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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-12-2013, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation what snails would you recommend?

its a 120G tank (4ft x 2ft x 2ft) i have 30 tetras in it 2 bettas and 8 cory cats so far

i dont know much about snails but have been doing some reading today
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crap ton of horned nerite snails and maybe some leopard ram horns. Perhaps a purple apple snail, NxyKitten has a nice ROAK right now with some amazing snails.

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I just bought 2 nerite snails a few weeks back and they are wonderful. Eat all the algae (and fast!) plus only breed in brackish.

I have 2 in a 36 gal

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If you can find Nerite snails with a guarantee that they are not egg layers, then put a few in. They're great. But, if they're egg layers then everything in the tank will be covered with white, almost indestructible egg cases.
I like Ramshorn snails for a cleaning crew.
You might also consider a couple of Bristle-nosed Plecos. They stay smaller in size and are always cleaning glass and stones.
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If you specifically want them for cleaning then nerite snails are awesome, they clean like champs and the shells are very pretty.

Some of the colors of Ramshorn snails are really pretty, the red, blue and light pink ones show up great in tanks but if you over feed they can populate quickly. I really want to get some of the red, pink and blue ones eventually.

For looks Rabbit snails have very pretty shells and like the same temps as bettas do. Orange poso rabbit, Yellow rabbit get to be 3 to 5 inches long and look awesome. You would have to read about keeping them alive but I am in love with the entire line of Rabbit snails.


In fact that big of a tank. Get all the snails! They are so cute.

I hope you don't have 2 male bettas together, maybe that big of a tank they will be ok. You could keep a TON of female bettas in that size together and as they grow they look almost as nice as the males.
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i have one male and one female they NEVER see each other haha
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I'm loving my ramshorns as a cleaning crew. My apples (also from nyxKitten) are amazingly fun to watch.

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Ramshorns & MTS - Very good cleaning combination, easy to control and no egg mess (hating Nerites).

I still have eggs 1 year after getting nerites out of my tank
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i just bought 30 blue ramshorns last night they are getting shipping out on saturday so hopfully here by tuesday

but i dont think 30 will be enough for a 120 gallon tank...
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30 ramshorns can turn into 100 pretty quick
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i just bought 30 blue ramshorns last night they are getting shipping out on saturday so hopfully here by tuesday

but i dont think 30 will be enough for a 120 gallon tank...

Congrats! If you over feed your tank on purpose they will indeed turn into 100 or more pretty quickly. You don't have to do much to get them multiply except give them plenty of food. Hope you enjoy them, they are indeed pretty. Oneday i will collect all the colors
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i just bought 30 blue ramshorns last night they are getting shipping out on saturday so hopfully here by tuesday

but i dont think 30 will be enough for a 120 gallon tank...
I find that about 12 adults is about good for 40gl., keeps the Amano's on their game. Once a week I toss in an Algae wafer. My Blue ramshorns are not really very prolific breeders.
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yea i might over feed for just a littile bit to get the number up and RAOK them off but im hoping they look really good with my blue night lights
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I also have a strain of Red/Gold Ramshorns. The Blues are in my 40 that has PAR38LEDs I think the Blues look better under that lighting.

It takes a while for then to get a nice even coloration on their shell. Consistent water parameters and food source are key. When kept in poor conditions the shell growth is effected. You may see a "washed out" color in segments as they grow.

You may be into the 2nd generation before you really get great looking Ramshorns.
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totally off topic but i really love the hardscape in your tank.
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