So I recently brought home a couple plants for Howl's tank as well as a couple ghost shrimp. I though he might try eating them but after a few days he hasn't yet. He chases them but never nips or bites at them, and they often return the favor by chasing him (My tank has turned into an episode of Benny Hill).
Anyways, I quarantined the plants and shrimp for a couple days then acclimated them to the tank. I added the plants and shrimp a few days before adding Howl, he was waiting in a smaller tank. Despite all of this I found a snail climbing the glass yesterday. He is the only snail I can find in the tank which is only 3 gallons. My Betta did try to eat him once but wasn't able to. Now he just ignores the snail and the snail is good at not being noticed.
I personally believe that we should care for all animals that find their way into our lives, regardless of how they get there. Unless they become a pest and threaten the well being of your other pets. I've decided to let him remain in the tank.
My problem is I've never kept snails so I don't know the fist thing about what he needs. He's only about 1cm long. My tank has a Java fern, a marimo and is filtered if that makes a difference.
1) What kind of diet does the snail need? How often?
2) I know he needs calcium but how much? How do I deliver it?
3) Will any of his needs threaten my fish and shrimp?