Originally Posted by Abby
I bought three snails for my tank. SNAILS eat algae if there is no algae they eat what ever they can.....in this case YOUR PLANTS!.
you can substitute their loss of algae with algae flakes but people often have to cup the snail 3 times a week to feed it or the bettas eat the snails food.
I suggest you return the snail as keeping it in its own tank with fake plants is cruel, because the snail needs to eat, hence its purpose.
Worry not, I've put the snail one of my community tanks (15 gallons). Besides the corny decorations (I set it up when I just started out and haven't bothered to change the ornaments), it's good enough for a snail. It does have plants, but it's just pondweed stuff and I can always buy some more (£1.99 a bunch) when the snail eats it. I transported the snail in a rather rushed manner (by pulling him off the plant he was munching on into a cup, then racing downstairs and plopping him in the tank). I know this isn't the ideal transportation method for them but I heard they can survive out of water for a week
, so a cup for less than a minute shouldn't have been too harmful. Once he sunk to the bottom of the tank, he immediately came out of his shell and started investigating his new surroundings, then he began to munch on the algae which had grown on the (corny) shipwreck ornament I haven't bothered to clean.
Note: I do take care of the 15 gallon tank
(the usual water change and filter clean, it's just it's not my favourite tank and it's (very) old - at least 6 years (hey, I was starting out!
), plus there isn't really much that can go wrong in a tank with 6 Black Widow Tetras and one remaining Cherry Barb (the others died).
One question, Abby, surely if you provide the snail with food (such as algae wafers and cucumber) it won't mind being in a tank with just fake plants?
Surely it's better than being in a store thrown in a tank with snail eating loaches and no food? (That was the conditions I 'saved' the snail from).