Snails and the Cycle

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I have a few still tiny snails in my 75 gallon tank that is just beginning to cycle. I think they're apple snails, but I'm not 100% sure. Will they die during the cycle? Or will they survive? Also, how to take care of apple snails? Do I need to feed them? So far, I haven't fed them with anything and yet they're getting bigger every day. I can see their tiny mouths (through a magnifying glass) cleaning the glass and plants! I really like them! I hope they're not the bad type of snails for a planted tank.
 

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Cool I think I've heard lettuce is good too. Is that true?
 

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Lettuce ok, doesn't hold a lot of nutritional value, cucumber works along with zuchini but sometimes is hit and miss. Also accept flake and various sinking wafers. Make sure you get some calcium, link that Rose gave me if you don't give them calcium there shell will crack. They also tend to be good at escaping so make sure all little cracks are covered, though I know you have a glass cover you still need to cover any tiny opening.
 
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No way ... I have quite a large opening on the back of the tank. The glass cover is not full - it leaves space in the the back for filters, heaters, etc ... And I can't cover the entire top anyway, as there needs to be some fresh air inside too! Man, what am I gonna do  with these snails? I think I'll remove them to my 30 and 10 gallon tanks. And in the summer I will let them out in some ponds, as I cannot kill them. I cannot kill any living creatures. I even buy frozen bloodworms and bbs for my fish to eat as I can't feed them with live ones. They're pond snails (most likely now) so they should be fine when released to some pond, right?

Oh, and thanks for the link and for the nutritional recommendations
 

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Ahh, don't release them, your not supposed to release them into the environment, it says on some lfs bags too. Had to tell you before I went to school.
 
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I have read about the fact that you cannot release freshwater fish into lakes, ponds, and rivers, but I've just been told on Plant Geek that I could release the snails into a pond.
 
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