what kind of snail is the best
I am wondering what kind of snail is the best to get in a tank with guppies. it is a 5.5 gallon tank and it will have 4 guppies (currently 1 guppy because 3 have died during the cycling process). I have been told that a snail will help keep the tank clean of excess food and algae. The petsmart that is closest to me (i am not aware of any other, better, local pet/fish store) has several different colors of "mystery snails" but i don't know if i should look for something better...
also i am wondering how long I should wait before adding the snail. currently the tank is still cycling (about 1 week into the cycle) should I wait until the cycle is finished? or how long?
one last thing is that I am wondering if i should go get the new fish now or if I should wait for a couple of weeks for the tank to get further in the cycle...i can get a refund for the dead fish, or at least replace them, if I go back within 14 days with the dead fish...the last fish seems to be doing well with daily 1 gallon water changes...she is swimming around happily most of the time...
oh and before you go blaming me for the dead fish, i didn't know about the cycling process until after my tank was set up...and i found this forum...i am trying my hardest to set things right now...
any advice would be wonderful!
I love Mystery Snails (I have 4) I would not get it right now though I would wait until your tank is cycled. I would lso suggest waiting for more fish or maybe just adding one more. Do you have a test kit? That in my opinion is one of the most important things to buy for keeping fish.
I have Apple snails, and tons of them. If you check my aquariums, or profile there should be a picture of them. They, don't eat live plants, they keep the tank clean, and grow to be one of the largest fresh water snails (up to 6 inches). Keep in mind where the food is plentiful they can breed rapidly.
If you would like some send me a PM I have tons to spare.
If your browsing the forum then,
Yes, if you want some too, send me a pm!
All I ask is that you pay the shipping! The snails are otherwise free.
Krinedawg, it depends which apple snail you are talking about. The "mythical" Pomacea maculata has been reputed to reach 6 inches however there has not been a single one of this particular species that existed in the trade. The largest is 4" which is Pomacea insularum. I am not sure about them cleaning the tank. I kept hundreds of apple snails and they exactly are not the cleanest creatures pooping a lot more than most people think.
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