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post #11 of 15 Old 05-01-2007, 06:54 PM
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I'm enjoying my new betta/snail tank...yesterday I watched one of my new half-dozen do some major pooping!

At any rate...try zucchini instead of lettuce...less messy in tanks...

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post #12 of 15 Old 05-01-2007, 07:55 PM
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I'm enjoying my new betta/snail tank...yesterday I watched one of my new half-dozen do some major pooping!

At any rate...try zucchini instead of lettuce...less messy in tanks...

Must of been a great day! lol :D
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post #13 of 15 Old 05-01-2007, 07:58 PM
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Romaine lettuce has never made a mess in my tanks and I leave it in there for well over 48 hours sometimes. I do not blanch it or cook it all and the snails eat it fine. Regular lettuce will make a mess in about 12 hours if it isn't extremely fresh but not Romaine or leaf lettuce. But yes, Zucchini will work as well but get all the seeds out and leave just a little bit of the flesh, about 1/4 inch on the rind. The snails should eat most of it before it turns to mush that way. Fiddle with the size of the piece and you shouldn't have any left over once you get it right after 24 hours.

Thank Trishfish also, she has taught me a lot and is very good with snails, especially breeding and identifying them.
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post #14 of 15 Old 05-01-2007, 10:56 PM
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Not a lot of seeds in zucchini...are you thinking cucumber?

It was/is a great day! The snails are much more entertaining than I had imagined...er, if I ever imagined snail being entertaining...

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post #15 of 15 Old 05-03-2007, 04:32 PM
Fish4All--I'm glad to hear your snails are eating!

I never remove the seed from zucchini or summer squash. My snails love everything but the rind. I do nuke them for a minute first and in the morning I remove the leftover rings. I'm pretty low maintenance that way! LOL

Susan--one other thought on the lovely mess in your driftwood tank. Are you feeding the snails enough vegetable matter? Perhaps they're just hungry and want more to eat. Mine seem to hoover up all the fishie leftovers first but then start in on the veges. By morning I usually have close to nothing left. See if more food doesn't solve your problem. Mine love zucchini, squash, kale, romaine, peas with the shells off, french cut green beans, apples, split grapes and tons more. Dandelion leaves are also a favorite, well-washed with no pesticides. I remove anything that's not eaten after 12 hours, and a few hours for the juicier things like grapes and those I don't give often.
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