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Old 31-08-2009, 08:40 PM
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Default Pond Snails - How do I keep them?

Hi folks

This sounds a simple question but I would really appreciate the help.

I have a spare small aquarium and would like to keep some pond snails in it. When I was a child we had one at school.

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Do I need to heat or filter the water in the aquarium? I don't have a filter and was going to do regualr water changes instead?

Should I give them any food as well as pond weed and plants? I remember we used to put fish flakes in and when these had rotted slightly the snails ate them.

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Old 31-08-2009, 08:53 PM
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Depends what sort of pond snails, if they are your regular uk pond snails then nothing special is really needed, I kept them with some goldfish indoors w/o a problem. They used to eat the algae on the glass and some pondweed we used to put in, and also any uneaten fish food.

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Yes that is what i was intending.

Just to get it straight then - I don't need a filter or heater.

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Could I have a pair of small goldfish in there as well then?
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Could I have a pair of small goldfish in there as well then?

Probably not. Goldfish are very messy feeders and can get very large (up to 14") You would need at least a 4-5 foot tank for a pair and adequate filtration. Unfortunately the trend is to keep them in completeley inadequate conditions because they can "survive", however, they are unlikely to thrive, often having their growth stunted and lives shortened. An unfortunate end for such a beautiful and long lived fish.
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You could always dispense with the water and keep some GALS in there instead.
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Could I have a pair of small goldfish in there as well then?
I had a big tank with mine, it was about 120L with freshwater fish and snails, I would let the fish grow to a certain size and then put them in my big garden pond so they could continue to grow, an their offspring goes into the tank, and it starts all over again XD. I only lost 1 snail to the fish
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