Would Nerite Snails be acceptable Green Spotted Puffer food? I'm thinking about getting a few Zebras and breeding as food for our Kirby (and because I really like them)...but I don't know if their shells would be too hard?
"Green Spotted Puffers will usually eat everything they can, and will literally eat themselves to death. It's better to give them a smaller, healthy diet rather than overfeeding. Variety is the key. The most important food for them is snails that are about the size of their eyes. The shells of these snails will wear down their beak-like teeth, which would grow so long that they would no longer be able to eat. The largest part of their diet is crustaceans. They are pure carnivores, and love meaty foods." ...from the link below: https://www.fishlore.com/aquariummagazine/nov08/greenspottedpuffer.htm
Pond snails have thin shells and is ideal. Ramshorn is a bit tough when big. The ideal would be if half of the shell would fit in their mouth. A little bigger and they will not be able to eat it in one sitting and may just end up half eaten and rot away.
I figured I'd just give him the ones at an appropriate size...hmmm.
He already gets pond and ramshorns...I was just hoping for something with a little more pizazz since they're living in my main tank. That IS a bit of an issue if they need brackish water to breed, though.
I'm afraid the shells are too hard for them. You'd have to smash each snail before feeding. I fed mine lots of Ghost Shrimp which I bred. I also fed Mystery Snails and Apple Snails which I smashed for them before feeding.
Okey-dokey I appreciate the input! Maybe I'll get some mystery snails (or a batch of purple ramshorns..). I've been really wishing I had some purple in my tank and they both appear to come in that color.