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Old 10-15-2011, 12:05 PM   #1 
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Snails?

I'm starting to look into snails and I need more info on them. :) If you have any available information or personal experiences to share please post here! ^.^ I really don't know anything about them so I thought I'd ask. :)

What do they do for the tank? Are they good companions for bettas? I have a 3 gallon critter keeper. Is this big enough for one betta and one snail? Are mystery snail and apple snails the same?

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Old 10-15-2011, 12:37 PM   #2 
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I don't know the individual types of snails.. but can give you some info, small as it is..
It would be wise to just stick with one snail, as they produce a lot of waste, their bio load is high so you would have to slightly increase the water changes (either by adding in a small one in between, or a little more on your regular changes) in a tank that size.
Also would suggest only getting one, as some will multiply rather quickly and over come the tank.

Here is a link to a site.. unsure how accurate it is, maybe it can help you out some.
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Old 10-15-2011, 01:32 PM   #3 
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Yeah, a snail is fine in there.

Do NOT get an Apple Snail these things get huge and produce more poo than a Goldfish! They need like 15 gallons.

A Mystery Snail, however, would be awesome for that tank. Compared to size they poo alot, but they still have a smaller bioload than say, another fish.
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Old 10-15-2011, 01:38 PM   #4 
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Actually apple snails do not need 15 gallons
Maybe a pond snail but if you overfeed the fish, then they will multiply super fast and I mean fast
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Old 10-15-2011, 01:41 PM   #5 
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And I am pretty sure thatapple snails and mystery snails are the same thing
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Old 10-15-2011, 01:42 PM   #6 
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I have a horned nerite snail in my 2gallon hex tank and it's been fine in there. My betta doesn't mind it at all.
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Old 10-16-2011, 02:23 PM   #7 
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I read that they clean the tank some. Is this true??? I need to know asap because we're going to petsmart today and I'm seriously thinking about getting a blue mystery snail. ;D
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Old 10-16-2011, 02:29 PM   #8 
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mystery/apple snails look like they're the same. And yes, they are great cleaners of the green and the white slime. Mine is extremely active sucking the buildup off of plants/decor, the walls.
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Old 10-16-2011, 02:30 PM   #9 
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I'd go with nerites, mystery snails can reproduce quickly, nerites may still lay eggs but they can't hatch in freshwater. As far as snails being good companions for Betta's depends on your personality I have one who likes to kill snails.
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Old 10-16-2011, 02:31 PM   #10 
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Never rely on a tank creature to clean your tank, they may clean up food but that comes out the other end! They may clean algae but there will never be enough for your snail to live on so you'll need Algae wafers. Which, produces more waste. If you want something that cleans well, get a siphon and algae scrubbed not a snail lol

Apple Snails and Mystery Snails are the same thing, only Apple Snails are much bigger when full grown. Mystery is a better snail to get. Don't forget algae wafers, they need to eat too!
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