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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-01-2016, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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Golden Mystery Snail/Apple Snail In a Sorority?

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So I was youtube binge watching on fish and aquarium related topics and I stumbled upon a video about Apple Snails. The video said that they can be called either Golden Mystery Snails of Apple Snails so that is why I put them both in the title. I have a twenty gallon female betta sorority and I would like to add a snail or two in there. My girls are so sweet to each other and they enjoy being together. I have never had to deal with them fighting. I even added a new one at one point and they are still all fine. Do you guys think that it is safe to add some Apple Snails to my tank? I am just planning on two or three at the max if I do any at all. I also saw that they need a certain PH level and mine is fine for them. I couldn't find what they eat though so if anyone knows that would be super helpful! Thanks!
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Consider whether you can deal with snail reproduction when choosing snails, ahaha... Apple snails will eat anything decaying, I'm not sure about live plants..? And some algae, of course.

Most bettas could care less about snails after initially checking them out, some go crazy over them/flare, etc, and others think their wavy eyestalks are delicious. All depends on the betta. You'd just have to try it and see.

Keep in mind that invertebrates (snails) are sensitive to some medications. Always double check before dosing your tank.
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My girls would be hard on them I think, yours might not. I would say if you do watch closely for several hours. The ladies might decide to go snail hunting one night.

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Ok thanks guys! I think I might try it out afterall! I will post pics when I get them!
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Apple snails get over 5 inches large. Mysteries stay 1.5-2 inches max. Go with Mysteries if anything. Apples produce way too much waste for the average tank. And yes, they do eat live plants as well whereas Mysteries just eat the decaying live plant waste and whatever is leftover for foods.

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I have two zebra snails with my male betta. I prefer them over mystery snails just because of the coloration. They're very cool looking! My tank has been pretty pristine and my betta doesn't bother them at all. Another plus is they cannot reproduce in freshwater!
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