What snail should I get?

Maxwell09
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7 gallon planted tank with shrimp. I want a snail thats hardy, long lived, active, doesnt reproduce, and helps clean up food and decaying matter.

I think nerites are off the list for now since i cant sex them, but if i can do it ill consider them again
 
veggieshark
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If you are worried about nerites reproducing, that's not going to happen.
 
Wouldratherwatchaquarium
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Was going to say Malaysian trumpets.. But they reproduce quite readily as I have discovered! I rarely see them though, they are busy burrowing in the gravel.
 
R3licx
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I have 2 Mystery snails and 2 Black Devil Spike Snails. Id say ether of them would be good for your tank.
 
carsonsgjs
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I think nerites tick all the boxes that you have set out. No need to worry about sexing as their eggs wont hatch unless they are in salt/brackish water.

I picked up a bunch a few days ago and im really impressed by their cleaning abilities.
 
animalgirl257
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mystery snails?
 
Animefishes
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Mystery snails will definitely work if you get different breeds, they do get big and might have to much bioload for a 7 gallon though.
I would do more research because some snails lay eggs without fertilization.
 
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Maxwell09
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veggieshark said:
If you are worried about nerites reproducing, that's not going to happen.
The white eggs are annoying
 
attheworld
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Maxwell09 said:
The white eggs are annoying
That's the only downfall with a nerite snail which I see. I bought one recently for my tank - super hardy and cleans up algae nicely. By hardy I mean it survived a 2 hour long walk at about 50°F in a store-bought bag.
I have rocks in my tank that were covered in diatoms since the 3rd week of the cycle. I added this snail and they were gone within 4 days. It won't eat prepared foods or vegetables, I think it only feeds off of algae and biofilm. I don't know if nerites will eat decaying plant matter/food. So, if you don't have algae in your tank since you like to keep it super clean, not for you. If you were to add nerites you could add 2-3 depending on the amount of shrimp in your tank.

Animefishes said:
Mystery snails will definitely work if you get different breeds, they do get big and might have to much bioload for a 7 gallon though.
They get pretty big and produce a lot of waste. They are gorgeous and great scavengers, but depending on how many shrimp the OP has in their 7 gallon it may not be for them. If they do want to add one I would only add 1 max. There needs to be a food in their diet with some meat in it and if your water is soft/has low GH you may need to add a calcium supplement for their large shells. But shrimp are inverts too and if they aren't having calcium problems snails will most likely do fine.
 
veggieshark
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How many snails do you want to keep? I think a single mystery snail could work.
 
Luka89
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Don’t do what I did and get Ramshorns, they reproduce like crazy and then they’re virtually impossible to eradicate.
 
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Maxwell09
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carsonsgjs said:
I think nerites tick all the boxes that you have set out. No need to worry about sexing as their eggs wont hatch unless they are in salt/brackish water.

I picked up a bunch a few days ago and im really impressed by their cleaning abilities.
Thing is the eggs, that are very hard to get off
R3licx said:
I have 2 Mystery snails and 2 Black Devil Spike Snails. Id say ether of them would be good for your tank.
Black devils would work in a 7?
animalgirl257 said:
mystery snails?
Yeah i was thinking of those. I had one once.
Hairy snails?
 
R3licx
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Maxwell09 said:
Thing is the eggs, that are very hard to get off

Black devils would work in a 7?

Yeah i was thinking of those. I had one once.
Hairy snails?
Depends how big they are at first. but eventually i would move them to a 10 gallon.
 

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