Can Betta Fish Live with Snails?

Snails and betta fish are both freshwater aquatic creatures. They each need a specific environment in order to live and thrive. If you’re thinking of getting a snail for your betta, it is important that you know the requirements before making this decision.

In this article, we will explore what type of environment snails need and how they can coexist with bettas. Let’s dive in!

Can Betta Fish Live with Snails?

Yes, betta fish can live with snails, but it’s important that the tank is large enough to accommodate both creatures. Both bettas and snails need plenty of places to hide and graze, so a tank with lots of plants is ideal.

Snails need a moist environment with plenty of algae and plants to eat. They also require calcium in order to build their shells. Bettas do not have this same requirement, so the two species can live together as long as you provide the right environment for both of them.

The habitat will need to be cleaned and maintained regularly so that neither snail nor betta is exposed to dirty water or toxic chemicals.

The Gender Of Your Betta

When it comes to the gender of your betta, you should know that male betta fish are much more aggressive than females. If you’re planning on keeping a snail in the same tank as your betta, it’ll work better if you have a female.

Female bettas are also less likely to nip at the snail’s tentacles, which can sometimes happen with males. That being said, there are always exceptions to the rule, and some male bettas can be just as gentle as females.

Types of Snails that Get Along Well With Bettas

Let’s talk about a few different types of snails that do well with bettas:

Nerite Snails

One of the best types of snails to keep with bettas is the nerite snail. These little creatures are gentle, peaceful, and don’t get too big (usually staying around an inch in size).

Nerite snails are also great algae-eaters, so they can help to keep your tank clean. They’re easy to care for and don’t require a lot of special attention.

These snails are climbers. In the wild, they crawl up rocks and escape from the water a few times a day. This means your tank needs a lid, or else the nerite snail will escape.

Nerite snails don’t breed in freshwater tanks, so you don’t have to worry about them taking over your tank and threatening your betta fish.

  • pH: 7.5
  • Temperature: 72 – 78°F
  • Lifespan: 1 Year
  • Size: 1/4 – 1/2 Inch

Mystery Snails

Another good type of snail to keep with bettas is the mystery snail. These snails are a little bit bigger than nerite snails, but they’re still peaceful and easy to care for.

Like nerite snails, mystery snails are also great algae-eaters. They help to keep your tank clean and can even eat some of the betta’s food if there’s any leftover.

This snail needs protein and calcium supplementation, so caring for them is a little bit more work than nerite snails. They are carnivorous, so a high-protein diet is necessary – just like with your betta.

  • pH: 7.0 – 7.5
  • Temperature: 68 – 82°F
  • Lifespan: 1 Year
  • Size: 2 Inches

Pond Snails

Pond snails are one of the less popular types of snails to keep with bettas, but they can still be done.

They look like garden snails we see on land. However, pond snails reproduce like CRAZY. The more algae and waste they eat, the more eggs they will lay.

  • pH: 7.5
  • Temperature: 70 – 78°F
  • Lifespan: 1 Year
  • Size: 1 Inch

Assassin Snails

As the name suggests, assassin snails are known for eating other types of snails. So, if you’re looking to get rid of some pest snails in your tank, these guys can help.

They are also helpful in getting rid of other pests, like worms and small crustaceans. The good news is that they get along fine with bettas – as long as there are no other snails in the tank for them to eat!

  • pH: 7 – 8
  • Temperature: 75 – 80°F
  • Lifespan: 2 Years
  • Size: 3 Inches

Ramshorn Snails

Ramshorn snails are another type of snail that can be kept with bettas. They’re a little bit bigger than pond snails and have a beautiful spiral shell. They’re also great algae-eaters and help to keep your tank clean.

One downside to these snails is that they reproduce quickly and are known to eat plants. So, if you’re looking to keep plants in your tank, you might want to steer clear of these guys.

  • pH: 7.0 – 7.5
  • Temperature: 70 – 78°F
  • Lifespan: 1 Year
  • Size: 1-1.5 inches

Japanese Trapdoor Snail

They get their name from their “trapdoor” shell, which they use to protect themselves from predators. Japanese trapdoor snails are also larger than most other types of snails, so they won’t be eaten by your hungry betta fish.

  • pH: 6.5 – 8
  • Temperature: 68 – 85°F
  • Lifespan: 1-5 Year
  • Size: 2 inches

How Many Snails Can I Keep With My Bettas?

It depends on the size of your tank and how many betta fish you have. If you own an average size tank of 10-20L, it’s best to start with no more than two snails for each betta.

For example, if you have two bettas, you can keep four snails. This would be pushing the limits to the max, however, so it’s always better to start with fewer snails and add more later if everyone seems to be getting along.

Will Betta Fish Eat Snails?

Yes, betta fish will eat snails. However, only if they’re hungry, if there’s nothing else for them to eat, and if the snail is small enough. Bettas are known to be opportunistic eaters, which means they’ll take advantage of an easy meal if it’s available.

If you’re worried about your betta eating your snail, you can always buy a bigger snail. Betta fish can only eat snails that are small enough to fit into their mouths, so a larger snail will be safe from becoming a betta’s next meal.

How Do I Introduce Snails to my Betta?

It’s important to introduce snails in a slow and controlled manner. Do not add too many snails at once as this can overwhelm the betta and cause stress. It is also important to make sure that the snails are not exposed to any chemicals or dirty water.

Start by putting your snails into a quarantine tank before adding them into your betta’s tank. This will help to make sure that the snails are healthy and free of any diseases.

You can then start to add the snails into your betta’s tank slowly. Start with a few snails and then increase the number over time. Once you have added all of the snails, make sure to watch them closely to make sure that they are getting along.

Your betta will show signs of stress if they are not comfortable with the snails. These signs include hiding, decreased appetite, and darting around the tank. If you see any of these signs, remove the snails from the tank immediately.

My Betta Is Eating Snail Food

It’s not uncommon for bettas to eat snail food. In fact, it can actually be beneficial for them! Snail food is high in calcium, which is something that bettas need.

I feed my mystery snails with peas and cucumbers, which my bettas tend to leave behind. You can also get pellets that are specifically made for snails. Algae wafers are another good option for snails.

Nerite snails won’t touch betta food. Instead, they prefer to feed on algae in your tank. If you have a betta and a snail, you’ll need to make sure that both of them are getting the food they need.

What Tank Do I Keep Tetras and Snails In?

The larger the tank, the better. A 20L / 5 gallon tank is a good starting point for a snail and a betta, as it gives each creature enough space to move around and set up their own little territories.

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You should also make sure that there are plenty of hiding places for both the snail and the betta. This could be in the form of plants, caves, or even just some rocks that they can hide behind.

The more space and hiding spots your snail and betta have, the less likely they are to bother each other.

What Else Should I Consider?

When thinking about keeping bettas with snails, it’s important to note that these are two different types of animals that will have different needs.

This means that you’ll need to take into account both the needs of your betta and the needs of your snail when setting up their home. Make sure to do your research on both animals so that you can provide them with everything they need to thrive!

Some people choose to keep their betta and snail in separate tanks, while others opt for a community tank. If you decide to go with the latter option, just be sure to pick species that are compatible and won’t fight or harass each other.

Will Snails Clean My Betta Tank?

While snails are great at cleaning up algae, they won’t be able to keep your betta tank as clean as you might like. This is because snails only eat a certain amount of algae and they leave behind their own waste products.

You see, they will eat material on the bottom of the tank, but they don’t clean the water itself. This means that you’ll still need to do regular water changes to keep your betta’s home clean and healthy.


In conclusion, bettas and snails can live together but there are a few things to consider before adding them to your tank. Make sure to do your research, introduce the animals slowly, and provide plenty of hiding spots for both the betta and the snail. With proper care, your betta and snail will be able to coexist peacefully!

Do you have a betta and a snail? Let us know in the comments below. I hope this article helped you and your pets. As always, thanks for reading!