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Asking for my 8-yr old

Postby Melbel » Sun Mar 12, 2017 6:14 pm

Our entire household is getting in and offering their "suggestions" as to what to out in our 125 gal.

I've settled on an all-male Haps/Peacock tank, but apparently, the idea of stocking with fish isn't exciting (and taxing) enough because on top of that, our 8yr wants to know if he can have snails and shrimp.

I've already told him, "no", but I figured I should actually find out lest I dash his dreams forever.

And while many consider snails to be pests, I think they're pretty nifty so if they are feasible in a setup such as that which I'm creating, I wouldn't mind letting him has "his" pet too.

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Re: Asking for my 8-yr old

Postby DJRansome » Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:17 pm

The shrimp will get eaten. The more attractive snails can also get eaten or waste away in a tank unfriendly to them. MTS are not all that attractive and hide in the substrate by day so not a very fun pet. You will likely get some of those with the fish whether you want them or not.

Why not give him a 10G for his pets?

Nerite snails can be attractive and live for a time with haps and peacocks.
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Re: Asking for my 8-yr old

Postby Melbel » Mon Mar 13, 2017 12:14 am

DJRansome wrote:The shrimp will get eaten. The more attractive snails can also get eaten or waste away in a tank unfriendly to them. MTS are not all that attractive and hide in the substrate by day so not a very fun pet. You will likely get some of those with the fish whether you want them or not.

Why not give him a 10G for his pets?

Nerite snails can be attractive and live for a time with haps and peacocks.


I have 2 boys (3 if I include my husband), 3 cat, and already 2 tanks with the 125 near ready to stock.

Call me the Evil Mom for not wanting the 8yr old to have his own tank that surly I would end up tending. ;)
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Re: Asking for my 8-yr old

Postby Aaron S » Mon Mar 13, 2017 10:42 am

If you put shrimp in then there would be a pretty horrific sight for someone who wanted them as pets. I have done it before... it was vicious.
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Re: Asking for my 8-yr old

Postby Melbel » Mon Mar 13, 2017 8:05 pm

Glad I asked about the shrimp then. Not sure that the aquarium is the time/place to show the kiddos about the Circle of Life! :)

I'm hearing that some snails (e.g. Nerites) can manage? Again, trying to stay clear the Circle of Life discussion that might be necessary after witnessing a potential massacre. :)
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Re: Asking for my 8-yr old

Postby DJRansome » Mon Mar 13, 2017 10:46 pm

The nerites won't live their full life span...some died pretty quickly, most lasted about a year and one lasted several years. I didn't even think they lived that long.

I think the average for them is 2 years. So they did not manage all that well.
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Re: Asking for my 8-yr old

Postby Melbel » Mon Mar 13, 2017 11:13 pm

Meh...1 year is better than a Betta would last in the tank. ;)
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