New snail or invertabrate?
Tropical Fish

Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources » Freshwater Fish and Aquariums » Freshwater and Tropical Fish » Invertebrates » New snail or invertabrate?

New snail or invertabrate?

This is a discussion on New snail or invertabrate? within the Invertebrates forums, part of the Freshwater and Tropical Fish category; --> I want to put something interesting in my 10 gallon tank. It has 1 betta and will soon be housing 3 platys. What kind ...

Check out these freshwater fish profiles
Bala Shark
Bala Shark
Pepper Cory
Pepper Cory
Reply
LinkBack Thread Tools vBmenu Seperating Image Search this Thread vBmenu Seperating Image
New snail or invertabrate?
Old 04-13-2008, 07:57 PM   #1
 
Blaxicanlatino's Avatar
 
New snail or invertabrate?

I want to put something interesting in my 10 gallon tank. It has 1 betta and will soon be housing 3 platys. What kind of snail should I put it? One that is easy to care for.
Blaxicanlatino is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2008, 08:40 PM   #2
SST
 
apple snail, aka mystery snail. make sure it is labled Pomacea bridgesii as these are the smaller ones that will not eat all your plants. You can find more information about them here: www.applesnail.net.

I have one. Easy to care for. Now I want more!
SST is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2008, 07:01 PM   #3
 
Blaxicanlatino's Avatar
 
Thanks, I read the website but Im kinda confused. I just a snail thats cheap, small, easy to care for and will NOT eat my plants.
What do you suggest?

Are they sensitive to ammonia and nitrite, nitrate ( dumb question)?
Blaxicanlatino is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2008, 11:26 PM   #4
 
Lupin's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Blaxicanlatino
Thanks, I read the website but Im kinda confused. I just a snail thats cheap, small, easy to care for and will NOT eat my plants.
What do you suggest?

Are they sensitive to ammonia and nitrite, nitrate ( dumb question)?
They are as sensitive as the fish can be. Susan made it clear in her post the snail she suggested does not eat plants. They don't.
Lupin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2008, 12:07 PM   #5
 
Blaxicanlatino's Avatar
 
alright, thanks.
Blaxicanlatino is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2008, 08:31 PM   #6
SST
 
The pomacea canaliculata (or cana for short) are another variety of apple snail. Canas get to be softball sized and devour plants. They'll tear up your tank in no time flat.

Apple snails are often called mystery snails. When you go to the LFS, the little sign will say "Mystery Snail" and then either pomacea bridgesii or pomacea canaliculata. Just make sure the one you're getting says bridgesii (or however it's spelled, can't remember right now -- brigs for short).

They like higher pH levels. Love eating soft veggies. Nuked or blanched broccoli, zucchini, yellow squash, any veggies with a high calcuim content. I also put in calcuim tablets or weekend feeders for mine to eat. Others add liquid calcium to the tank periodically to help with shell growth.

Snails are really quite fun!

Just be warned, sometimes bettas don't like anyone in their space. I had my snail in my 5 gal. with my male betta, and the betta harassed the snail to the point that I had to move the snail. Kept the snail pinned in the corner of the tank. And sometimes bettas don't take notice of the snail at all. Just depends on their personality.

Keep us posted! I love to hear snail stories.
SST is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2008, 09:16 PM   #7
 
If you dont want to spend any money and have access to a nearby pond/lake etc.... find some pond snails or trapdoor snails and keep them in a bowl or something for a week the add them to your main tank. I have been successful with this.
Albert is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2008, 10:31 PM   #8
 
okiemavis's Avatar
 
Eeh, I'm not so into adding wild critters from my area into a tank, I'm not sure I'd recommend it to anyone. Especially since you can get pond snails for free from your LFS. I always ask to grab a bunch out of my LFS tanks when I'm there cuz my puffer likes to munch on them and hey- free food! Plus, they've already been kept with fish so you know they don't have some weird toxins that will hurt the fish.
okiemavis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2008, 01:32 PM   #9
 
Blaxicanlatino's Avatar
 
so i can just feed them algae wafers then?
Blaxicanlatino is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2008, 05:39 PM   #10
 
okiemavis's Avatar
 
Yup- they'll eat algae wafers, veggies, mine will even eat flake food if one floats down to them. It's pretty hard to stop them from eating anything lol
okiemavis is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
To snail or not to snail? DustyBZoo Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 3 11-16-2009 06:53 AM
how to id a snail SheyFirestar Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 3 09-17-2008 07:10 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:41 AM.