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paws 09-15-2008 04:49 PM

A Mystery Snail!!!
Ok today i got a Mystery snail to put with my betta fish in his 10 gallon. Supossably they eat nutrients from the water and stuff from inside the tank. I is pretty cool because my betta fish doesn't even notice it. Can someone give me some more basic care on mystery snails?

iamntbatman 09-15-2008 11:06 PM

They're really pretty easy to care for. If you don't really have any other food in the tank (meaning, if you're really just feeding the betta a few pellets) you might want to feed the snail some algae wafers or any sort of sinking food from time to time. They also like veggies. If your pH is below 7 or if you've got really soft water, you should get some sort of calcium supplement. You can use those vacation feeders or, for a much less expensive solution, just use the made-for-humans calcium supplement pills. Just drop them in the tank and the snail will chew on them.

paws 09-16-2008 02:12 PM

Well my ph is normally around 8.5-7.5 and my betta fish seems fine with it and still keeps making bubble nest at the top like usual so i kept the pH at that level. I think i might get some algea flakes for the snail. What do you mean by veggies? Like i would enjoy giving him the treat of veggies but i need further instructing to understand what to feed and how to feed veggies to the snail. And also i have decided to name my snail Baklava. It is a greek food and i think that name is wickedly awesome so yeah. I keep the tempature of my betta's tank around 81-84. Is that alright for Baklava? I mean like i don't want to cook him!

iamntbatman 09-16-2008 09:35 PM

That temperature would be fine, and that pH would be great. Do you know how hard the water is? Even in a pH that high, it might be a good idea to give him calcium supplements if there's not enough calcium in the water. His shell won't pit at that pH, but it can get very thin as it grows without proper calcium levels.

By veggies, I mean any sort of vegetables you'd eat. I feed my snails (and some of my fish) things like romaine lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, zucchini, squash, and even bell peppers. I feed mine raw, just using a plant weight or paperclip to weigh them down so the snails can get to them. Take any uneaten veggies out after 24 hours.

paws 09-17-2008 04:13 PM

Wow that sounds great i will get some calcium pills for Baklava. I will feed him some lettuce today!

SinCrisis 11-01-2008 07:58 PM

how does one tell if there's enough calcium in the water?

iamntbatman 11-05-2008 11:28 PM

Well, you can visibly monitor the health of the snail's shell as a good indication. If it's very thin, there's not enough calcium in the water. If it's pitted, it could be a lack of calcium but is probably also being caused by acidic water. You can also get a test kit for GH and KH that will directly test your water's hardness levels.

Lupin 11-14-2008 09:16 PM

Mild shell erosion can be corrected by calcium vitamins sold in stores especially one intended for aviaries. Get cuttlefish bones as substitutes.

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