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I bought a plant from a PETSMART for a science lab and now I have a snail. It li...

SnowRudy

Question: 
I bought a plant from a PETSMART for a science lab and now I have a snail. It lives underwater. I have no clue what kind of snail or anything about how to care for. It is growing and seems to be eating the dead plant at the bottom of the tank. Some basic help is needed!
Answer: 

Unfortunately, snails often arrive in an aquarium with fish and plants.

While they can be an interesting part of keeping an aquarium, some species such as the Malaysian trumpet snail, ram's horn snail, and the pond snail can breed freely in the aquarium producing large numbers. Mystery snails do not breed readily, and that is why most aquarist like to keep them in their aquariums.

You may have a mystery snail. They earn their keep by clearing up any rotting vegetation from your aquarium plants as well as algae from the glass. Here is some information on mystery snails.

Crawlers
Snails will adhere to the aquarium glass and crawl up the sides of the tank.

Multiplying snails
Snails readily reproduce in an aquarium environment.

Décor
Live aquatic plants are beneficial for snails, which will graze on their leaves.

Compatibility
Snails can be kept in most tanks, but some gouramis, skunk loaches and other large fish may eat smaller snails.

Staple diet
Although snails will move along the surfaces of the aquarium scraping green algae with their mouths, they will also accept all kinds of commercial flake and pellet foods.

Frequent feedings
For optimum health, feed your aquatic invertebrates as much food as they will consume in 1-3 minutes, twice a day.