Enter Johnny the mystery snail
At this point, I'm finding Goliath to be such a funny boy. After looking into some potential tank mates I decided on a golden mystery snail. He couldn't harm that and it might provide some entertainment for him. Well it did! Now Goliath was back on military duty. He would follow that snail all over the tank. He tried nipping at it once but quickly realized it would pull back in the shell in retreat so he left it alone. The only thing Goliath wasn't happy about was that fact that Johnny the snail, whom should have been named Turbo, was getting these strange little algae wafers. That crazy fish would try everything he could to get one of those in his big mouth. What was really funny was since bettas have an upturned mouth he about had to stand on his head to get near the food. After much acrobatics he finally gave up...or so I thought.
Not long after Johnny entered the picture I upgraded them to a 10 gallon heavy planted natural tank. I did the whole 9 yards with this with mineralized topsoil and a play sand topper. New plants included cryptocoryne, scarlett temple, dwarf sagitarias, brazilian pennywort, anarchias, rolata, dwarf baby tears, and ludgwia. Don't quote me on the spelling though. Goliath was thrilled with himself as a new empire to control haha. He thrived with the new plants and had gotten quite accustomed to Johnny....so I got another snail. This one was also a mystery snail but more of an olive green. It's body was black unlike the other which was white. My grandson named this one Jammy.
One day while making daily rounds with fish I noticed Goliath acting really weird. He was up under a sword plant twisting and turning. He would go back and forth and looked like pushing something around. With further evaluation, that crazy fish had been stashing algae wafers under the plant and was trying to keep the snails from getting them!! And some people think fish aren't intelligent. He always has me doubled over laughing at something.
On a side note; Johnny and Jammy had started to become a little too friendly. I suddenly had egg sacks at the water surface. Not good so Jammy got rehomed to my daughters goldfish tank. I guess you could say the mystery is over now. hehe
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