Can snails live in an uncycled tank?
Tropical Fish

Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources » Freshwater Fish and Aquariums » Beginner Freshwater Aquarium » Can snails live in an uncycled tank?

Can snails live in an uncycled tank?

This is a discussion on Can snails live in an uncycled tank? within the Beginner Freshwater Aquarium forums, part of the Freshwater Fish and Aquariums category; --> Out of nowhere Ive got like 6 little snails in this tank that Ive just been adding flake food to get somewhat of a ...

Check out these freshwater fish profiles
Cherry Barb
Cherry Barb
African Butterfly Fish
African Butterfly Fish
Reply
LinkBack Thread Tools vBmenu Seperating Image Search this Thread vBmenu Seperating Image
Can snails live in an uncycled tank?
Old 12-17-2010, 07:01 PM   #1
 
Grimmjow's Avatar
 
Can snails live in an uncycled tank?

Out of nowhere Ive got like 6 little snails in this tank that Ive just been adding flake food to get somewhat of a cycle going, have no filter on it as the rena I had leaked and the eheim I ordered is STILL on backorder and only half expecting it to actually come.

Anyway point of the post is since the snails are living in there fine does it mean its cycled at least somewhat?
Grimmjow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-25-2010, 11:35 PM   #2
 
loachlover's Avatar
 
what all have you added. Any plants or decor that was in another tank? They are most likely bladder snails or ramshorn. Both are particularly hardy and dont care so much about the perameters of a tank. Their presence is not an indicator of a cycle. How big is the tank? Most people will remove them to prevent an outbreak(caused by overfeeding fish). Being that there are no fish in the tank the flakes are theirs(snails) for the taking. I would put a leaf of lettuce in the tank for either a few hours or over night and then remove it in the morning, they should be on it. Its up to you though.
loachlover is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2010, 12:56 AM   #3
 
Grimmjow's Avatar
 
75g tank, about 15 plants, like 4 plants came from other tanks. I really dont mind the snails, except for the fact that they crap like crazy. I want to get some kind of julidochromis and I read they like to eat snails so its really no big deal.

I just figured by now with them living in there and with all the poo there should enough of a cycle going.
Grimmjow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2010, 09:01 AM   #4
 
1077's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Grimmjow View Post
75g tank, about 15 plants, like 4 plants came from other tanks. I really dont mind the snails, except for the fact that they crap like crazy. I want to get some kind of julidochromis and I read they like to eat snails so its really no big deal.

I just figured by now with them living in there and with all the poo there should enough of a cycle going.
Enough of a cycle for what? The snails would represent a VERY small bio-load and as such,,it would not take much in the way of fishes to create levels of ammonia or nitrites that could become dangerous to any fishes added in excess of what the snails have been contributing in the way of waste, and too much food fed to the tank can create toxic conditions from the get go.
You really need a filter ,for this area (filter)is where the majority of bacteria colonize.
When you get your new filter..borrowing some filter material from another tank? would speed the (cycling) of the 75 gal.

Last edited by 1077; 12-26-2010 at 09:03 AM..
1077 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2010, 05:47 PM   #5
 
Byron's Avatar
 
In a 75g tank with some plants you can safely add a few fish with no cycling issues. Just don't overdo it. The plants need nitrogen and they prefer it as ammonium (which they change from ammonia) and they use quite a lot of it.
Byron is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Got 11 fish in uncycled tank.. what to do? cadencealex Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 7 06-30-2007 12:47 AM
plants in an uncycled tank Enzo Beginner Planted Aquarium 6 06-20-2007 01:35 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:13 PM.