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post #1 of 12 Old 08-30-2008, 05:59 AM Thread Starter
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is it possible, that because of a slightly high ammonia spike, and the fact the my apple snail had a bit of algae growing on it, that my otos could have eaten through it's shell? this morning i noticed it floating on top the water dead. lately i had noticed the aber outer layer was gone, checked the water to see an unusually high level of ammonia and moved the snail and otos to another tank with perfect cycled parameters. otos still seemed to be paying a lot of attention to the snail but i figured they just wanted the algae growth on its shell. well now i have a dead snail and am totally confused.

if ANYONE has another explanation please let me know. i am having horrible luck with these snails and need some advice.

Thanks in advance.

By the way, all levels seem to be back to normal in my other tank. will continue to monitor it closely.
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post #2 of 12 Old 08-30-2008, 05:08 PM
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Whats your pH?

Mystery shells snails will erode and you need to give them calcium.

And just before you laid dead weight upon its shores, I stung you in the face for that's the nature of my core.
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post #3 of 12 Old 09-01-2008, 05:53 AM Thread Starter
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pH is around 8.
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post #4 of 12 Old 09-01-2008, 09:02 AM
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Yeah, your water is way to soft. In soft water their shell deteriorates much faster. Try playing around with the pH if possible and try giving your snail calcium.

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post #5 of 12 Old 09-01-2008, 09:23 AM
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Yeah, your water is way to soft. In soft water their shell deteriorates much faster. Try playing around with the pH if possible and try giving your snail calcium.
if u dont mind me asking because i have some pond snail live stock for my puffer...umm how do you give a snail calcium? and how can u make the water hard? or soft?
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post #6 of 12 Old 09-01-2008, 10:27 AM
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I wouldn't worry to much about your pond snails if they are just for food. I'm sure your puffer would like the softer shells because it would make it easier to crush them. But theres a thread for apple snails shell deterioration in the inverts section. You should use calcium citrate powered or I imagine they have tablet form for your snail. And try to lower your pH to about 7.6ish, thats ideal for these guys.

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I wouldn't worry to much about your pond snails if they are just for food. I'm sure your puffer would like the softer shells because it would make it easier to crush them. But theres a thread for apple snails shell deterioration in the inverts section. You should use calcium citrate powered or I imagine they have tablet form for your snail. And try to lower your pH to about 7.6ish, thats ideal for these guys.
well yea i was also planning on adding a apple snail because i love those xD and i wanted it to grow to its maximum size (size of a softball) xD umm how long will it take em to grow?
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post #8 of 12 Old 09-01-2008, 11:49 AM
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Hmm ok lol now I've confused myself, I just assumed you guys were talking about Pomacea bridgesii, but now I understand you mean pomacea canaliculata? Be careful with those guys, they will strip your planted tanks bare in a matter of hours

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Hmm ok lol now I've confused myself, I just assumed you guys were talking about Pomacea bridgesii, but now I understand you mean pomacea canaliculata? Be careful with those guys, they will strip your planted tanks bare in a matter of hours
im not a snail expert xD i just know the basics xD but i do i know i want that snail dubbed "largest freshwater snail"
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post #10 of 12 Old 09-01-2008, 08:26 PM
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Well a pomacea canaliculata can grow the size of your fist and pomacea bridgesii grows to be about the size of a golf ball and is commonly sold as the mystery snail. I've never seen pomacea canaliculata at my lfs, unless they are mixed in the with mystery snails.

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