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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-12-2014, 01:23 PM Thread Starter
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Since Aqadvisor is down, I am on here. Would you please assist?

I have a 2.5 gallon planted I am starting with a betta, can I put a snail in there with him, and what kind? I don't want a lot of crazy reproduction.

I have a 15.8 gallon planted (a lot ofplants now) that is more long than tall (24 inches long). Although I don't want to add more fish, I am concerned that any of my schooing fish might be sad and need to add at least one more of each?

Here is what I have:

4 rummy nose fish
4 black skirt tetras
2 African dwarf frogs
2 julii cory
2 assassin snails

The last time I did aqadviser it said 78 percent.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-13-2014, 12:20 AM
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Best snail for no reproduction is nerites.

I think you could probably do another pair of julii cories and see where that gets you. 15g spread over 24" doesn't leave a lot of space for two schools in the water column.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-13-2014, 04:45 AM Thread Starter
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You are absolutely correct. I keep thinking I need a bigger tank. I have also thought of giving the rummy nose fish back to the lfs and getting more black skirt tetras or vice versa. Would the juliis be happy with more fish friends?

They are often out and about so.....

I could get rid of the black skirt tetras and get like 4 more rummy nose fish. I don't know.

Don't kill me but the original rummy nose were "suicide fish." Well, they lived. Therefore, I then had two rummy nose and had no idea what to do with them. Knowing they were supposed to be in a school, I went and got two more. I am totally new at this and recognize my errors.

I only got the juliis because the dwarf frogs were such messy eaters and the juliis clean up their mess. I like them though. They are funny.


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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-13-2014, 06:55 AM
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Yeah, cories should be in a bigger group. They are sociable little guys, and I think you could at least get two more, though I think I'm being conservative. Should ideally be one school for a relatively small tank like yours. I personally like rummynoses, but I've never kept them. Nerites would be best for the betta tank, can't reproduce in freshwater. The females will still leave eggs all over the place though, they just won't hatch.
You could also try a rabbit snail. The problem is that you can't easily sex them and a female can retain sperm for a long time. So one day you'll look into your tank and there will be on big rabbit snail and one super tiny adorable one. They are very cute though, but they do need their veggies and are likely to eat plants.
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