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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-09-2015, 11:42 PM Thread Starter
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Question Berra with great pond snail?

So I have a 3 gal marineland tank with a hidden filter in the back. I have 3 fake plants, gavel, a heater that keeps the tank around 79, and 1 male betta that's like 1.5 inches long (got him 3 weeks ago). I want to put a great pond snail in with him and I wonder if it will work and what I have to worry about. Can I just get it from the creek by my house? And also how well does my bio foam thing filter out the ammonia from the water because I hear snails make a lot of ammonia. What should I feed my snail? Thank you.

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I would recommend not getting one from the wild, you never know what they may have in terms of parasites, diseases, etc. I'm not sure about the difference between a great pond snail and just your plain old pond snail, but the regular ones reproduce like craaaaazy and don't do much other than just exist in your tank ;) What about something like a Nerite snail? they can't reproduce in freshwater, and they're great algae eaters. They also don't get huge like mystery or apple snails can. Is your tank fully cycled? If so, it should be able to handle the bioload of one snail like a Nerite, when I had one in my 3 gallon 2-3 50% water changes a week kept the ammonia under control. I see you're in Canada, not sure what the selection is there but I can get these at Petco.

I feed mine blanched veggies and harvested algae (I do this by leaving rocks, water, and a dash of ammonia in a jar in the window, then swapping the rocks in and out of the tank)

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Thankyou the only store I have is petvalu and they don't have snails. And would they eat my betta fish time release food thing?

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It's possible they might, yeah. Those actually aren't recommended, many fish don't recognize them as food, or they gorge themselves silly, and either way it fouls the water. If you're going away on vacation, they can go a week without food no problem.
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