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Steph211 03-08-2011 08:02 PM

mystery snail compatibility
Forgive my ignorance since I am just getting back into fishkeeping, but it can also be frustrating when there is so much conflicting information out there.

My 20 g. contains 4 ADFs, 5 cardinal tetras, and a betta. They all get along very well. I know betta's can be tricky, but mine has been fine. The frogs have never gone after him. In fact, sometimes they bump into him on their way to the top of the tank and he doesn't seem to mind at all. They've never gone after his fins. He nipped at their toes when I first introduced him to the tank, but I think he may have thought they were worms since he'd probably never seen ADFs before.

Anyway, I recently added a mystery snail to the mix. Nothing I've read indicated that there would be compatibility issues. Two different Petsmart clerks agreed that the combination would be fine. Yes, I know bettas often have issues with other fish, but I also know that bettas have a wide range of temperment and lots of people have not had problems with this combination.

When I first added my snail and it started exploring the tank the ADFs went after its antennae (thought they might be worms, perhaps?). The snail "clammed up." The betta then spent the day hovering around it. If the snail started to open his door, the betta would nip at it. Seems weird that the betta would stalk the snail like that.

Has anyone had any experience with this? Advice? Right now I have a divider in the tank with the frogs and betta on one side and the tetras and snail on the other. The snail is currently happily exploring his side of the tank. Do you think this will have to be the permanent solution?

shinybetta 03-09-2011 10:47 PM

My betta nips my mystery snail, so I moved him (the betta) out of the tank. Now he is happy.

Babyfins 03-10-2011 01:30 AM

I have watched several vids on youtube where bettas and snails live happily together, which is why I got a ramshorn. Long story short, I don't have my snail anymore. :( He was fine for about 3 weeks. Eventually my grouchy betta killed him. I think it was because the snail liked to go over to his bubble nest. Finley (my betta) guards it with his life! He doesn't even like me to stand near the corner of the tank where he builds it.

Steph211 03-10-2011 07:15 PM

Ok, so cohabitation doesn't look good for these two. Too bad. Well, for now I will stick with the tank divider. It's not ideal, but I don't really want to deal with setting up and outfitting a whole new tank. Stills seems weird to me that it's the snail of all things that pisses him off. The thing barely moves!

Babyfins 03-10-2011 07:23 PM

I'm jealous that he still gets along with the others in the tank. I tried to house my betta with a ghost shrimp but I had to rescue him and put him in a 1 gallon. I wish I coulda saved my ramshorn though. I DIDN'T think he would KILL him!

shinybetta 03-11-2011 08:17 AM

My betta is friendly with everything but the snail that gets to close to his bubblenest!

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