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Mystery snail hasn't moved in awhile

Discussion in 'Freshwater Invertebrates' started by vtx-coley, Feb 11, 2008.

  1. vtx-coley

    vtx-coley I like waffles

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    My Mystery snail used to be very active, but lately he/she hasn't been moving much. In fact he hasn't moved in 3 -4 days. He does open and close. I'm not sure if this is normal or not. I've had him for about 8 months and this is the least active he's been. He's about 1" in diameter.

    Water temp. 78*
    Ammonia 0
    Nitrites 0
    Nitrates 10
    pH 7.6
    55 gallon cycled for a month. He was in my 20 before this.

    Maintenance: 50% water change weekly with half tank gravel vac, I use Prime, 3 small plants (anubis) and malaysian driftwood, 55 gallon, gravel substrate
     
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    mine do that from time to time as well. Was he full sized when you got him? Is anybody picking on him?
     
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    vtx-coley I like waffles

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    No he was a little guy, maybe 1/2 inch. Nobody really picks on him. Sometimes the platys feed gently off his shell.
     
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    is he eating? what do you feed him? Honestly, he is getting to the "elderly" stage of snaily life. He might just be getting old.
     
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    vtx-coley I like waffles

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    Don't really feed him anything. I thought he would just get the leftovers.

    What do you recommend? Veggies?

    Old age already? Huh.
     
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    Sure, they love veggies especially cucumber, zucchini and green beans IME. You can weigh them down with a fork or a chip clip. It might take a couple tries for him to eat them but he most likely will catch on quickly. Most of the "larger" snails live a year and a half or thereabouts.
     
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    from the apple snail website:

    78F = 25.5 C
     
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    vtx-coley I like waffles

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    Thanks for all the help.

    Ya know I research my fish for hours and I really haven't done any for my snail. He always seemed happy, so I just let him be.

    I put some boiled zucchini by him on a clip. I'll see what happens.

    He did just come out for a minute, got some fresh water, I suppose, and closed back up.
     
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    Sounds like a mystery! :D
     

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