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do snails need alot of light to survive?

reason i ask is because i want to supplement my puffers diet with them. i thought of using my small 1 gallon hospital tank and setting it up inside my stand for my tank and raising them there. the only light they would get though would come from the open back of the stand, reflecting off the white wall from the tank light. think that would be enough?
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Snails do not photosynthesize. You'll be fine.
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I dont think they need any. However they may need some sort of light for shell development.
Why not get a small clip light to hook up inside the stand


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thanks. i could do that i suppose. didn't think of that. wouldn't be so hard actually to just hang a small fluorescent in there. i was trying to keep it as simple as possible.
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The snails don't need light, but I'd personally throw some java moss in there just to help keep the water parameters up a little. Just about any light will keep java moss alive, IME.





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FWIW, just to show how little light they need. They breed inside my canister filters.

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FWIW, just to show how little light they need. They breed inside my canister filters.
lol...guess that answers my concern.

thanks lauralee. i definatelly was going to add gravel, few small items, couple fake plants and clippings from my big tank. try to make it a little comfortable until they become dinner. i do have a little java moss i was going to toss out. might give that a try.
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Snails do not photosynthesize. You'll be fine.
Light is still very important to the majority of organisms. Biological clocks are present in almost every organism known, from very simple fungi to mammals. Light "sets" the clock, which controls vast arrays of biological processes.

Anyway, probably not pertinent to this situation, but just wanted to add that light does more than catalyze photosynthesis.
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Snails do not photosynthesize. You'll be fine.
ROTFLMAO!!!!! That was pretty darned funny!
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ROTFLMAO!!!!! That was pretty darned funny!

LMAO, that was some pretty durned good english.
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Light is still very important to the majority of organisms. Biological clocks are present in almost every organism known, from very simple fungi to mammals. Light "sets" the clock, which controls vast arrays of biological processes.

Anyway, probably not pertinent to this situation, but just wanted to add that light does more than catalyze photosynthesis.
I think you missed the joke, but the point was serious too.
I understand that light plays many other biologically important roles other than photosynthesis, but the OP said that the tank was getting indirect lighting which fulfills this role.
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I think you missed the joke
Thank goodness for the smiley face, or I would of been completely lost.

I just read a lot of people saying that "fish could care less" about light, which is not completely true. Circadian rhythms, light cycles, etc. are things that even distinguished scientists forget about. As an example: There have been some pretty interesting behavioral studies on mice, but what a lot of researchers didn't account for was that mice, like most mammals, are nocturnal. It turned out that depending on when these animals were studied, vastly different outcomes occurred. This phenomenon isn't restricted to behavior; many genes are expressed in a rhythmic manner. OK, I'll shut up now.
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