!! Don't get me wrong, tankmates are really cool but are only worth it in the right setup. I think you will have much more fun making stuff for him to play in haha! :p
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Old 04-29-2013, 10:55 AM   #10 
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One thing you need to keep in mind, while bettas are social fish they do NOT suddenly do better with the addition of snails or shrimp.

Snails are ignored for the most part (nerites are best because they don't have an anchor-nose thing or eyes that can be pecked) and shrimp are easily chased down and eaten. Bettas don't "enjoy" their company, getting something else for the tank needs to do something for YOU.

My nerite Milly hasn't been picked up and held since I put her in there. Nerites are ridiculous for suctioning on to glass and it makes it almost impossible to pluck them out of the tank, so I don't. She has only gotten to the rim of the tank and gone back inside, so a nerite might be a choice for you if you don't want to touch it. BUT, then you have to only do water changes, never clean the whole thing and in a smaller-than-5 gallon tank this might be a problem.

You don't need to add anything to the tank, and honestly, if you're afraid of shrimp and snails then you shouldn't have them! lol Shrimp can jump. When I was moving 2 RCS to my betta tank they were bouncing in the net and it freaked me right out. I can only assume my betta ate one of them because I only ever saw one after putting them both in. Chances are it jumped out and is a dried crisp behind the tank... These things happen. So you should avoid that if you have anxiety.

My suggestion if you want to fill out the tank more? Get a 5 gallon and divide it with another betta, my 2 have never been happier than when I divided their tank. They can communicate and flare and contest. Better than either of their relationships to Milly! lol
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