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  1. Default Good freshwater starter snail for an 8 year old


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    My 8 year old LOVES snails and wants one for a pet for Christmas. My husband and I have had a 55 gal saltwater set up in the past and are NOT willing to set up a tank that large again. I'd like a small tank-5 gallons is what I'm thinking. I'd prefer only 1 snail since they breed like rabbits(I understand if I get a female she could still be fertile with sperm.) Would an apple snail be a good choice? We have super hard water where we live, so a plus in my book. For our saltwater tank we had to buy water!
    Also-cycling the tank--I know with saltwater it is of the utmost import to do this. How important is it to do with a snail? I'd test our tap water prior to filling the aquarium, but seeing as it would be a Christmas surprise, I'd prefer to be able to set it up Christmas eve and have it be from Santa. Just need to know if i'm dreaming on this or if it is possible.
    Any small tank set up suggestions would be a plus. I'm intrigued by the packaged set ups that include the LED lights, filters, etc, but I know in aquaria, the packages are often not good for a lot of species.

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    The apple (often referred to as mystery ) snail would be a great choice. And you don't have to worry about getting more than one. Yes they breed but they lay their egg clutches on the glass or hood above the water line. if you find a clutch, just remove it from the tank and you won't have snail babies. they also come in yellow, blue, white and brown ... possibly more colors but I haven't seen them in my LFS

    You could also add some cherry shrimp - probably 20 or so as they would be fun for him to watch as well.

    You'd have no problem with one of the kits you're talking about. they'd be great for a snail tank. You do need to cycle the tank, but with only the snail (s) or whatever you decide on, as long as you do frequent water changes and condition your water AND watch your Ammonia, nitrites and nitrates, you should be fine. An API liquid master test kit is a must so you can keep on top of things - especially while the cycle is in progress.
    there's a cycling with fish (which would apply to the snail) link in my signature line that would help.
    Sounds like a fun present for an 8 year old. I love my snails. They like driftwood and plants. Some java ferns would be perfect as they are hardy and visually appealing. They also love to eat raw zucchini.
    Good luck. hope this helped/
    Last edited by fishmommie; 10-25-2013 at 05:02 AM.
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, nerites & mystery snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: Blood Parrots, severum, Jurupari, EBJD, congos, kribs, clown pleco, snails
    90 Gal Journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=93939
    Fishless cycling: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
    Cycling with fish: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492

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    Thanks so much. Now if there were only a way to cycle a tank while hiding it from her! We homeschool, so will be easy enough to test the water several times daily if needed while cycling. Now to read up on Cherry Shrimp....

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    you're welcome.
    You can set the tank up and cycle it with the snails in it then add the shrimp later. It's only a 5 gal. daily or every other day water changes won't take you more than 5 minutes until the tank gets cycled then you can switch to weekly W/C
    She's going to love it.
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, nerites & mystery snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: Blood Parrots, severum, Jurupari, EBJD, congos, kribs, clown pleco, snails
    90 Gal Journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=93939
    Fishless cycling: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
    Cycling with fish: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492

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    I think I wouldn't bother with cycling this one. A snail and some shrimp is not going to be that much bioload.

    If you know someone with a fresh tank perhaps see about getting some filter material from them?

    One word of warning about apple snails, egg clusters are poisonous so if you need to remove them wash your hands well afterwards.
    http://www.seriouslyfish.com/apple-s...unique-poison/

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    Quote Originally Posted by talldutchie View Post
    One word of warning about apple snails, egg clusters are poisonous so if you need to remove them wash your hands well afterwards.
    http://www.seriouslyfish.com/apple-s...unique-poison/
    Good information. I just read the article. Seems the eggs are poisonous to small predators. Cannot imagine that they would harm humans but I agree, it's a good precaution to wash your hands if you do touch a cluster of eggs to remove it. I've done it many times but I'm always careful to wash my hands any time I come in contact with anything to do with the aquariums. Those pink clutches are pretty. The only ones I've dealt with are kind of a chalk color
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, nerites & mystery snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: Blood Parrots, severum, Jurupari, EBJD, congos, kribs, clown pleco, snails
    90 Gal Journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=93939
    Fishless cycling: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
    Cycling with fish: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492

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    Did a bit of reading when I noticed that article. Theoretically a human with a low mass could touch it, lick a finger and get nausea and feeling poorly for a day or so but not more than that I'd say

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    id go with an olive nerite snail, they dont get nearly as big as apple snails and nerites dont feel the need to crawl out when they are hungry like apple snails. also nerites wont breed in freshwater even if you have more than one, they need brackish water to breed, they just lay little sesame seed sized eggs that never hatch in freshwater.

    i had one when i was 8 and it lived forever and i did nothing special to keep it alive. they also will eat alot more algae than an apple snail and dont produce as much waste as an apple snail which will lessen water changes.

    they will eat algae wafers and a ton of different vegetable which could be fun for your son to prepare for his snail.

    good luck have fun whichever snail you decide to get.

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    I strongly disagree that nerites won't crawl out...I had 10 in a few tanks and I had to put at least 2 back in the tank every day...and I didn't always find them in time! I tried sealing the tank, but they are escape masters...just found an empty shell in my filter. :-(
    20 gallon with a male betta, neons, glowlights, and red cherry shrimp. (work in progess) Recently added a few LIVE plants and driftwood, Woooohoooo!

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    +1 to that. my nerites leave the water semi-regularly to feed on limescale above the waterline.

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