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So last week, I got a mystery snail to add to the tank of the betta fish. It's a 10 gallon tank. It's almost done cycling, and I'm thinking I should have probably waited.

I think the betta kept bothering the snail on the downlow, and it would spend several hours at a time in it's shell. A couple times, I thought it was dead. The betta didn't "seem" to bother it after the first day. (He did flare up at it a bit at first, but never actually touched it.)

I did two 50% water changes in two days to make sure the ammonia level was ok in the tank for the snail. (it seemed slightly elevated when I tested it, but not too much.) and when that didn't make a difference to making the snail perk up, I watched for a bit and noticed that the betta was sitting right next to the snail, eyeballing it. I decided maybe Stringy wasn't been so nice to the snail after all, and i took him out and put him in a small container of water with the zuchinni slice I had in there for him. He finally came out when he realized the coast was clear, and spent quite a while on the zuchinni.

I had two old 1 gallon bowls outside growing algae that I was hoping to catch mosquito larvae in. I took on of those bowls, and carefully dumped out the old water while trying not to disturb the algae growing on the sides, and added dechlorinator to it and fresh water, and put the snail and his zuchinni in there. He spent the rest of the night on his zuchinni, and now he is very gradually coasting up the sides of the bowl. and pooping.

I'm not sure what to do now, I probably shouldn't have gotten this snail. I have another 10 gallon tank with another betta, maybe I should put him in there instead? Maybe they will get along better? I don't know.
 

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Thanks, I read all of it. It just seems to confirm what a bad idea it was to get a mystery snail. It's so difficult to decipher the good info from the bad info on the web. So many places say that a snail is a great idea. The snail moves so slowely, and the tank is so big, I felt like Stringy probably wouldn't even notice it. I was wrong.

Sometimes I wish I could maybe get a tank of pygmy corydoras, snails, shrimp, for one 10 gallon, and put the bettas together with a divider in the other 10 gallon.
 

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Also, I changed the water in the snail's bowl a little while ago to make sure the ammonia stays in check, and I realized that there was lots and lots and lots of snail poop in the bottom of it. He's only been in there for 24 hours.
 
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