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Snail care + shrimp considerations

How many snails can I keep in a shrimp tank and what are the feeding guidelines? I'm setting up a 7.5g shrimp tank (neos + tigers) with moss, rock, and sand; tank is already up and running with a nerite and a mystery snail happily zipping about while I source the shrimp.

From the websites I've looked at, I thought roughly 2-4 snails would be the max but I was somewhat, um, shocked to see a poster in another thread in this forum who keeps up to 20 in a shrimp tank, though probably a 25g.

I'm interested primarily in nerites, but also mysteries, marbled limpets, and perhaps a chopstick snail. The sales data for the last says 5g per snail, so I'm really unsure.

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How many snails can I keep in a shrimp tank and what are the feeding guidelines? I'm setting up a 7.5g shrimp tank (neos + tigers) with moss, rock, and sand; tank is already up and running with a nerite and a mystery snail happily zipping about while I source the shrimp.

From the websites I've looked at, I thought roughly 2-4 snails would be the max but I was somewhat, um, shocked to see a poster in another thread in this forum who keeps up to 20 in a shrimp tank, though probably a 25g.

I'm interested primarily in nerites, but also mysteries, marbled limpets, and perhaps a chopstick snail. The sales data for the last says 5g per snail, so I'm really unsure.
The different snails will have different requirements. I only have experience with mysteries & nerites. IMO mysteries need a little space -- I would estimate a minimum of 2.5 gallons for each snail (some say 5 gallons because they are poopers ). Nerites stay smaller & seem to produce less mess, so more of those may be okay. Just remember snails have a more significant bio load than shrimp, so I wouldn't go too crazy!

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I have two in a 10g with my other critters. Not sure I would be doing more then 2 or 3 IMHO. They are little poop monsters. Plus unless your growing a bunch of algae they are going to clean out a tank that size pretty quick.


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That was something I wondered about: being detritovores, to what degree do shrimp and snails...err, clean up...after one another?



I've added dragon stone to maximize surface area for biofilm and the mini pellia helps with that a little, I guess. There's a mat of hookeraceia moss and I'll consider adding another of either MP or fissidens.


Beyond that, I guess I'll limit myself to just a couple of limpets, which are supposed to impose a rather low bioload, and monitor the system for awhile. Oh, and throw in the occasional leaf or blanched veggie overnight to see if there's any interest.

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