For the Record: A Snail’s Pace

For the record, in honor of NaBloPoMo, I’m trying to post a blog entry for every day in November. I’ve been struggling to keep up regular posts again, so I aim to fix that.

Some of these may be extremely short posts. And many of them will likely be written on my phone. Today’s will be a good example although it’s longer than I though it would be.

In other news, a couple of weeks ago we got several nerite snails for our two fish tanks. We were having some algae overgrowth, and instead of scrubbing the tanks we decided to try a few algae-eating snails. This is by far one of our better fish tank purchases.

Those snails have been busy! In our ten-gallon tank they have scrubbed the decorative bridge clean. After months of sporting greens, browns, and grays, that bridge is practically day-glo it looks so clean. I think the snails even ate some of the paint off. I hope it doesn’t make them sick. They don’t appear to have slowed down any. So far, so good. One has even moved on to the side of the tank, and there’s now a large clean section.

In our smaller kitchen tank there’s hardly any algae left at all. The striped snail scrubbed the rocks, the back of the tank, the sides … It has now moved on to eating and cleaning algae off the leaves of an artificial plant. It’s amazing!

I would really like a larger, omnivorous, air-breathing snail that I could set free in our living room.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. melinda
    Nov 07, 2014 @ 11:12:17

    Once you have mastered blogging on your phone, start writing stories on it. In Japan many phone stories have been published and there was just a 6 figure deal made for a phone story in the US.

    We use those snails too…they rock.


  2. alightningbug
    Nov 08, 2014 @ 19:56:08

    Haha! I don’t know if I’ll ever master blogging on my phone, but I try! I have written quite a few blog posts and parts of several stories on my phone. Before the phone (I’ve had a “smart” phone for a about a year) I wrote parts of stories on my iPad, sometimes large parts. It was easier to type on the iPad, but I have the phone with me more often. Luckily several of the apps I used for writing on the iPad work on the phone too. They even sync.

    The phone gets frustrating at times. I can type so much faster on my computer! I may see if I can come up with some options for typing more efficiently on the phone. Like a keyboard maybe?

    The snails do indeed rock, and they love cleaning rocks. And I think the rocks love them too. It seems to be good all around.


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