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For this project, how many snails should you keep on a bowl, I herd that they can die from there waste reaching high toxic levels...

You HAVE to do water changes, just like with fish. uwu

Just carefully siphon the gravel. I usually drop in a bit of food so the snails all cluster so I can avoid siphoning them.

Otherwise I don't really count them. I wouldn't keep a mystery snail in anything less than what I have, and more is preferable. But I'd say on mystery snail in a 1 gallon. Or a couple of nerites, with the smaller ramshorn sized snails.

As you go bigger you can get more.

OK, I'm sold- I'm using this idea for my office! What I'm curious about are water changes. I usually change out water in my big tank by siphoning the gravel, but what would I do with something this small? Thanks!

I just very carefully siphon the gravel. Just to suck off the snail waste. Then replenish what water you removed. c:

very nice!. i have an empty 9 gallon bowl that i have just normal house plants growing (which i have grown very bored of :( )

i think this might just be the way to go for that old bowl :)

awesome idea! thanks for sharing :)

Oh wow! I would LOVE a nine gallon bowl.

You know if you poked a heater in that you could keep a betta really, really beautifully with your snails! c:

Or shrimp. There are tons of things you could do with a bowl that size.

I am constantly keeping my eyes peeled for a larger bowl. I'd really like one of those big 'brandy glass' style ones. I want to set it up for a betta.

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And so my new snail project begins! I'm curious what you all would recommend as far as species of snails, number, and a good way to siphon the bottom (if I even need to). It's a teeny tiny 2.5 gallon.

You do indeed siphon!

I use one of the manual siphons with the smaller heads. The ones that you have to pull back and forth to get the water going. They sell them at the pet store for like $9.

In a 2.5 gallon you have a TON of options!

you could keep a few nerites. (three?) along with one or two mystery snails. And then add any number of pond snails, ramshorn snails or trumpet snails, too.

Trumpets are great snails, as are ramshorns. Ramshorns are bright and eye catching when you get the red one slike I have.I can see them from across the room!

Iw ould suggest a gold or ivory mystery snail so it really stands out. But magenta always look nice, too.

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My Walstad "shrimp" bowl houses some MTS. I love them and rarely do any water changes. But mine is just a tangles mess of plants. lol

Yours looks so nice.

I love them when they are tangled and full of plants! xD

I can't wait until we move and I will have a window area I can keep a bowl in, to get some really good plant growth.

anyone who has a snail/shrimp bowl should really post photos! I'd love to see.

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Those are beautiful! I love how the plants look in the rounded bowl!

Just a word of caution, snails do certainly create a good amount of waste and apple snails in particular should have about 2.5 gallons per snail when you consider stocking levels. There's lots of great info on apple snail care here http://www.applesnail.net/

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Those are beautiful! I love how the plants look in the rounded bowl!

Just a word of caution, snails do certainly create a good amount of waste and apple snails in particular should have about 2.5 gallons per snail when you consider stocking levels. There's lots of great info on apple snail care here http://www.applesnail.net/

Thank you!

Yes this is why I stress the siphonign and water changes. which I think everyone is used to here, anyways. haha.

I should have mentioned that my mystery snail is very small and hasn't grown like the other snails did when I got her. She is about the size of a quarter. And I much mor ehighly recommend something like a nerite snail.

Oh! and beware. Mystery snails ARE slightly different than true apple snals. They get ping pong ball size. But if you get a natural APPLE snail, it will get to the size of a soft ball like my Pierre did! Also mystery snails do not eat your plants, where as apple snails munch right down.

There is a page about them on the site linked I think. c:

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Those are beautiful! I love how the plants look in the rounded bowl!

Just a word of caution, snails do certainly create a good amount of waste and apple snails in particular should have about 2.5 gallons per snail when you consider stocking levels. There's lots of great info on apple snail care here http://www.applesnail.net/

Thank you!

Yes this is why I stress the siphonign and water changes. which I think everyone is used to here, anyways. haha.

I should have mentioned that my mystery snail is very small and hasn't grown like the other snails did when I got her. She is about the size of a quarter. And I much mor ehighly recommend something like a nerite snail.

Oh! and beware. Mystery snails ARE slightly different than true apple snals. They get ping pong ball size. But if you get a natural APPLE snail, it will get to the size of a soft ball like my Pierre did! Also mystery snails do not eat your plants, where as apple snails munch right down.

There is a page about them on the site linked I think. c:

there are lots of different species of apple snail. Mystery snails are a type of apple snail, typically they are pomacea diffusa (sometimes also referred to as briggs) http://www.applesnai...cea_diffusa.htm

Pomacea canaliculata are the ones that grow to softball size typically, but they are more difficult to find because there are laws that restrict shipping them etc.

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Those are beautiful! I love how the plants look in the rounded bowl!

Just a word of caution, snails do certainly create a good amount of waste and apple snails in particular should have about 2.5 gallons per snail when you consider stocking levels. There's lots of great info on apple snail care here http://www.applesnail.net/

Thank you!

Yes this is why I stress the siphonign and water changes. which I think everyone is used to here, anyways. haha.

I should have mentioned that my mystery snail is very small and hasn't grown like the other snails did when I got her. She is about the size of a quarter. And I much mor ehighly recommend something like a nerite snail.

Oh! and beware. Mystery snails ARE slightly different than true apple snals. They get ping pong ball size. But if you get a natural APPLE snail, it will get to the size of a soft ball like my Pierre did! Also mystery snails do not eat your plants, where as apple snails munch right down.

There is a page about them on the site linked I think. c:

there are lots of different species of apple snail. Mystery snails are a type of apple snail, typically they are pomacea diffusa (sometimes also referred to as briggs) http://www.applesnai...cea_diffusa.htm

Pomacea canaliculata are the ones that grow to softball size typically, but they are more difficult to find because there are laws that restrict shipping them etc.

I was very lucky to have found mine. I have a feeling Pierre was probably wild caught. That fish store was pretty seedy looking back on it...

But thank you again! this is very good information to have. And everyone should read through it.

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For this project, how many snails should you keep on a bowl, I herd that they can die from there waste reaching high toxic levels...

You HAVE to do water changes, just like with fish. uwu

Just carefully siphon the gravel. I usually drop in a bit of food so the snails all cluster so I can avoid siphoning them.

Otherwise I don't really count them. I wouldn't keep a mystery snail in anything less than what I have, and more is preferable. But I'd say on mystery snail in a 1 gallon. Or a couple of nerites, with the smaller ramshorn sized snails.

As you go bigger you can get more.

OK, I'm sold- I'm using this idea for my office! What I'm curious about are water changes. I usually change out water in my big tank by siphoning the gravel, but what would I do with something this small? Thanks!

I just very carefully siphon the gravel. Just to suck off the snail waste. Then replenish what water you removed. c:

very nice!. i have an empty 9 gallon bowl that i have just normal house plants growing (which i have grown very bored of :( )

i think this might just be the way to go for that old bowl :)

awesome idea! thanks for sharing :)

Oh wow! I would LOVE a nine gallon bowl.

You know if you poked a heater in that you could keep a betta really, really beautifully with your snails! c:

Or shrimp. There are tons of things you could do with a bowl that size.

I am constantly keeping my eyes peeled for a larger bowl. I'd really like one of those big 'brandy glass' style ones. I want to set it up for a betta.

<a href="http://s121.photobucket.com/user/divinetrash2355/media/8637288325_15e4f579b4_n_zps3b9ec92b.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o233/divinetrash2355/8637288325_15e4f579b4_n_zps3b9ec92b.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo 8637288325_15e4f579b4_n_zps3b9ec92b.jpg"/></a>

And so my new snail project begins! I'm curious what you all would recommend as far as species of snails, number, and a good way to siphon the bottom (if I even need to). It's a teeny tiny 2.5 gallon.

You do indeed siphon!

I use one of the manual siphons with the smaller heads. The ones that you have to pull back and forth to get the water going. They sell them at the pet store for like $9.

In a 2.5 gallon you have a TON of options!

you could keep a few nerites. (three?) along with one or two mystery snails. And then add any number of pond snails, ramshorn snails or trumpet snails, too.

Trumpets are great snails, as are ramshorns. Ramshorns are bright and eye catching when you get the red one slike I have.I can see them from across the room!

Iw ould suggest a gold or ivory mystery snail so it really stands out. But magenta always look nice, too.

I have never seen one of those self-priming siphons until now! That looks way easier than my siphon! :) Thanks for the tip! One more trip to the pet store! :P

Eep, edit: I just looked up a couple different self-priming siphons and the reviews are terrible. They say the suction is way too powerful, effectively removing gravel instead of just debris. My regular siphon is nice and gentle, but the way I get that going I don't think I'd be able to do in a tank that small. This may take some trial and error! I'd like to live out the rest of my days saying that I never had to suck on a siphon tube to get it started :D I see people saying that's the only way all the time, and ew. Ew.

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I use a Baster to suck the water out :D although once I squirted water across the room :lol

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I use a Baster to suck the water out :D although once I squirted water across the room :lol

SO SIMPLE...so genius! I love it, great idea, thank you! :D

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Those are beautiful! I love how the plants look in the rounded bowl!

Just a word of caution, snails do certainly create a good amount of waste and apple snails in particular should have about 2.5 gallons per snail when you consider stocking levels. There's lots of great info on apple snail care here http://www.applesnail.net/

Thank you!

Yes this is why I stress the siphonign and water changes. which I think everyone is used to here, anyways. haha.

I should have mentioned that my mystery snail is very small and hasn't grown like the other snails did when I got her. She is about the size of a quarter. And I much mor ehighly recommend something like a nerite snail.

Oh! and beware. Mystery snails ARE slightly different than true apple snals. They get ping pong ball size. But if you get a natural APPLE snail, it will get to the size of a soft ball like my Pierre did! Also mystery snails do not eat your plants, where as apple snails munch right down.

There is a page about them on the site linked I think. c:

there are lots of different species of apple snail. Mystery snails are a type of apple snail, typically they are pomacea diffusa (sometimes also referred to as briggs) http://www.applesnai...cea_diffusa.htm

Pomacea canaliculata are the ones that grow to softball size typically, but they are more difficult to find because there are laws that restrict shipping them etc.

I was very lucky to have found mine. I have a feeling Pierre was probably wild caught. That fish store was pretty seedy looking back on it...

But thank you again! this is very good information to have. And everyone should read through it.

you are lucky! I would love to get my hands on one of the big guys. Awhile back I did a bunch of research into it and it looks like they are just really hard to come by. I think they are on the invasive species list in most places.

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I'm looking into getting some red ramshorn snails online but they're big lots- 30-50 snails. I feel like with what I've read about how they breed, the little 2.5 gallon tank I bought is going to be overrun fast, even if I only start with a few.

If I become overrun...would my goldies nom up some little snails, perhaps? :o

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Eep, on further thought, introducing snails to my main tank is probably a bad idea if I don't want them to live and breed in there. Hmmmm. This is trickier than I thought! From the articles I've read, it basically sounds like all snails reproduce like bunnies. I'm considering just getting ghost shrimp, perhaps, but I'd have to see if they would be okay in that small space.

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This makes me miss snails and shrimp! So gorgeous. Too bad my water kills them =( someday... when I live in a place with perfect water...

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Eep, on further thought, introducing snails to my main tank is probably a bad idea if I don't want them to live and breed in there. Hmmmm. This is trickier than I thought! From the articles I've read, it basically sounds like all snails reproduce like bunnies. I'm considering just getting ghost shrimp, perhaps, but I'd have to see if they would be okay in that small space.

shrimp are good in small planted bowls and such Edited by Gustave

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Eep, on further thought, introducing snails to my main tank is probably a bad idea if I don't want them to live and breed in there. Hmmmm. This is trickier than I thought! From the articles I've read, it basically sounds like all snails reproduce like bunnies. I'm considering just getting ghost shrimp, perhaps, but I'd have to see if they would be okay in that small space.

If you want, contact me!

I will be happy to send you red ramshorns and pond snails just for the cost of shipping. c:

I have around 25, so I could send you ten, perhaps?

Or however many you need! I am happy to help.

edit:

I also agree with Gustave. you could easily have shrimp in there! just pop a heater in. uwu

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What temp do shrimp prefer? I really like this idea! Thanks a bunch for the offer, Drowsy! I'm looking into a Nerite snail or two for this tank, but I think I want some ramshorns for my big tank so I'll let you know :) I bet my two swimming piggies can keep the population under control.

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Eep, on further thought, introducing snails to my main tank is probably a bad idea if I don't want them to live and breed in there. Hmmmm. This is trickier than I thought! From the articles I've read, it basically sounds like all snails reproduce like bunnies. I'm considering just getting ghost shrimp, perhaps, but I'd have to see if they would be okay in that small space.

You might try nerite snails, they won't reproduce in fresh water. I've seen some good deals on Ebay and there's several different types that are really pretty.

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What temp do shrimp prefer? I really like this idea! Thanks a bunch for the offer, Drowsy! I'm looking into a Nerite snail or two for this tank, but I think I want some ramshorns for my big tank so I'll let you know :) I bet my two swimming piggies can keep the population under control.

I keep my shrimp between 75 and 78 degrees. uwu

And considering how they are reproducing like CRAZY that seems o be pretty ideal!

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I really like your snail bowls. They're really pretty!

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What temp do shrimp prefer? I really like this idea! Thanks a bunch for the offer, Drowsy! I'm looking into a Nerite snail or two for this tank, but I think I want some ramshorns for my big tank so I'll let you know :) I bet my two swimming piggies can keep the population under control.

I keep my shrimp between 75 and 78 degrees. uwu

And considering how they are reproducing like CRAZY that seems o be pretty ideal!

My office stays between 74 and 75 so this is perfect! I was really hoping to not have a heater so that is great. Thanks!

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Fabulous idea! So pretty and interesting. :thumb: Do you have to QT snails, if so how, before putting them in main tank. :idont

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Fabulous idea! So pretty and interesting. :thumb: Do you have to QT snails, if so how, before putting them in main tank. :idont

Snails are usually not affected by the same parasite as fish, but the water they carry inside their shells may contain free floating parasites or their eggs.

Simply keep the snail in a separate container of your tank water for one or two weeks (something the size of a betta cup is good enough, just make sure it has a cover), and change the water daily.

After this QT period, you can be sure that the snails has already flushed out all the old water it carried, and all possible parasites should be gone :)

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I wish I worked at an office. I don't think a snail bowl would do well in my breakroom locker. XD

You have some beautiful plant gardens, there! Are your snail populations stable now?

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I love this idea and they are just so cute!! :D I call the snails outside "friends" and tell my bf not to smash them :rofl

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I am definitely going to set something like this up if I have 'extra' snails after their QT

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