4 years ago #1
Javagal78
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Are algae wafers and live plants enough for a mystery snail? Hes been munching on the algae and leftover food in the tank but I dropped a algae wafer in and he practically made love to that thing. Is that enough and how often should I feed him?

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4 years ago #2
MyameeGirl
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I think it depends on how much stock you have in your tank.

Since I only have one betta in the tank with my snail, I supplement his food everyday with an algae wafer. When I feed my betta in the morning, he eats everything that I feed to him. At night, some of his frozen shrimp or frozen bloodworms will make it to the bottom and I'm sure that my snail gets SOME of that, but I don't think enough.

I think it depends on what you feed your betta or if you have your snail in a tank with more than one fish.

I don't use flake food, but for people who do the food might settle on the bottom and provide more food for their snail.

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4 years ago #3
Jase
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Think on this one.. what would you 'rather' your snail fed on most?

Leftover food and algae.. or these wafers?

I would let this snail feed naturally as much as possible. Alternatively, lightly boil some cucumber or lettuce and drop that in. (you might need to tie to a weight like a small stone to make it sink). Leave it in for 2 days approx.

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4 years ago #4
Javagal78
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I wasnt feeding him anything. I would feed my betta in the morning and at night and he ate almost everything. Then last night I put in a natural live plant, 2 of them and a algae wafer and he was on top of them. So should I do it every day? I have one betta and a snail.

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4 years ago #5
MyameeGirl
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Well, I'm not an expert, but I have read a lot on them and have researched a lot. If you have a snail that looks like mine (I have a picture on my profile page), they are not plant eaters unless the plants are rotting. If he's eating LIVE plants, and he's the same snail as the one I have (there are two species of apple snail ~ one that eats plants, one that doesn't), then he's hungry, IMO. If you have just one betta in the tank with him, there might not be enough food produced for the snail. They don't live on just the algae in your tank because your tank with only one fish probably wouldn't produce enough anyway. Apple snails don't live just on algae anyway, they need food leftovers.

I give my snail one mini algae wafer every day in the morning when I feed my betta. Also, twice a week, instead of the algae wafer, I give him a Ken's veggie stick with Calcium because they need calcium for their shell. If you're not giving him calcium, you should put a bit of cuttlebone in the water to do that or look into the veggie sticks i referenced. (I grind up the cuttlebone into powder and put about 1/8 of a tsp once a month in my 6.6 gallon tank.)

Also, as a treat I will give him a bit of blanched leaf lettuce or blanched cucumber. I take it out after a while though if he doesn't eat it so it doesn't mess up my water levels.

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4 years ago #6
MyameeGirl
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Jase wrote:
Think on this one.. what would you 'rather' your snail fed on most?

Leftover food and algae.. or these wafers?

I would let this snail feed naturally as much as possible. Alternatively, lightly boil some cucumber or lettuce and drop that in. (you might need to tie to a weight like a small stone to make it sink). Leave it in for 2 days approx.


I do agree with Jase if you have enough food to supplement the snail left over after feeding your betta.

However, in my case i don't becuase i feed my guy by hand, so I know there's really not much hitting the floor of my tank.
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4 years ago #7
Javagal78
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What is cuttlebone and can I get the veggie stick at petsmart?

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4 years ago #8
MyameeGirl
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Not sure if you can buy the veggie sticks at Petsmart. I ordered them online. Here's the link if you want to see what they are:
http://www.kensfish.com/product545.html

As for the cuttlebone, yep, you get that at any pet store. It's actually in the bird section. It's the white things you put in a bird cage for them to sharpen their beaks. Sounds weird, I know, but that's what everyone uses...lol. Here's what it is:
http://www.petco.com/product/6382/PETCO-Cuttlebone- with-Metal-Holder.aspx?CoreCat=OnSiteSearch

It's actually bone from a cuttlefish, which is why it's so high in calcium.

Some people put a piece in their tank in the substrate or gravel and leave it in there, some people powder it and mix it into their water.

I grind mine, take a small cup of water from the tank, pour it in the cup, stir to dissolve it and then dump it back in the tank. Your water might look cloudy for a little bit, but it clears pretty quickly. After 10 minutes, I don't even notice it's in there anymore.

Edit: I should also mention that if you're using the cuttlebone as your calcim source, as you do water changes you'll end up removing some of it from the water. Depending on how large your water changes are weekly, you could always add a touch more mid-month to make up for the loss during PWC's. You have to just have a balance for the calcium. If you feed your snail high calcium foods you could reduce the amount you add to the water.

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4 years ago #9
Javagal78
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Fabulous! Thank you SO much for the info! I want to take good care of them. I love so much. They are so fascinating and happy little creatures.

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4 years ago #10
MyameeGirl
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No problem.

I absolutely love my snail to death! LOL
Never thought I would hear myself say that, but he is so entertaining and he's got so much character!

Good luck!

Cheers!
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3 years ago #11
tlkramer16
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My apples are the greatest also I have hundreds they eat all vegetable scraps and I use the water to feed my terrestrial plants.

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2 years ago #12
Jenna Grimm
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I know how some people with fish feel confused when trying to feed their tropical pets. I am 13 years old.

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1 year ago #13
litlmrsthompson
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this has been SUCH a helpful conversation!! I currently have 10 little baby snails in my tank too and I want to help them grow as big as possible too! Thanks again!!

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1 year ago #14
RealConfused
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Hi..Someone else on this site suggested Kens Veggie sticks. Bought some an hour ago and they are coming from every direction to get to them

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1 year ago #15
litlmrsthompson
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Thanks for the tip. In the time since I posted this originally both of my adult mystery snails have died but the 12 babies left behind them are THRIVING!! I feed them 2 broken up algae wafers in the tank every other night and they devour them!! They literally look bigger every day! It's really awesome to see them growing like they are!

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1 year ago #16
CarLey
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This is an old thread, and we try not to reply because it pushes newer questions down.

But if it helped you, can't argue with that. I didn't read through the whole thing but one thing you might want to do for your snails is feed them some snail jello. Take a read of this link. It's easy to make and has calcium for shell strength.

If you have any more questions you should start a new thread, separate from this one.
http://www.myaquariumclub.com/snail-jello-for-noobs- without-great-kitchens-2613.html

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1 year ago #17
Litlmrsthompson
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Carly I put crushed cuttlefish bone in the water every couple of days for calcium & strength but I will check out the snail jello, thanks!

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1 year ago #18
paige meyer
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do you know a recipe , in case you want to treat your snail with a grat meal ?? like a snail food recipe

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1 year ago #19
CarLey
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Paige. A link for a snail food recipe (jello) is in the above link #16.

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4 months ago #20
CutraraBaer
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I tried using a cuttlebone for my tank and I found it wasn't enough to up my water hardness rating when I tested it no matter how I added it. I ended up having to buy liquid calcium at PetCo. Kent Marine sells it and it instantly made my water hardness rating go up so I know that it's doing something for my little guys. I have one betta fish and six snails.

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2 months ago #21
Soph
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Thanx this also helped me because I really want one for my goldfish tank so I will now feed it lettuce cucumber algae wafers and leftover fish flakes

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2 months ago #22
CutraraBaer
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I didn't like the way algae wafers polluted my water so I feed my snails duckweed that I buy from a seller on ebay. He grows it organically indoors. And when they get through that, which takes a long time, I have a fish mash food that I get from orangecraykeepers, also a good seller on ebay. She also offers calcium blocks which is GREAT for your snails and also releases a small amount of calcium into the water. She also breeds snails. The one I get the duckweed from is draxxes714. Great quality stuff!! You could also farm the duckweed yourself if you kept a small quantity separate from your tank. My snails love this stuff!! They are growing so quickly! The best thing is the duckweed has a huge amount of protein and it will suck up the calcium you put into your tank so when they eat it they will also be eating calcium that the duckweed has processed. Duckweed also benefits the quality of my tank. I have never had such a healthy fish tank before adding this plant.

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2 months ago #23
Pete
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How many snails do you have?

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