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Is this ok? I just got a black mystery snail, I've named Toothless, for Angel's cycled 5 gallon. Talking to the manager at the petco I got him from he said 5 gallons should be just fine for the one snail and the betta.

He's already zooming around the tank and hiding in the plants. Much better than the Tiger Nerites I tried a while back that only lived 3 days. They didn't move this much and were dropped onto their shells in the store while the employee was grabbing them to bag them.
 

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That should be fine! Just know that you might have to be cleaning up a lot more poop now :)
 

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Yeah we have a gravel vac.
 

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Then you're good to go! In a 5 gallon, one betta and one snail should really be the most you ever have. Adding live plants (if you don't have any already) is going to help with the water quality even more for that much bioload, especially because a snail's waste can be hard to see so usually you won't know to remove it until there's a heap of it everywhere – unless you use the vac for each water change.
 

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I use the vac each change and I do have one live plant (anubias) in the tank I manage to kill moss balls though so live plants are kinda a wary thing with me. So far toothless is active.
 

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That's great that he's active!

I've never had a moss ball so I have no idea if there is a certain way to take care of them, if any. What I do know is that there are really easy plants that don't need much extra care but the level of lighting they need. One of the best (in my opinion) is the anacharis plant. You can just let them float around or tether them to a rock and they're pretty much good to go. They grow baby anacharis that you can pick off and place somewhere else in the tank before it grows and grows. And apparently they are champs at eating up any ammonia in your water :)

PewPewPew has an amazing thread on plants in the Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories forum. You should def check that one out!!
 

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Guppy grass is a pretty good plant for sucking up nutrients. It can float or be planted, and is like kudzu for water. It cannot be killed. :)
 

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Personally I would go with a nerite over a mystery snails. Mystery Snails really should not be kept it tanks under 10 gallons because they get to the size of golfballs.
 

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I have a golden mystery snail and a betta in a cycled 5.5 gallon that is heavily planted with silk plants. They are doing quite well and have lived together for about 3 months now.

Snails make a mess but as long as you are consistent with weekly water changes everything should be fine.

My betta just ignores the snail now, for the first few days my betta would nip at the tentacles but he quickly stopped. The snail is huge now and is very active with it's tentacles everywhere and the fish doesn't care at all.
 

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Angel hasn't bothered Toothless yet. Not that I've seen anyway. Little snail friend has been zooming up and down the plants, in and out of the cave and all over the gravel already. This morning he was tucked into his shell trapdoor shut. But I figured he was sleeping.
 

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I've got a mystery snail in my 5 gallon. It's fully planted and was several months old before I added him, and it was totally not planned (she bullied the other snail in her section of the big tank quite badly). It can be done, but it's a little more difficult than in a larger tank
 

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You will want to clean you tank more often mystery snail produce alot of waste so it could raise your ammonia and nitrates. They are interesting and fun to watch but just be sure to to keep an eye that. You will probably want to feed the mystery snail an algae wafer daily.
 

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Question: I went to check in on the little dude and found him floating at the top of the tank, trapdoor loosely open most of the way, not moving. So I picked him up to smell him, he smelled fine, and I gently moved his trapdoor and he closed it so I put him back in the tank, near the bottom but he floated back up to the top and sat there his trapdoor open again. Just got back from class to see if he had moved but he's still floating, but his trapdoor isn't as open as it was this morning. Did he die or is he just being weird?
 

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That normally isn't good. They do give resistance or some sort or reaction if you press on the trap door. I would do a water change or two on your tank regardless of your snails condition. Snails will be the first to act strange, start heading to the surface ect when water quality is off. So for your fish and the snail if it's still alive you will want to clean the tank. You might want to remove the snail and put in another container to observe it's behavior for 3-4 days. The snail adds to the biolload of the tank so you have to be mindful of that. If you lose this snail and you still really want one I would see about getting one nerite snail they are smaller and will produce a little less waste.
 

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Toothless died. He started to smell a little and when I tested his door he didn't retract.
 

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Hi, I am considering on getting a apple/mystery snail and putting one in my 5.5 gallon tank with my betta bubbles, I have a feeding hole on the hood of the tank. Should I be worried about the snail escaping through there? And can apple snails eat water bottles because I have a water bottle plastic base covering the filter so it can be low flow.
 

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I use the vac each change and I do have one live plant (anubias) in the tank I manage to kill moss balls though so live plants are kinda a wary thing with me. So far toothless is active.
I read that Moss Balls can't survive in heated waters, they'll brown up and melt. Assuming that your tank is heated, that may be the issue?
 

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Not sure. Either way i dont do live plants anymore. I had a planted anubias tank for a while but they all died when i lost my late Vt Sammy who had magic plant poop. After that the plants started dying and then caused a nitrate spike killing the fish in that tank.
 
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