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Old 12-30-2009, 04:21 PM   #1 
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Smile Apple snail?

I really like snails in an aquarium and wonder if a very small (1/4" to 1/2" wide) golden apple snail would be alright in a one gallon aquarium? I had a huge 2" golden snail in with my betta but he was too dirty for such a small aquarium bowl! Would a tiny one pose any problems?
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Old 12-30-2009, 04:23 PM   #2 
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Little snails grow up to be big snails.
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Old 12-30-2009, 07:03 PM   #3 
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Little snails grow up to be big snails.
yup, doesn't matter how small it is when you buy it, it will eventually grow into the 2'' one, lol
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Old 12-30-2009, 09:20 PM   #4 
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Yep!!!! What they said! I love my snail, but he poops soooo much!
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Old 12-30-2009, 11:09 PM   #5 
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There are other species of snail you can get that don't grow as big but in a one gallon aquarium I really wouldn't add a tank mate unless you do daily 100% water changes.

Oddly enough my mystery snails (which I think are the same thing.. at least I can't find any info on mystery snails just apples).. they are very clean.. I really don't have a problem with them and they keep my tanks clean. But I have heard that they're dirty from others.. just not my experience.
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Old 12-31-2009, 12:50 AM   #6 
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from what I've read Apple Snail is the larger group - and Mystery Snail is a sub group.
So... all mystery snails are apple snails, but not all apple snails are mystery snails

Also, mystery snails may only grow to 2'' or so- while apple snails can grow to the size of an... apple!
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Old 12-31-2009, 02:23 AM   #7 
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oh thats good to know... I've been worrying I'll have to rehome them. I'm only allowed 10 gallon tanks in my dorm and can't afford another right now. If I had three giant snails my tank wouldn't support them.

I got them back when I still trusted what the petsmart guy said :-/.. he said they wouldn't get bigger. If they only get to 2" that will be fine.. mine are already about 1" as it is.
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you actually have a limit to the size of tank in your dorm? At our university I'm not sure there is a limit. But the only pet we're allowed to have are fish...

Anyway, yes, you should be fine with your mystery snail. The one I have has grown a lot recently, he's probably 1.25'' - he was less than half that when I bought him! I can't imagine 3 of them!
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Old 12-31-2009, 02:27 PM   #9 
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yeah we're only allowed 10 gallon tanks or smaller..they don't say anything about how many tanks though ;) I have a 10 a 3 and a 1 so far LOL
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haha, nice.
When I go back after Winter Break, I'm going to have my 10.
But I think I'm also going to work on setting up my spare 5.5 gallon into a Shrimp tank
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