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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-20-2019, 12:07 AM Thread Starter
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Snails in a cycling tank

I just set up my first tank. When I got it it had a few ramshorn snails in it, so I looked up whether it would be okay to have them in the tank as it cycled. The general response seemed to be that they would be fine. Earlier this week I went to pick up some plants, and I picked up some mystery snails since I thought it would be fine to have them in the tank while it cycled. Upon further research this doesn't seem to be the case.

I'm not sure what to do. I don't have any cycled tanks I can keep them in temporarily and I wouldn't want to hurt them. The ammonia levels are around .25 ppm right now. They've been in the tank since Saturday and have been acting normal as far as I can tell. Any help would really be appreciated, I don't want to hurt my snails.
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You should be waiting until your tank is fully cycled until you put any livestock into it. At this point you are pretty much stuck, so I'd suggest watching and waiting. Ramshorn and bladder snails are bulletproof, I'm not so sure about mystery snails.
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What kind of snails are they? (As in, are they Pomacea diffusa?) Have photos?

Generally, Ramshorn, Pond, Bladder and Malaysian Trumpets should all be okay while going through the initial "cycle" process but there are obviously exceptions.


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They are pomacea diffusa I believe. They were sold as mystery snails and the pictures match when I look it up; I'm not sure how to upload pictures though. I found a 2.5 gallon tank that I could put them in temporarily. Would they be better off in the 2.5g with daily/every other day water changes while the tank cycles? There are four of them.
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I'd just leave them and watch carefully.

Your basically doing a fish in cycle except with snails. If one dies it can crash whole tank.

.25ppm ammonia won't bother them but any higher might. I'd add some frogbit or other high metabolism true floating plant.
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If they're P. diffusa, then I would move them to their own container with daily water changes. Maybe use a sponge filter or air stone.

I've found them to be good predictors of ammonia, nitrite and high nitrate. They tend to leave the water when there's an issue. It's one of the reasons they can be nice to have in a shrimp tank. (But they also leave the water on a regular basis anyway, so it's not always foolproof.)

Should moving them to their own container not be an option, then heavy planting and floating plants are a must. Along with closely monitoring parameters and conducting water changes as necessary.


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