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Title: Flirting w/ the idea of getting a non-prolific snail : )
Post by: moonbunny on June 23, 2014, 08:38:52 AM
A month ago I was lulled into the tranquil motility of a snail and since then I've been flirting w/ the idea of having one in a small/nearly nano tank at home.  My past experience with snails have been two-fold: I had one mystery snail that my goldfish ate the eyestalks from, I got so-called pest snails in a batch of plants and the inundation of snail eggs soon turned into biological warfare--the tank finally had to be completely broken down to end the problem.  So...I know about Assassin snails, but I'm wondering if anyone's had a positive experience with a low-yield snail that would do well in a smaller tank--right now I'm open-minded as to coldwater vs tropical...right now it's all just a pipe dream, so anything flys!  Possibly something w/ a bit of a personality...

Suggestions?

Thanks,
bunny


Title: Re: Flirting w/ the idea of getting a non-prolific snail : )
Post by: gunnered72 on June 23, 2014, 01:57:39 PM
Ya cant go wrong with Nerite Snails! They only reproduce in Brackish conditions and tolerate all temperatures!

Plus they destroy algae like nothing else ive ever seen...Amazing algae eaters!

There are all different kinds...The best in my opinion are the Horned Nerites!


Title: Re: Flirting w/ the idea of getting a non-prolific snail : )
Post by: Josh40 on June 23, 2014, 02:52:19 PM
I've kept Tylomelania (Rabbit Snails) in the past and found them to be very active and characterful... without fish. They are a tad larger than the usual snail suspects so a little extra space would probably be appreciated. They come in a variety of colour choices and mine enjoyed fresh veggies every once in a while. If I had extra space for a smaller tank I'd definitely acquire some again! :happy:


Title: Re: Flirting w/ the idea of getting a non-prolific snail : )
Post by: russ on June 23, 2014, 04:47:17 PM
Nerites would appear the way to go. And like Josh mentioned Rabbit snails, depending on how nano you wish to go.

"characterful"? Really? That is one of the words out of my personal dictionary! And it works!  :lol:


Title: Re: Flirting w/ the idea of getting a non-prolific snail : )
Post by: Josh40 on June 24, 2014, 01:02:57 PM
lol Russ, I was going to go with personable but they don't behave much like people :lame:


Title: Re: Flirting w/ the idea of getting a non-prolific snail : )
Post by: RAHT on June 24, 2014, 09:27:13 PM
I have nerite snails in one of my tanks.  I took them out of my main tank because they lay little white hard eggs on everything and I didn't like the look of a speckled  aquarium.  They are hard to get off.
I love my mystery snails.  They are big and beautiful and interesting.  If they lay eggs they are in a easy to remove group on the lid of the tankůso no babies.


Title: Re: Flirting w/ the idea of getting a non-prolific snail : )
Post by: moonbunny on June 26, 2014, 06:56:58 PM
Here's an awful question...would assassin snails eat eggs but leave adult mystery or rabbit snails alone :question:  (I like the non-reproductive part of nerites--and there are some beautiful ones--but I'm wondering about the hard, hard-to-remove eggs...)


Title: Re: Flirting w/ the idea of getting a non-prolific snail : )
Post by: gunnered72 on June 27, 2014, 06:24:51 AM
I have found Nerites tend to only lay their eggs on bogwood so if you have no bogwood in your tank its not a problem...

The other thing ive noticed is that Horned Nerite snails dont seem to lay as many eggs as Zebras say for instance...


Title: Re: Flirting w/ the idea of getting a non-prolific snail : )
Post by: jerryfox on June 27, 2014, 07:20:08 PM
Ya cant go wrong with Nerite Snails! They only reproduce in Brackish conditions and tolerate all temperatures!

Plus they destroy algae like nothing else ive ever seen...Amazing algae eaters!

There are all different kinds...The best in my opinion are the Horned Nerites!
I am stuck with trumpet snails in my tank which to me are a pain in the neck.


Title: Re: Flirting w/ the idea of getting a non-prolific snail : )
Post by: moonbunny on June 29, 2014, 04:20:49 PM
The funny thing is I was thinking about writing about having snails as pets...now I'm wondering :lol:

I'll be starting from scratch again, as in, cycling the tank again from-scratch, virgin tank territory.  I'd thought of having a few plants, but I could easily avoid bogwood this time round...


Title: Re: Flirting w/ the idea of getting a non-prolific snail : )
Post by: Belinda on June 29, 2014, 07:19:09 PM
I actuall am quite attached to my Apple ( mystery) snails ..
 As long as you make sure the tank is escape proof and remove any egg clutches you will find them quite amusing at times .. I just love it when the decide to go para-snailing!


Title: Re: Flirting w/ the idea of getting a non-prolific snail : )
Post by: Danni on July 06, 2014, 09:38:24 AM
I have nerite snails in one of my tanks.  I took them out of my main tank because they lay little white hard eggs on everything and I didn't like the look of a speckled  aquarium.  They are hard to get off.
I love my mystery snails.  They are big and beautiful and interesting.  If they lay eggs they are in a easy to remove group on the lid of the tankůso no babies.

So that is what is all over my driftwood in my main tank. I wondered what they were. I don't mind the look of the speckles and I love my nerite snails. I have a two onion snails and a few zebras.