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Old 04-12-2012, 06:31 PM   #1 
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Could a small snail live with my betta in a 2.5 gallon?

I always have algae growing on stuff. Sometimes it's brown, sometimes green. A snail seems like an interesting and useful addition.

I have two moss balls and a betta who's shorter than my pinky, fins included, and not really growing anymore. I know 2.5 isn't much space, but would it be possible to keep a snail with my betta? Or is the tank too small?
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Old 04-12-2012, 06:35 PM   #2 
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I don't believe that a snail is going to take care of your algae problems, the real question here is how much light do you have going into your tank and for how long?

The moss balls should already be helping with the algae, it is possible that you have too much light.
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My tank gets about 8 hours of natural light from a nearby window.
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how much of that time is direct light?
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None of it is direct sunlight, but the tank is definitely well-lit
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Old 04-12-2012, 07:33 PM   #6 
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Well then I'm at a loss for why your algae is growing. Unfortunately I don't know what kind of snail would work best or if some shrimp would be better for the bio-load. I do know that cherry shrimp will eat algae and tend to like spending time in/on moss balls. You should give them a look.
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Thank you! How many shrimp would be good for a 2.5?
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Old 04-12-2012, 08:31 PM   #8 
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Algae can also be caused by excess nutrients in the water. You might want to up your water changes.

I would make sure your betta is okay with shrimp before you put a bunch in the tank. Lots of bettas consider shrimp a delicious food. I've heard horror stories of fish getting bloated or choking on shrimp. Also, 2.5 gallons is a pretty small space. You're going to want a lot of places for shrimp to hide. I would suggest researching before buying shrimp and approaching this very carefully.
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Old 04-12-2012, 09:43 PM   #9 
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Thank you! Yes you are quite right. I shall up my water changes and wait a week or two for any sign of the algae diminishing before attempting to add shrimp or any other creature.
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I tried to add some ghost shrimp to my ~5 gal tank and he literally killed them all within the first 20 hours they were in there. He didnt even eat them...just killed them for fun and they ended up chopped up in my powerhead and gave him fin rot :( . I was cleaning out shrimp guts for a week and a half it was gross. I would recommended against it.

As for snails I have 1 mystery, 2 nerites and 1 ramshorn in there with him. He attacked the first snail when I first added it but I guess it wasnt fun to attack so now he ignores them.
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