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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-05-2019, 05:46 PM Thread Starter
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5 gal tanks and tankmates

I have my betta with a mystery snail in a 5 gal. They get along fine. But from reading after I did this, I got really nervous since mystery snails seem to need higher kH and gH than bettas. Or is there away around this problem, such as thru diet?

Are there any possible fish tankmates that make for a better combo? I think my betta is fairly chill but he does have long fins. I have read about plecos are a possibility, but it seems the tank would need to be bigger?

Or maybe betta is destined to be alone unless by some miracle the snail can survive less than ideal water. He has so far for about 3 weeks. Is it appropriate animal welfare for the species for bettas to be alone?

For keeping a growing mystery snail with betta, what water parameters would be best, although priority to the betta over the snail? I could move the snail to another tank potentially, although maybe the shock of a move yet again to a different tank is worse than less than ideal water for him.

I think I can try to achieve just about anything water parameter-wise since I have to doctor my water anyway. Tap water has NH3 and nitrate in it but the RO is less <1 kH and <1 gH. So, since I'm doctoring my RO water anyway, I think it can set a target group of parameters to whatever is best.
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IME, there really isn't anything that will do well in a five gallon other than a snail. You can feed them calcium-added food.
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I do not mess with water parameters but I can comment on the NH3. Are you using the API Ammonia test? If so, it reads total Ammonia. I would get a SeaChem Ammonia Alert and let it set in a glass of untreated tap water for several days. It only indicates NH3.

Or, you can get something like this which separates NH3:
https://seachem.com/multitest-ammonia.php
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Thanks for the welcome and tips about food. I will give him better food and hope the two of them continue to do well together even if the water isn't actually ideal for the snail. It does make sense that getting calcium in via food will help.
If it ends up he doesn't do well long term, I guess betta will have to live alone.

If anyone has tips about the best compromise gH and kH for a mystery snail living with a betta, I'd love to hear it.
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You could make snello and feed it to your snail around once a week. It's easy to make and a great way to supplement a snails calcium.
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Thanks...I'd never heard of snello, but it makes sense and I found a recipe and I could do that for the snails in my other tanks too I would suppose.
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Thanks...I'd never heard of snello, but it makes sense and I found a recipe and I could do that for the snails in my other tanks too I would suppose.

I make it slightly different from most of the recipes. Instead of the Tums, that most of them call for, I use plain calcium pills that do not contain any vitamin D.
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