Snail Ownership

I have been meaning to make this post for a while and now I’m finally doing it. This post is all about snail ownership and why I recommend it. If you’re like me you never once thought about getting a snail. In fact they might even creep you out a little. My hope is that I will change your mind.

The position of my tank near a window promoted algae growth. Due to this problem I purchased a product that was supposed to get rid of algae. The product had a weird 3 day dosing schedule and worked very slowly. After maybe 5 doses (15 days) some of the algae had diminished. The biggest problem was that you had to keep the schedule up or the algae would return. The only solution left was to get a little critter to get the algae for me. My 2.5 gallon tank was much too small for an algae eating fish, so that left me with algae eating invertebrates. My local PetSmart only offered mystery snails so those are the only snails I have purchased.

These little snails have a lot of personality. It’s funny but each snail I’ve owned has had its own personality. I have a few pictures to show you what I’m talking about.
Here’s my first snail. She liked to sit under the filter and have the current flow over her. It was really adorable.


My next snail was a scaredy cat. He didn’t have anywhere to hide so he hid under a seashell decoration I had.


I knew what he needed, so I got him a little castle to hide in.


They are really fun to watch. Their little mouths open and close in an interesting way. They have a ton of teeny tiny teeth that scraps the algae off the edges of objects. I have also taken my snail out of water (you can do that for a little while as long as a puddle of water is near by) and let him roam around my desk.

Don’t have algae in your tank? Never fear! You have options. If you still want a snail you can always feed them algae wafers. The only thing is you have to be careful that your fish don’t nibble at it. You could accidentally overfeed your fish that way.


This is the brand that I used when I didn’t have such a large algae supply. If this post has gotten you interested in owning a snail check out this post that will teach you everything you need to know before and after purchasing a snail.

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