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  1. No worries and I hope you're feeling better. :)

    I've been looking around and read about how scales can cover the eyes but it wasn't until I saw the post from Kiara that shows a pic of a scale covered eye. The cloudiness looks the same but with my fish his eye seems almost sunken in and has black dots. Maybe my guys eye has been covered long enough that the eye is dying? I don't even know if that's a possibility.

    As far as his other eye goes I haven't noticed any difference to the size, shape, or color to the lump since I got him last Sunday, so I don't know if that is a good thing or a bad thing. I mean obviously it's a good thing that it hasn't gotten worse but it also hasn't gotten better. I have been keeping him in 1/8 tsp epsom salt since he is in a 5 gallon, should I up the amount and see if it helps, keep it as is or stop? It's day 6 now for the epsom salt. I've been looking around and on another site found some cases about lumps in and around the eye but they weren't quite the same and there was never any conclusion as to what it was or what happened with the eye so they really were of no help. I'm not familiar with cyst, or even tumors but if it is a cyst is it possible it can completely go away over time? Or is the best it can do is shrink in size? Also what causes them? Is it something that can be contagious? I have his tank next to my other bettas tank and since my older guy has been able to see him he has been blowing bubble nest much more then usual and seems to have stopped his tail biting. I was thinking of, instead of having two separate tanks I could just put them both in a divided 10 gallon. But of course won't if there is any chance whatever is causing the lump could be contagious. Again thanks for your help.

  2. Yes, I was able to pick up some Maracyn II last night but I haven't started dosing it yet. I have read that some meds can be more harsh on a betta and full strength doses aren't recommended but I'm not sure about Maracyn. I know with antibiotics you want to make sure you complete the full course though.

    I was also able to take a couple more pics. In this one you can see the eye completely from the side. To me it looks like the eye, for the most part, is fine. As far as the pupil is concerned anyway. There is something growing under (or on?) the eye within the clear membrane over the eye though. Which seems to be why the eye is swollen. I think with the lump on the bottom and the iridescence on the top it's blocking some of his vision but the eye is, at least at this point, working fine. He is already recognizing me as the one who feeds him and when his "good" eye is facing out and sees me near the tank he goes up to the corner where I have been feeding him. And last night I pressed my finger against the glass and he sort of jumped back a bit and started to flare but I stopped once he started because I didn't want to stress him out. I just wanted to make sure that he could see and wasn't just feeling the vibrations of me getting his food ready.

    This picture is from straight on and you can see how the lump is stretching out the outer layer of the eye.

    Do you still this maracyn II is good for this? Since it doesn't appear to be normal popeye. Could the lump be bacterial? Or is it a tumor? Or maybe even just damaged somehow? I have had him for 5 days now and it doesn't appear to be getting bigger, or smaller. I just want to make sure the meds will help and not just case undue stress. Not that he is acting stressful and actually seems happy and healthy other then his eyes. No clammed fins, usually always out swimming around and even built a bubble nest the other day. I don't want you to think I'm second guessing you and I do thank you for helping me with this, it's just that I don't even like taking meds unless I have to. The whole thing with treating for things but not treating long enough or with the right type of meds and creating super bugs just freaks me out. I do of course want him to lose this lump if it's possible so he can see a little better and not be in pain. I'd imagine having something growing on your eyeball is painful. Thanks again.

  3. Here are both the eye shots zoomed in so you can see them better.

    Here is the right side again,

    Here is the left side. The top that looks cloudy is just iridescence other then that this eye is clear. The problem, I think anyway, is the growth on the bottom. I tried to get a better pic but they keep coming out blurry.


    Oh and I moved him over to the 5 gallon with the epsom salt.

  4. Thank you. Yes I do have a 5 gallon, the one I was going to put him in after I got a filter and some plants for it. Until then I thought it would be easier to do 100% daily water changes that's why I have him in the KK. I already did the water change for today not that long ago so it shouldn't be that different then the tap which is, ammonia I believe is zero but to be honest it may be .25, nitrite is zero, nitrate is 20 and Ph is 7.5.

    I'll get the 5 gallon ready and move him over in a little bit and I guess add 1/8 tsp of epsom salt since it's only a 5 gallon. I can probably get out to a petstore in the next day or so to pick up some maracyn II, if he can wait that long. He doesn't seem to be bothered by his eyes at all and the one that's protruding doesn't look any worse, it doesn't look any better either but at least it doesn't look worse. He seems very active, is eating with enthusiasm and is pooing normal.

    What do you think happened with his eyes? Do you think he was born with the blind eye or do you think it's possible what ever is going on with his other eye caused it? And I guess you think it's bacterial and that's why you're reccomending maracyn II? I've had a fish with popeye before but nothing like this so it's all new to me. Thanks for helping.

  5. Hello everyone,

    On Sunday I was at Petsmart and walked past the bettas and noticed one with a whitish eye. I knew he was more then likely blind and that is why I wanted him. I felt bad and wanted to give him more then being stuck in a tiny cup in the off chance that there may be someone else out there that would buy a not so perfect fish. Plus he's marked as a dumbo so his price was $13. I asked about him and got him half off because not only that eye but his other eye is also messed up.

    Here is an over head shot from the day I got him. He was still in his store cup floating in the tank I am now keeping him in.

    This is his right eye, the one I first noticed at the store. He is able to move the eye but it doesn't look like he can see out of it at all. Also I have no idea what the black dots are. Does that happen to a "dead" eye?

    This is his left eye. It is definitely swollen but it also has something growing at the bottom in the bubble. I'm not sure if it was caused by damage to the eye or if it's a tumor or what, any ideas? You can sort of notice in the pic but both eyes have an iridescence to them, more so on the other eye, the same metallic iridescence as his body. I'm not sure if that has anything to do with it either.

    Right now I have him in a 2ish gallon kritter keeper with a heater keeping it at a steady 80. It's only the third day but I have been doing daily water changes and his appetite is fine. It may take him a minute to notice there is food but once he knows it's there he eats it with no problem. I don't think he is completely blind but I don't think his has full vision in his "good" eye either. The first couple days he swam mostly counter clockwise around the tank. Maybe to learn his space? While watching him today he seems to be swimming around more freely. After each water change I make sure everything goes back where it was so it doesn't confuse him. He only has the heater, thermometer, a betta leaf and a holey cave ornament to hide in, which he does but is mostly out swimming around. No plants or anything in it yet. I wasn't prepared and I only have plants that may hurt if he bumps into them. This isn't going to be his permanent home and eventually will be set up in a 5 gallon with a filter and live plants. But I wanted to see what, if anything, I can do for his eyes first. I was hoping clean water would be enough but I think he may need more then that. Would espom salt help? If so how much. He is in 1.75 of water. What about meds?

  6. Jeez, just twist my arms why don't you? LOL. I would get another snail right now but with the one I do have in a small 3 gallon I don't want to over load it. I'm probably going to move her into my 25 gallon tropical then think about getting her a friend. I'll wait and see how she does in there first though. Or maybe I'll set up another tank just for her and a friend. I don't know. I have to move some tanks around and see what's better for me when it's all said and done. Until then it's just every other day water changes and live plants to help. She's growing like a weed and is active so she seems OK for now.

  7. Mwhahahaha, sorry just clearing my throat :K They are awesome though aren't they. They are cool from a distance but when you get in close and see everything that makes up the whole it's even more cool. With their little eyes, polka dot body and freakishly cool mouth. Seeing all the pics really makes me want to get another one. I'm trying to restrain myself though. I would like my current snail to have a species buddy, I think most animals would like one, but if they end up being different genders I don't want to have to deal with the eggs. I would feel bad having to dispose of them but I know I don't have the time or means to raise them all either.

    As for the java fern, I had read somewhere that if a leaf is getting ready to die it puts off babies sort of as a survival mechanism. My one that has the babies is getting browner and browner near the base where it attaches to the rhizome so that may be true. But then again maybe it's dieing because the babies are sucking the life out of it. Who knows? My anubias has put out 2 new leaves so far, so that's doing good. The biggest problem is the algae. This tank has always given me problems with algae. I'm hoping the new bulb will help if not I think I will put it on a timer to cut down on how long the light is on for. I don't like the wood either though. That was bought years ago when I had my bristlenose pleco. It was just so he could have the wood to eat and wasn't a focal point in the tank so it didn't matter what it looked like. When I first set this tank up I just grabbed spare decorations and that's what I had. I think I will start looking for a better piece even though I do like it better how I have it now flipped up with the little arch under it. She has been wandering all over the tank since I rearranged it. Usually she spent her time on the back of the wood and would really only come out to eat or get some air. So as long as she likes it I'm happy.

  8. Can you hear them? The angels? They're singing because they are as happy as I am about my HOT water! LOL Just kidding but I do finally have my water heater installed *high fives all around* And thank you BronwynH, it was a struggle at first but you sort of get used to it after a while. My grandmom lives right down the street so while I didn't have hot water in my house I had access to it so it wasn't as bad as it could have been. But it is one of those things you don't know what you have until it's gone. It was hooked up on Sunday so I'm back to my normal routines. The goldies and the turtles both got major water changes yesterday now that I don't have to warm the water first. Today is the tropicals and I JUST did the snail. I removed the last plastic plant and rearranged the tank. I do not have an eye for aquascaping and now that I'm branching out with live plants it isn't any easier but I think the tank looks a little better. And once the java fern grows in more I think it will look much better. I'm worried the java may become too large for a 3 gallon though. It looks fine now and I'm sure I can trim it or whatever but I had actually originally bought it for my goldies tank and it was just too small, my fish would have sucked it up like spaghetti noodles. I put it in here sort of as a grow out tank but I kind of like the way it looks in here. So I don't know I guess we'll see what happens when it grows more.

    Anyway here are some pics. Which I know is the reason why you are reading this, lol. The pictures are not the greatest. I'm sure some of it is me but it's hard with this tank. I don't know if it's because it's acrylic or the lighting or what. It may also be the camera too but it has a setting for aquariums that I'm using. Who knows? Anyway the pics...

    Here she (I'm thinking she now) is checking out the tank after I refilled it. It's kind of hard to tell in this pic but her antenna are so long. Oh and the crack line is where she was when I got her. She has to be at least double in size. You can see the roots of the baby fern growing in the background too.


    And here is the redisigned tank with weird lighting. None of the java is buried in the sand, they are tied to rocks that mostly are though. You can see the snaily in the back right corner.


  9. I didn't forget about this thread I just haven't really done anything to the tank in a while. I bought a new water heater but I listened to someone in regards to the size of my old one without double checking myself before I bought the new one. I picked it up got it in the house then noticed it's the wrong size. I apparently needed a short but I had bought a tall. It was so freaking heavy that the person who helped me carry it in the house (also the person who told me the wrong size) wouldn't help in bringing it back to the store. So I had to wait until someone else was willing to help and was free. Thankfully the store had no problems with taking it back. They refunded my money but they were having a sale that ended the next day and the money wouldn't have been put back on my card in time so I had to borrow money from my brother, who helped bring it back to the store, to buy the new one. I had to order it since they didn't have it in store, it's in but I need his help again in picking it up but he has been so busy with work and family that he hasn't had time. All this trouble and I still have to install the thing, which I am doing myself. I watched a few videos and read a few sites and it doesn't seem all that hard. I think the hardest part will be removing the old water heater. If the new clean empty one is heavy I'm sure the old dirty one is going to be like trying to move an elephant.

    Back to my tank, I did buy a java fern though to replace the plastic plant blocking the heater and filter in take. It was from Petsmart, in a tube. It's a narrow leaf java fern. There were 4 plants in one tube but only one had more then 3 leaves so it's looking a little sparse even with 4 of them in the tank. Each plant is tied to their own rock. They have been in there for a couple weeks now and the biggest has grown 2 new leaves already, one has grown 1, another actually has 3 babies growing on one of the leaves and the last still has it's lonely one leaf. I'm not sure about that one. It doesn't look like it's dying but it isn't growing either.

    Now onto the snail he (or she) has doubled in size and is doing great. The only time I see him though is when he is eating or getting some air. Otherwise he is sleeping on the back of the driftwood. I still want to get some shrimp, maybe the other movement in the tank will peak his interest and he will move around more.

    Here is a pic of him, it's not the best but you can still see him, lol.


    Also here is a pic of the java fern with the babies. The bottom baby has the big leaf but above that you can see the 2 tiny babies.


  10. Sorry for no new updates. My water heater started leaking last month. It didn't look like a lot, it's in the basement near a drain so it didn't seem like an emergency or anything. Well we got our bills. The water is a little high, really not much though. Our gas bill on the other hand is astronomical. So everything else has been put aside trying to get that fixed. We bought a new water heater, the store didn't have in it stock so we bought it online and it was supposed to be in within 2-3 days but now it won't be in for 9-11 days. We got 2 estimates for installation. One was $400 and the other is $600. They both seem ridiculously high to us, I mean that's more than the water heater it self. So we are going to check out some how to videos and see how hard it would be for us to do it. Just buying the new heater has put a giant dent into my savings if I have to pay someone to replace it that will just wipe it right out. The snail tank, as well as everything else, will just have to stay as it is until this is all straightened out. Being a grown up sucks :(

    Oh I did get a new background though. Nothing fancy just a black piece of poster board for 50 cents. I figured I could still swing that :)

  11. Mini update. I went out to breakfast this morning and had time before the person I was with had to be somewhere so I suggested wasting some time at Petco so I got to go a little sooner then I had planned. They didn't have much of anything and what they did have was pretty picked over. I guess they haven't restocked since their sale but they did have about 8 or so plants in a tube and an anubias was one of them. I'm not sure which anubias it is as it was called assorted anubias on the label. Hopefully it won't grow too big. I also never had this type of plant before, I read to either tie it to something or even glue it but the wood had a little hole in it so I just put (carefully) most of the roots through the hole. Is that good enough?

    On to the pics. First is my tank redesign, still no where near done but I love how the plant looks. I used a led flashlight as my light source so it didn't look so yellow (since I still haven't bought a new bulb) but it just looks like spot light on the plant. Still better then the yellow though.


    The water level was low since I had just taken out about half the water when I put the plant in and he was climbing up the fake plant but in this pic you can see how much my little guy has grown in just a week. The brownish line is where he was at when I got him.


    Like I said the tank is no where near done yet. I still need a new bulb, a background that isn't a piece of card board (lol), and I would like to replace the fake plant with something else. I'm not sure I want another real plant since I have a black thumb and I don't even know if this one will survive but it looks obviously fake next to a real plant so maybe a nicer looking fake one, probably silk. I just want something to hide the heater and intake. I like the simple look but I also want him to have enough things to climb all over, so he doesn't get bored. So I'm not sure about anything else, I guess I'll just play the rest by ear and see how it goes and if anything catches my eye while looking for those things.

  12. Thank you!

    I will update this with more pics to show how much he has grown already after I do a little redecorating. It should be a little redecorated by this weekend but it depends on what plants the store has in stock when I'm there. I also need a new bulb, the one in there now is very yellow. I replaced it with one from Home Depot when I still had my betta and forgot how ugly it was.

  13. Oh no I helped create a monster! Just kidding :) Your snails are awesome and I can't wait to see more pics of them. The blues, purples and ivories are my favorite and I have always wanted one (at least one anyway) since I saw others have them back when I had my columbian ramshorns. You did what I didn't allow myself to do, look around the tank. I mean I looked but I didn't look, if you get what I mean. I didn't want to see anyone I may want but I wanted to see how the others were in the tank and their shell health. The one I got seemed to be the only one that was active and none of their shells were great but I had already picked him and he was coming home regardless.

  14. Thanks everyone!

    Yeah the basics are simple. Ph 7.6-8.2. Need calcium. This can come from a variety of things. Mine luke freeze dried shrimp from time to time. They will goto the top to eat them. They do need a significant amount of protein. I like to give some bloodworms from time to time. But any good fish food would meet that need really. I also feed omega one algae wafers. They love them.
    They are sexual breeders so you would need a male and female snail. Then they lay the eggs above the water line so if you dont want them they can be easily removed. My feeding is per adult snail one algae waffer every other day and bloodworms once a week. (This is the tank without fish that eat pellet food.) They also eat the shrimp from time to time when the leaf fish leaves some. As for the veggies I dont use fresh veggies that often due to useing the algae wafers. How bug is your guy? He still has the spots right now so I know he is not fully mature. He will lose them after he does. They can reach the size if a golf ball so id just do the one in that tank size. Although if you upgraded (at least 5 gal) you could do two and they are social snails when in groups.
    Thats hust some basics off the top of my head. But feel free to ask as many questions as you have im sure we can answer them.

    Oh and btw they can live in water 50°F but they slow down their movements and growth. This also can cause thickening of the shell that is concidered by many as unattractive.

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    He's about the size of a dime, so yeah he isn't close to full grown yet. I thought about it some more and I don't plan on adding a fish. I would still like to add a couple shrimp though, if that's OK. The tanks temp is around 75 at night and 78 during the day with the light on. I didn't know they need a lot of protein for some reason I thought they were mostly herbivores. I have stuff like krill and river shrimp for my hermit crabs but I also have some grasshoppers, crickets and mealworms. They are all freeze dried, would the snail eat them too? Maybe I'll try a meal worm but feed in a separate container just in case.

    Awwww, what a handsome dude! He practically sparkles! I love the pics. I think he would be ok with a betta as long as you monitor the water params. Some live plants might help as well. If you're worried you could upgrade to a 5 or 10 gallon which would certainly be ok for a snail and a betta.

    Thank you! I would like to get either a java fern or anubias nana, whenever I get myself to a petstore. I heard Petco was having a sale but a lot of the plants are already gone so I don't even know if it's worth to go today.

  15. They do appear to scrape the shells outer layer. I didn't boil them, just let them dry, scrubbed, rinsed and plopped in the tank. The shells look nice in the tank too.

    Is there a certain type shell they prefer? I have several different types that I picked up from beaches and what not. Just wondering if maybe they like one more then another for whatever reason. I already threw one in my snails tank. It looks like it might have been a conch shell but all that's left of it is the inner spiral so I'm not really sure.

    Another one :teehee


    Or two


    He really seems to like this wood! :)

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    Great pics he (?) seems to love the camera. It's funny because mine is almost always on the wood I have in my tank when I check on him. I would have thought he would of liked the one chinese lantern I have in there because he can go to the top inside and be completely hidden but I have only seen him on it once. Maybe because the wood is real he likes the feel of it better? Who knows? I may even take the lantern out if he doesn't like it and attempt to have a real plant in there. I have a black thumb and have even killed a cactus. The only plant that I have that I don't think I could kill it if I tried is java moss. That stuff is worse than algae and I swear if it could live out of water it would take over the world. It started out as a tiny, maybe 1 1/2 piece that was in the water when my brother bought plants for his tank. I took it home since it didn't stand a chance with his fish, they eat plants. And it has grown and grown and grown. I don't even know what to do with it anymore. I keep taking most of it out and after a few months there's a giant green blob floating in my tank again. My guppies love it but me, not so much. But anyway I was thinking of getting either java FERN or anubias nana. I read they both stay pretty small so they should be OK in my 3 gallon. Hopefully.

  16. Nooo! Lol I just lost a page worth of information I had typed up for you. :( and I dont have time too again right now as im getting ready to leave. But ive been doing a lot of research on these sails a long with raising some babies right now so with you have any questions ask and when I get back ill see about giving you an answer :) but I wish you luck with your new pet. They are really interesting creatures.

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    Aww I hate it when that happens. I have actually had snails before but I had Colombian ramshorns. They used to breed like rabbits, are these snails the same way? It's been a while (around 5 years) since I had snails and I actually remember most of their care. I know they need calcium and to have things like cuttle bone for them. They like things like different types of veggies and I even used give mine leaves from my maple tree. Plus I supplemented that stuff with algae waffers and whatever else my fish missed. That's all good for my new guy, right? Since, at least for now, he is in a tank alone how much food should I be giving him? I don't want to over feed especially since the tank isn't cycled yet but I also don't want to under feed. The first night I gave him a piece of a Reptomin turtle stick, the next night a shrimp pellet and last night I gave him some romaine lettuce. He went right for it but I don't think he ate much of it. I ripped off more then I had wanted and I don't remember how big the piece actually was so he may have eaten more then I think. I still have it in there in case he likes it better once it gets old better then was it was fresh.

  17. He should be fine as long as the temperature doesn't drop below 65*. I have a golden one in the goldfish tank I keep in my bedroom. I don't have a heater in that tank nor do I turn the heat on in that room. The tank usually sits between 68-70* in winter and mine does just fine scooting all over the place.

    As for plant eating I've heard that they can/do, However this is the second apple snail I've had and neither ate my plants. They both enjoyed any veg I put in the tank though.

    Love the new photos too. The more I look at your guy the more I want to get a black/blue one for the tank in my living room!

    I think it may get a little colder than that, maybe closer to 60. I'll keep the heater in for now. It's keeping it around 78 but once the weather starts warming up I'll unplug it so it can drop a little and hopefully be closer to 70 or so.

    You have inspired me to start my own snail thread :teehee

    Thanks :hug

    Posted :)

    I love your photo's. He's beautiful.

    Your not qt'ing your snail? (as in changing the water every day for at least a week)

    I qt all my snails for 8 days in case they carried any nasties in their shell. But then again I have a betta and live plants also. So maybe people don't qt a snail when they are by themselves. (I don't know. :( )

    Since my tank isn't cycled I will be doing daily water changes anyway. I may put some media from an established tank to help jump start the cycle though. But since he is the only living thing in there I don't think it's important to do the water changes for any parasitic reasons.

    What a great pic! Definitely a contender for Aquatic Photo of the Month! :)

    Wow really? Just think how much better it would look if I could take good pictures :P

  18. Beautiful pics! They reminded me of the snails I used to have. Mine were ramshorns but they were the gold color like yours as well as the striped ones. I looked for my old SD cards to try and find some pics. I found a card with pics from 2009. It had a few pics that had some snails but you couldn't really see them since they weren't the focus of the pic but there was one. I'll post it at the bottom. All the ones I could see looked pretty large and since I didn't find any egg pics, which I know I took, 2009 must have been near the end of my keeping snails. And once those passed I moved on to other things. Since I have had snails before my new guy doesn't creep me out at all and I think it's totally awesome. I remember cleaning out my tank and they would sometimes climb up my hand onto my arm and try to eat me. Now that is a little weird feeling but ehh I have been bitten by worse things, lol.

    Is that black sand from Petco? I tried using that in my goldfish tank but when they sifted through it searching for food they would spit it out right into the intake and my Aquaclear started making a noise so I had to remove it. I was hoping it would be fine too since it's a bigger grain then most sands but now I have their black gravel in there instead.


  19. Thank you every one :)

    He's lovely. Welcome to the wonderful world of snail care. The 3 gallon is fine for the snail, although he would probably like real plants rather than plastic ones. Do add the cuttlebone. I'm not a betta fan and I wouldn't add one. Although technically overstocked, I would consider 1 male guppy instead.

    I am all guppied out, lol. I have been keeping guppies for what seems to be forever and I just want them to stop at this point. They are great fish but are never ending. Depending on how big he grows I may just keep him(?) alone. I just want to be able to see something when I look in the tank because right now since he is hiding it looks empty.

    Blue/black mystery snails are my favorites. Their color pattern is so beautiful!

    I'd keep the snail in the 3g by itself. If you add a betta, make sure to change the water 100% weekly or more.

    The snail itself does not really require a heater, but it will be more active in warmer water. At the same time this will also shorten its life span. I think a healthy 75F is a good temperature for the snail.

    It does not need the wood. If the wood lowers the pH, remove it. If not, then it's fine. Make sure to provide sources of calcium, like egg shells to nibble on or a piece of cuttlefish bone are both great sources of calcium. Make sure the pH remains at least at 7.5 or higher if possible (which then again is the opposite of what you'd want for a betta).

    I didn't even notice the orange all over when I picked him out and still don't really see it unless I look real close. It showed up great in the pic though didn't it? How cold is too cold for them? I have the tank in my bedroom which is always cold this time of year and without a heater the water could be in the 60's, is that too cold? I don't want to shorten his life span but I also don't want him to be cold.

    Love it!! do they eat plants?

    I don't have any live plants in there at the moment so I'm not completely sure but I'm pretty sure this type of snail doesn't eat plants.

    Please show us his shell?

    I just recently got a mystery snail too, but mine is gold! I fine the pattern of his "foot" to be a marbley marvel :heart


    He has been sleeping under the wood all afternoon I have a pic from yesterday where you can see the front of the shell where it looks a little damaged. I also have a pic that I just took of him under the wood, you can see more of the back. It also looks like there is new growth since yesterday. It looks way more blue but it could also just be the angle. I also have a pic of the whole tank. I'm not happy with how it looks but for now it's OK I guess. And please don't mind the glass or should I say acrylic. It has some scratches and some hard algae spots that I don't want to scrap off and scratch the acrylic even more. Oh and the background is just a piece of cardboard so don't mind that either, lol.




  20. I almost completely forgot why I came here, I saw people posting about hermit crabs and was surprised to see that on this site I kinda got caught up, lol. Anyway I was at Petsmart yesterday dropping my brothers dog off at the vet and needed to get some cat food. On my way back I glanced over at the tanks and saw a ton of snails in one tank. I took a closer look and saw that they weren't in the best of shape. A lot of their shells looked thin and chipped but I saw this adorable little blue running away and I needed to get it. The person I was with went to find someone to help me while I kept close eye on it so it didn't get away. The whole time I was thinking what am I going to do with this thing? I have a 46 gallon bow front with my 3 goldfish in it but they are way too large for this tiny snail. It's maybe the size of a dime if not just a little smaller. I also have a 25 gallon with some small tropical fish but I don't want it to be pestered by the fish all day long. So what's left? I have turtles and frogs and of course hermit crabs but none of them are compatible. And this spur of the moment buy I didn't want to end up being a bad decision. Then I remembered I have a 3 gallon Marineland Eclipse. I haven't used it in over a year when my betta died. So I felt better but still am unsure. I came home set the tank up and the snail seems to enjoy it but I don't know if it's a good permanent home. Plus it looks very empty and I was thinking about adding a tank mate.

    Here come the questions. Is a 3 OK long term for a snail? It's filtered and heated. I have sand substrate, a couple fake plants and a piece of mopani wood in there. Which I'm also not too sure about. Is the wood OK to stay? I know wood can tend to lower the PH and I don't want to harm the snails shells. I was thinking of adding some extra shells I have to help stabilize the PH. Plus also add some cuttlebone. Would a betta be OK to add or would it be too much to have a betta and a snail in only 3 gallons? When I had my betta I added some ghost shrimp but they only lasted a couple days. At first I thought they were just hiding but when I never saw any after watching the tank for a while I realized the betta must have eaten them. She was the meanest betta I have ever had. She used to be in my tropical tank but ate all the fins off one of my corys even though she left the guppies and neons alone which I thought was weird. But anyway I was thinking if a betta isn't OK how about shrimp? Plus if the betta doesn't leave the snail alone then what do I do? I would just like to see a little more movement in the tank.

    Here is a pic of it, isn't it awesome?


  21. I didn't mean to imply you were new and didn't know what you were doing I was just trying to help. I have had my oldest crab for around 10 years now and when I'm bored I like to read about things and have read a lot about hermit crabs. Not meaning I know more I was just sharing my knowledge, at least trying to anyway. Like I have said before there are good bacteria that grow in the substrate just like a fish tank filter and to throw it all out to start over for no reason, to be honest, just confuses me.

    I also try not to clutter my tanks since the crabs do need space to move that is why I like to have things off the ground and give them more places to climb but also have plenty of space to walk. I use sort of large dishes (about 4"x5"x2"ish) as their water dishes and they tend to take up a lot of floor space so up is where I have to go if I want to add hideys and such.

  22. All of them are taken from the wild. There have been some people who have successfully bred them in captivity but it is apparently a lot of work and difficult to even get a female to carry eggs. They release them into the ocean and the zoea (sp?) hatch and live there until they molt a few times then come onto land so you basically need to have your own mini ocean. The people who have bred them (understandably) aren't willing to sell them.

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