Betta fish are some pretty cool creatures no doubt. The same thing can be said for snails. After all, snails in the aquarium are like having an automatic vacuum. They eat algae and all that nasty gunk that you would otherwise have to clean
Now, there could be a little problem in terms of housing Betta fish together with snails. It is the problem of do Bettas eat snails?
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So Do Bettas Eat Snails?
The short and simple answer to this question is yes, Betta fish will eat snails if given the chance. Of course the snail has to be able to fit in the mouth of the Betta fish, but that should not be a big issue for the Betta considering that most aquarium snails are fairly small.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that your Betta is dumb enough to eat the snail with the shell. The Betta fish will actually suck and pull the meaty insides, or the actual snail, right out of the shell.
The shell will then fill up with water and most likely sink right to the bottom of the tank. You can put snails into the tank with a Betta at your own risk, or technically speaking, at the risk of the snail. If you are going to do this, you might want to go for a snail that is fairly large and might be able to hold its own against a hungry and aggressive Betta fish (we have covered aquarium snails in detail in this post).
So, if you were wondering whether or not Betta fish eat snails, the answer is yes. Hey, it’s a live, meaty, and tasty snack that just can’t be ignored!