I stand corrected... you could always just buy snail killer. its a solution that kills invertebrates. then you do a full water change and let some time pass. Then you can drop in mystery snails. Just QT the mysteries if you have them already.
I'd buy assasin snails just to freak people out.... " Hey, dude, that black snail is cool, what's it called?" " oh, him? He's an Assasin snail!" " um, why's he called that?" " why don't you stick your hand in and find out....." lol
Should I have a snail in a 2.5 gallon tank and if so what kind? I don't know the difference. I never heard of an apple snail. I sure don't want a lot of them. I just want to have a healthy, balanced, and clean tank.
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I believe Apple Snails are too big for a 2.5g tank unless that's all you're going to have in there. If you have a Betta, then no you won't fit a snail in that sized tank :) I think Apple/Mystery snails are the only snail people really want, the others are pest snails.
How did this turn into a conversation/argument/debate about snails? Anyhooo, Diablo, the book is Tropical Fishes: 500+ Essential-To-Know Species by PocketExpert Guides.
And I still think it's easier to just put out the leaf of lettuce, gather the buggers and squish 'em. Snails are living creatures but, uhm, so are ants and I'm pretty sure most of us have killed an ant or 500 in our time.
Also, they gang up on Mystery snails to take them down? o.O I never knew snails could be vicious.
If you can find someone who will buy a pond snail, I salute you. It means you're a great salesperson. I mean, yeah, I feel bad too. When I do have to squish a snail, I make sure to do it fast and hard so it dies instantly and doesn't suffer. I gave one to my dad last night to squish because it was bigger than I was comfortable squishing and what does he do? Puts it outdoors. I'm not so sure aquatic snails live well on the ground.
They're the same. They just have a blue-ish tint. Lucky you! And yes, pond snails have super thin shells. I've had some that are about the size of a dime so they're pretty small. (Sorry fer semi hijack :))