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British 08-18-2009 11:58 AM

Types of Snails
I would like 2-3 large snails for an aquarium containing the following inhabitiants;

1 Angelfish
1 Red-Tailed Shark
1 Gourami
1 Ghost Knife
1 Ropefish
3 Pencilfish
3 Female Bettas
5 Hatchetfish
5 Corydoras
3 Mollies
3 Platies

I was wondering what kind of snail would be best. I am not looking for anything to clean algae or anything, I would just like them for the looks of it. There will be no live plants in this tank. I don't want a snail that gets larger than 1 inch, but I am open to suggestions if there is a snail that gets larger and I may just get 1-2. The snail can be placed in a livebearer tank to grow if nessicary. Am I dreaming with my inhabitiants and a snail getting along, or is this possible? Thanks.(:


British 08-18-2009 12:02 PM

Twistersmom 08-18-2009 12:08 PM

Those are mystery snails, also known as brig snails.
I believe some gouramis eat snails, not sure if it is ok to house the two together.

British 08-18-2009 12:17 PM

Hmm, okay. How big do those get?
Also, if they cannot be in the tank with the Gourami, how about the livebearer tank containing;

8 Fancy Guppies
8 Ghost Catfish
6 Corydoras
6 Upside-Down Catfish
3 Ballon Mollies
3 Singapore Shrimp

No fry are to be kept. They are to be fed to my other fish/frog, given away and/or sold to my LFS.

British 08-18-2009 12:18 PM

If they get large, I'll only be keeping one, two max per tank.

British 08-18-2009 12:46 PM

Also, as far as providing nutrients for these/this snail goes, I have read TUMS is a good thing to use. Would that be okay for a Mystery Snail or two, and if so, I would be afraid to put it in my tank with the other fish. What if I put the snail(s) in a plastic breeder basket inside of a fish bag from purchasing my fish? Also how much so I put in the isolated tank with the snail? I'm sorry about all of the questions. If I keep a close eye on the snail, will I be able to put it in the tank with the Gourami, and remove it if it is picked on?

MXS 08-18-2009 01:02 PM

I would go for mystery snails or apple snails.

Twistersmom 08-18-2009 01:23 PM

I am really not sure how the gourami and snail would do together, I have never kept the two together, maybe someone will have more info on that.

The second tank you mentioned, all will be be fine with the snails.

Brig, mystery snails grow to be golf ball size.

Tums are fine for mystery snails, and will not hurt your fish. It can make your tank cloudy for a while.

I feed my snails cucumbers, zucchini, and snail jello. Snail jello is the same recipe I sent you, but I add reptile calcium to it.

British 08-18-2009 01:28 PM

There are snails in critter keepers with the plants in my LPS. They're like, quarter size and dark. I dont think they're labeled. I'm considering the tank I was going to use for my livebearers as a Hermit Crab tank so I'm not sure. Okay, I'm just a little overly-concerned about harming my fish. If the snail ends up in the first tank I mentoned, I don't want to harm the knife, being a scaleless fish. Fish/frogs/(maybe hermies) are pretty much all I have, so I get worried about their over-all well-being too much. *headdesk* i have no life. :P

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