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post #1 of 4 Old 03-12-2010, 04:47 PM Thread Starter
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minimum requirements for a snail tank

I'm getting some snails (MTS, ramshorns) for my tanks but I noticed that two of my tanks aren't good for snails right now-

One has guppies... I've never seen them pick on a snail, but I've found a dead snail and they seem to be trying to climb out of the tank even after water changes.
I placed a few in a tank with Green Terror fry- needless to say, they've dissappeared.

and my 5G planted is having huge ammonia spikes and I want the plants to have time to absorb any micronutrients that might be in the soil substrate so they don't kill the snails (iron, copper, zinc, etc)


Could I just put them in a jar (approx 1G) full of dechlor'ed water for a couple days to a week?

Everyone says they need a heater, but since people have also let their gravel dry out in their basement and snails came back, I'd imagine it (a heater) is not neccesary.
Would I need an airstone or would a large clump of hornwort oxygenate the water enough? (enough to cover the water surface with a few inches of floating hornwort)

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post #2 of 4 Old 03-12-2010, 04:57 PM
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I can only speak from my exp here with pond snails, MTS yaddy ya.... I have all my "extra's" in a 3g with normal gravel & plants & lights; that is it. I don't do no daily w/c I don't have a heater nadda...and judging by the activity, the shells, the new eggs - They're doing great!

Now you also gotta watch if they die on you and or you see soft shells/ holes etc - They have calcium deficiency and its not your fish to blame there

So yea any good sized water place with some plants will do, no air stone no heater and maybe exchange a cup or two of water every so often (dechlorinated of cause); just BE SURE you use something that you can put a lid on or else you will find them on the wrong side of the water after the night!!!

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post #3 of 4 Old 03-13-2010, 11:12 AM Thread Starter
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How many could I fit in a smallish container?
(a 2 liter bottle with the top cut off)
I'm getting about 2 dozen MTS from SA.. (yep, I ordered from them again. lol.)

I could put a few in the guppy tank and the 5G, but I want a stockpile in a seperate container in case they won't survive in my other tanks right now.

The calcium issue- I've read in a couple places now that chalk is excellent for that. I'll place a stick of chalk in the 2-liter bottle. (chalk is the same as Caltrate, and many places reccomend dosing a tank with caltrate to help the inverts)


So... would a 2-liter container be enough?
(I probably won't use any gravel... is it really neccesary?)

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I hear ya I just ordered some more (other) plants too LOL
Temporarily I'd put them all in that bottle/ jug with dechloriated water - Just wouldn't leave them in there for monthS on end. And make sure you cover the top there or they WILL climb out!!! Now I got bunch stuff for sale here but a small tank for ya ain't one of the things LOL

They'll survive w/out gravel but to be nice and given the fact they LOVE digging themselves into the gravel toss them a lil rocks in there Just be a nice person.

Donno about chalk never tried it but Tums (you know the stuff for humans) sure work wonders

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