Snails need little maintenance, which means they don’t need a lot of attention. What they do need is food, circulating water, and calcium.
Snails are bottom feeders. What does that mean? No, they don’t eat pants, they eat anything that lies at the bottom of your tank. Fish food, algae, anything! They are like the billy goats of the sea … or would they be Capricorns? Anyway, since they are not in the wild, where they can always find food on the ocean floor or river beds, we will have to feed them ourselves. For my snails; Marigold, Noir, and Vivi, I give them algae tabs. You can get them on Amazon, PetSmart, or Petco. (They do leave a film in your tank so I would be aware that you would have to clean your tank soon after, Marimo moss balls can serve as another source of algae for snails). I also blanch zucchini and cucumbers for my snails and add fish food to their tank as well. It is important for snails to have a well balanced diet. Would we ever benefit if we ate the same salad over and over again? We would be healthy, sure, but something would be missing in our bodies. That is why it is important for snails to have variety in their diet. Most importantly, for snails to have access to calcium.
Calcium is essential for numerous reasons. They help keep our bones healthy. It does the same thing for the snail’s shells. How do the snails get calcium? Eggshells, Cuttlefish bones, and fish feeders. For eggshells, you have to strip them of the remaining membrane (thin film attached to the shell). What I do is break up the eggshells and put them underwater to peel off the said remainder of the membrane. It is a process, so take your time. Cuttlefish bones are also a source of calcium for snails. I ordered mine from Amazon. They come from cuttlefish and are initially used for birds in their cages. They float if you put the cuttlebones into the tank, so I boil it down for ten minutes. This will help the bone soak up the water. If you do not want to go through eggshells or buy bones, another resource for calcium are fish feeders. These are originally used if you are going on a trip and need to make sure your fish will be fed while you are gone. They have calcium and all the other nutrients that your snail will need while you are away, plus they will provide a delicious meal for your fish if you have fish and snails cohabitating.
Snails need to be in water that is circulating and warm. Good water flow will promote more oxygen in the water for the snail. For this, I have a filter. It provides movement in the water as well, all while cleaning the tank. I use a tank warmer for the snail tank as well. The water should be at 68-84 degrees Fahrenheit. This helps their metabolism.
Alright, I am finally done with talking about snails! Now, onto fish!
Fish come in many shapes, scales, and sizes. But they all need a few things to ‘just keep swimming’: a good-sized tank/bowl, clean water, and a healthy diet.
In this article, I am going to focus on betta fish. Fish, especially betta fish, need a lot of space in their bowls or tanks to avoid stress.I have a betta myself, his name is Chip, he is a koi betta, which is a larger breed. He can be up to 3inches! Now that’s a whopper!
Chip needs a 5-gallon tank to be comfortable. This includes plants and a toy volcano (which he sleeps in sometimes). With betta fish, they also need warm water. Why? Betta fish originate from Thailand or Cambodia. We have to try to replicate their environment by the heater so they can be healthy. Without it, bettas are more lethargic, and their metabolism is lowered. This can cause swim bladders disease, where they cannot swim properly.
Bettas also need clean, circulating water to stay healthy. Bettas are classified as anabantids, or, “labyrinth fish.” They have a gland (labyrinth gland), that allows them to breathe air or live in poor quality water conditions. Even though this is true, it is important to clean your tank every month.