3 gallon snail tank?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Lindsey Stallings, Jun 14, 2016.

  1. Lindsey StallingsNew MemberMember

    Hi guys! :;hi1

    I'm realizing I need to keep a quarantine tank going for my fish. My betta got sick and I put him in my 3 gallon, but it wasn't cycled, so now I'm worrying about that making him sick so I'm moving him back. I put cycled media from my 10 gallon into the 3 gallon, but it doesn't seem to be enough. I'd like to keep the tank going so that I can use it in the future for a quarantine tank so I was thinking of keeping one or two snails in the tank to keep it going. Plus I like snails. Would one or two be good? I'm fishless/snailess cycling the tank until it's done. Then I'm planning to put the snail(s) in. What do you guys recommend? Is this a bad idea for any reason? If not, what type of snail do you recommend? How many?

    For those curious, the other fish I have that would be moved into the quarantine tank if they got sick is a betta fish, emerald eye rasboras, and pea puffers. If any one of them got sick, I'd move it into the quarantine tank. Obviously, I'm not putting the pea puffers with the snail. If I needed to quarantine a pea puffer, I'd move the snail(s) in with the betta temporarily.

    Does this sound like an okay plan?
  2. Bithimala

    BithimalaFishlore VIPMember

    A few things I would want to mention, though overall not a bad idea.

    If you are going to be medicating in that tank, you'll need to move out the snails for almost all fish meds before treating.

    In a 3 gallon, I would go with 1 mystery snail and a few nerites.

    I will toss out a warning, you may decide you like the tank too much to treat it as a hospital tank :)
  3. Pringlethesnail

    PringlethesnailWell Known MemberMember

    Hi, so in my opinion nerite snails are boring lol. They don't come out of their shell at all so it's basically a moving shell. I have all mystery snails now and I'm in love. I started out with one mystery in a 3gallon qt for that exact reason- just to keep the cycle going and have another pet. I fell in love with this one little mystery snail and I ended up buying a ten gallon and now I'm trying to breed them. They're great. Read up on egg clutches though- that would be the downfall. Mine was a male so I didn't have that problem. I would only get one because you don't want to worry about breeding. Nerite females also lay eggs randomly all over everything and there really hard to scrape off so I'm not a fan. I'll include some pictures or videos of my mysterys for you. If you want info for care or anything let me know! image imageimage
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  4. sheenalee

    sheenaleeValued MemberMember

    I'd think that a 3 gallon might be too small for a golden apple mystery snail. They can get up to 6 inches.
  5. Pringlethesnail

    PringlethesnailWell Known MemberMember

    What is referred to as an apple snail and what is referred to as a mystery snail are two different species lol. Apple snails can get to be the size of an apple mysteries get the size of a golf ball at best.

    So no golden apple snail, yes golden mystery snail
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