snails for cycling?

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cicatriz

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hi all,

just wondering how hardy larger ornamental snails (such as a mystery snail) are when it comes to cycling a tank? has anyone tried this? are there any reasons i shouldn't?

thanks!
 

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Apparently snails will survive the cycle, so I guess they should also help the cycle if you have more of them. I've had snails in a cycling 1.5 week old tank, and they're getting bigger by the day. No signs of any cycle effects on them whatsoever!
 

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Sometimes they don't like ammonia spikes but overall should be ok like Isabella said
 

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They have such a light bioLoad it would take a long time to cycle a tank using just snails (or have I misunderstood your question )
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i think mystery snails would have a heavy enough bioload if they were fed, but i doubt pond/pest snails would really work too well (bioload too small)

i used to have some mystery (apple) snails, and they were pretty much pooping machines!
 
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ok cool,

so i have a tank about 6 days into the cycle and already have nitrates showing up, the ammonia is gone and the nitrites are almost gone... should i throw my snail in the tank or will it throw things out of wack?
 

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well, i would think that if you've got nitrates, with nitrites/ammonia gone, you're finished cycling

hehe, i just read your signature, it looks like you already put them in just a warning though, they're probably too big for dwarf puffers to eat the whole thing unless they're about less than a week or so old.

gl with your tanks!
 

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cool! glad to hear he's doing better
 

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I have 1 Mystery Snail and 1 pond snail in my 5 gallon, which I'm still waiting on to finish cycling. My ammonia levels are now up to 4 ppm and they don't even seem to notice! They're thriving just the same. (But I do hope it cycles soon.)
 
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