I know this may seem like a dumb question...
I am a VERY new to snail keeping. I actually have a hitch hiking Ramshorn snail who found his/her way into my goldfish tank somehow (I assume through used filter media).
I notice sometimes he follows a path on the side of the tank to the surface, then back down.
Do snails go up for air?
I also want to know because the path he follows is a dangerous one. My canister output blows against the wall (it's too strong for my fancies). I notice it gives him a hard time when trying to go up to the top. I turn it off until he passes the output...
If this is the case...I want to relocate my canister filter to a different section of the tank...or at least re route the output.
How big do Ramshorns get? My little guy is about the size of a dime. He seems to be growing fast.
I came by my ramshorn just as accidentally. He does occasionally go to top of the tank to get some air, thought not often.
He grew REALLY fast. I mean, almost right before my eyes. From a tiny speck smaller than my pinky fingernail to close to quarter size in under a month. But my goldies almost murdered him. I would get him out of that tank ASAP.
My goldfish don't seem to bother him yet...though I imagine once they get large they might.
I have an empty 20g tank...should I cycle it and place my ramshorn in? Is the 20g big enough?
Am I right in assuming that he will need a filter and air stone? What kind of substrate?
I know nothing about snail care...I just found him in there a few weeks back and would like to keep him
His name is Snaily lol...not very original I know
My goldies are about 3 inches big and they were torturing poor Fergus (ramshorn), let me tell you. Batting him around like a soccer ball!! He hid in his shell for almost 3 days after I rescued him, he was so traumatized.
I have him in a 5 gallon now, per Amber's recommendation, with a filter and an airstone, yes. I also have a 25 watt heater to keep the tank temperature stable these winter months. He has a sand substrate. He's a cute little creature. I bet Snaily is too.
Poor guy! I know my goldies can be a little too energetic at times. They are about 1-2".
5 gallons would be good? is 20g too large?
How often do you change Fergus's water?
How did you move him? I'm not sure how to pick him up.
Sand, filter, air stone, snail jello...that's my list of things to get/make.
I was iffy at first but I have grown so attached to him! They are so cute I will have to post a picture of my little guy someday.
Sorry for all the questions. I am brand new to snail keeping.
Ask any questions you want--you're literally in the same boat I was in a month back when I first noticed him.
Nope, 20 gallon isn't too big. I mean, more space is always better, right? You could always get him a friend or two when he gets a little bigger.
I clean Fergus' tank once a week and change his water at the same time. He poops almost as much as the goldfish do!
Do you have Amber's recipe for snail jello? That's what I feed Fergus, along with the occasional goldfish pellet. You'll also need a cuttlebone (about 99 cents at any pet store) to bury in the substrate for calcium, or his shell will start to erode.
Ah, I am familiar with cuttle bone. I used to keep parakeets as a child. We always had a cuttle bone in their cage.
Well now I'm nervous, poor thing might not be getting enough calcium.
I do have the snail jello recipe. You gave it to me a little while back for one of my bloaty goldfish It's saved on my favorites.
I will add the cuttle bone to the list and use the 20g. I already have a filter that I can seed with used media and an air stone. Should be a cheap set up.
So sand is better than gravel for snails?
Forgot to answer how I pick him up--literally just by his shell. I tug very gently until he lets go of whatever he's latched onto and then move him. I initially had to literally put him on top of his food, because he was so little he wouldn't see it otherwise!
Thanks for the help!
I am going set things up for Snaily this weekend. When I first saw him I couldn't believe how fast they move!
I will try to post a picture this weekend of his new set up. Shouldn't take too long to cycle with all the seeding material I have, luckily!
Thanks again for all the help!
That makes three of us who have have recently found hitchhiker ramshorns! I've just squashed two by accident I noticed the suction cup to hold the heater on had just come off, pushed it back on without realising the snails were on the back.....
Lol Josie, it's OK...they reproduce like rabbits, you'll have a dozen new ones within a few weeks! I started off with 2-3 hitchhikers on some Anubias and wound up with over 100 snails in the tank within about 2-3 months.
I have actually been feeding the smaller ones to the goldfish and loaches dry:
But I was planning the keep the largest one ( the one I just squashed..) but like you say, there will be more!
That's so funny that everybody says they reproduce so quickly. I guess I got lucky ... Fergus arrived as a lone, tiny speck so maybe he/she didn't have a chance to get pregnant? I've had him a while and there haven't been any eggs.
I've had Snaily for quite some time...he's about as big as a dime now and I haven't seen anymore snails.
Maybe I got lucky and only have 1 hitch hiker from filter media that survived.
No clue but I will still keep an eye out for more. So far there's only one.
Whenever I move one of my nerites, I just slide it along the glass or whatever he is holding onto, rather than pulling him off. Im always afraid that I will pull too hard and hurt the snail.
If I slide the snail, it lets go on its own. Then I can tell they are ok because they immediately start crawling when I set them down. I have to do this a lot because they like to climb on the filter intake and heater for some reason so Im afraid they will hurt themselves.
I am nervous to touch him. So I decided to wait until he goes into his little cave decoration and just take that out instead of handling him directly.
My snail loves to go up by the outtake!...it blows his shell around so much I had to re direct it. :/
That's a good idea too.
My nerites crawl right over the intake tube so I have to shut the filter off and slide them off before they get hurt .