08-21-2012, 07:54 PM
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Originally Posted by redchigh
They also need calcium, so drop a piece of chalk in from time to time. (or a calcium pill, as long as you wash the coating off first.)
Those little mineral blocks will also work.
They do like a little water movement (small filter or airstone), and love plants. They don't eat plants unless they're overpopulated and starving, and don't overpopulate unless they're overfed.
I keep ramshorns and pond snails in all of my own tanks, and I've never had a problem. They only seem to eat dead, dying, or bruised plants. (And if they didn't eat them, they would rot and pollute the water.... so they're doing you a favor!)
They adapt to a wide range of parameters- in my experience, ramshorns like heat and pond snails prefer cold water- I'd aim for a temperature of 72-78F. If you keep your rooms around that temp, then they should be fine.
For interest, consider adding Assassin Snails, mystery snails, apple snails, and Rabbit snails...