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SaraLee 03-01-2013 08:55 AM

small brackish snails?
I'm looking for small brackish snails. Possibly brackish "pest" snails. My fiance has some figure 8 puffers and green spotted puffers. The pet store sold them to him as freshwater puffers, which he found out they are not. He is slowly converting their tank to a brackish tank. At first he was dropping in pond snails and small ramshorn snails for them to snack on. But now that the salinity of the tank is going up, these snails cannot survive in the tank. So I'm wondering if there are any small brackish snails we can put in there for them?

Reefing Madness 03-01-2013 09:22 AM

SaraLee 03-01-2013 12:07 PM

Fantastic, thank you.

Is there anything I should know/do to put the snail in the tank when we get them? I'm sure they're kept at a different salinity, it would be a pretty big coincidence if they were kept at the exact same salinity. This is my first experience with a brackish tank, and it's not even my tank (go figure). The puffers started off as freshwater and have slowly been converted to brackish, so we didn't have to really worry about moving them to a different salinity. The snails are going to end up as puffer food, but it would be nice to not have them die the minute they go in the tank.
Also, should we be using a marine test kit or is freshwater still ok? I use an API freshwater [liquid] master test kit on all our tanks. About a day or two ago I did a test on the brackish tank and in the ammonia test tube it looked like there were tiny particles suspended in the liquid. I suspected it was from the salt, which made me wonder if I should be getting a Saltwater test kit.

Reefing Madness 03-01-2013 01:28 PM

The snails that I provided for you are marine snails, you would need to drip acclimate them for 4 hours into brackish conditions. But, once you get them in, test the water they are in for their salinity, if its within 3-5 points of yiur water SG you need do nothing but acclimate them to temp.
Use a SW test kit, the salt throws off the FW kit.

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