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What's the minimum tank size for certain snails?

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I was planning on starting a snail-only tank sometime, and I'm currently researching which snails are right for me.
The mystery and nerites are the easiest to get my hands on, so those are most likely a yes (already have 2 nerites) I was looking online and I saw first the Sulawesi snails, which I thought were the perfect dose of cute, but found them too large. Then I found the Rabbit snails, which are sold smaller. I also saw Thiara Winteri snails and thought they would also be good. I saw ramshorn snails too, which I liked (except for the quick multiplication thing). Possibly would also throw a Japanese trapdoor or two in there.

I haven't heard of this being done before, but a few reasons of why it wouldn't have come to mind. How many algae pellets, plants, substrates, and space would I need for that many snails?!? assassin snail's field day, huh?

Snails I need sizes for:
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I seen ramshorns and japanese trapdoors being kept in bowls quite successfully, it all depends on the amount of snails you're hoping to get. The others I am not sure.
However, most snails that you mentioned prefer to be on the substrate, so IMO it would be better to have a long rather than tall tank. I would say a 6.6 - 10g will do quite well, however, bigger is better! ;-)
Algae pellets depends on the amount of snails, I would start off with 1 per day and if they eat it rather quickly - like in an hour - you know that you have to increase the food intake a bit or they might snack on your plants. Snails also like eating veggies like de-shelled peas, carrots, lettuce, potato, zucchini & cucumber. You don't always have to give them processed foods. :)
I would set it up like a normal fish tank and use some fast growing plants and some java fern as I heard they have a bitter taste in fish, however not sure in snails...
When you set this up, please post pics! I love snails so a snail tank would be awesome! :lol:
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