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    So yesterday we picked up a couple of nerite snails from our LFS and put them in our 10g, which currently just has a pair of male guppies. This is our first foray into invertebrates.

    Wait, scratch that... This is our first VOLUNTARY foray into invertebrates (lousy pond snails!).

    Anyway, despite the LFS guy saying that we should get mystery snails instead because they'll be better at taking care of the algae in the tank (which was not that bad), the two nerites made short work of the algae on most of the surfaces in the tank (there is currently no substrate). Luckily, I had picked up some algae wafers so I thought I'd drop a part of one in the tank. Which apparently the guppies were waiting for all morning, because they started picking at it immediately and before the snails could discover it, it was already gone!

    So now I'm trying to decide how to make sure the nerites have plenty to eat. I am bumping up the amount of light the tank gets each day by 2 hours to promote a little more algae growth. Anything else that folks would suggest to keep from starving the snails?

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    Why no substrate?
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    Well, this tank is in flux - after the leak of the previous 10g sent us running to the LFS to pick up a new tank (the 20g I'm currently cycling) we decided to also get another 10g as a quarantine tank. The guppies now seem fine, but the 20g is still cycling. Plus I'm not sure if I should put the guppies in the 20g since we are planning to add a small school of glowlight danios in there, and I'm not sure if they will be nippy. Either way, the guppies are in there for the moment, and then we will have a decision to make about whether they stay (in which case we'll probably add some gravel) or move (in which case the 10g stays a true quarantine tank and probably no point in putting down any substrate).

    Phew, that was a long answer to a simple question!

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    This site suggest a couple other food options the guppies may not be so quick to devour

    http://www.aquariumplants.com/Nerite...p/snail793.htm

    Diet:Nerite Snail is Herbivorous in feeding habit.
    Food content:Nerite Snail eats phytoplankton, especially algae, Cyanobacteria, Diatoms, Film Algae and vegetable bits.
    Supplements:
    Supplement the food of Nerite Snail with the small bits or the flakes of cucumber, blanched spinach and lettuce, and corgette.
    Add Calcium as dietary supplements for the shell growth of Nerite Snail.
    BTW corgette=zucchini/summer squash (yellow squash)
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    Quote Originally Posted by prog_frog View Post
    Phew, that was a long answer to a simple question!
    Nothing at all wrong with details.
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    Thanks, I think we will try some blanched veggies!

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    I don't even blanch mine anymore, just leave in a couple of days to soften
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    I keep snails in bare-bottom fry tanks and they do well until the diatoms run out. The high calcium content in diatoms helps to keep their shells nice and healthy. After that I supplement with calcium-rich veggies like collard greens. They like all kinds of veggies though, and algae wafers. My snails go for the wafers rift away now, maybe they aren't that hungry. You tank is probably still producing new algae that the snails eat right away.
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    I'm not big on snails as I'm infested with MTS in a couple of tanks, but I really like my nerite snails. I've had them in all of my tanks except for two and I'll be adding one to each of those soon. I have a couple of horned bumble bee in small tanks, a red spot in another as well as a tiger and a zebra in other tanks. I just lost an olive nerite which I don't even remember how old it was - this was my first and it was old. Which ones did you get?

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    I don't know what kind they are but here is a picture of them. Time for a water change/vacuum, apparently. And is that a rogue pond snail in the background?

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    I wish my fish would be as good at posing for photos as these two are!

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