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Old 05-17-2007, 06:09 PM   #21
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No problem...I'm hooked on these snails!

I forgot to mention...the female did crawl out to lay the eggs...and fall to the carpet behind my desk...

When I found her, I thought she was dead. She was tucked way back into the shell...the operculum was loose and I could see her tentacles when I peeked back there...they looked all shrivelled...

I didn't know how long she had been down there...so without much hope...I gave her the benefit of the doubt and put her in a cup of water...

...I figured if she was alive, she'd have to come out for air fairly soon...

...30 minutes went by...nothing...

...one hour...

...two hours...

By then I figured she definately was dead and was about to deal with her remains...

...but went to do some household stuff first...

A few minutes later I hear:

"Mom! I don't think the snail is dead!"

I go to look in the cup...and she was suckered on to the side at the waterline...I left her there for another half-hour and then put her in the tank...she went back to the waterline and parked herself...

Came home from work...and she's still alive in the tank!

Who knew they could resurrect???
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Old 05-17-2007, 06:18 PM   #22
 
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Rue, that's good to hear that after her ordeal she has still made it.

Here's a really stupid question: when I get them, do I just plop them in the tank, and let them float to the bottom, or wherever they decide to go? Or do I have to "stick" them to the glass out or in the water?
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Old 05-17-2007, 06:28 PM   #23
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...nope...just plop 'em in the tank...they'll fall to the bottom...and then get going when they feel like it...

...mine motor about like little tanks...more active than I had anticipated too...

...they also float around the top of the tank...until they get to where they want to go...and then drop...with startling accuracy...

...they'll all end up on top of the algae wafers I drop in in no time...some crawl over...some do the 'float-drop'...but they all do it at more or less the same time...

...rather uncanny...
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Old 05-17-2007, 06:35 PM   #24
 
Rue--they can live tightly closed up for a week out of the water. As long as the fall doesn't cause a break above their lung they're usually fine. Your mama snail is probably just really shook up and needs some time to get over her ordeal. I never dispose of a snail unless it smells. One whiff of a dead snail and you'll know without question. No smell, no disposal. They start to stink really quickly.

Julie--Float the bag in the water for a few minutes to adjust the temp, then plop them in. You don't need to acclimate them to the water otherwise.
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Old 05-17-2007, 06:40 PM   #25
 
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...nope...just plop 'em in the tank...they'll fall to the bottom...and then get going when they feel like it...

...mine motor about like little tanks...more active than I had anticipated too...

...they also float around the top of the tank...until they get to where they want to go...and then drop...with startling accuracy...

...they'll all end up on top of the algae wafers I drop in in no time...some crawl over...some do the 'float-drop'...but they all do it at more or less the same time...

...rather uncanny...
Sounds great to watch! Still can't get over taking the plants out though! I'm really tempted to put some in and hope for the best. Yesterday the woman had no clue what type of snail they are and today she said "Aye - I think they'll eat the plants" so I'm not too convinced by her knowledge. If they eat them, then they eat them I guess - no harm trying.
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Old 05-19-2007, 06:20 PM   #26
 
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I went into 4 lfs's today looking for a clacium supplement. 2 of them didn't have any and one tried to sell me "snail away". Well anyway, the 4th said to used crushed coral or well cleaned chicken egg shells in the tank. I was pleased enough that he had a solution for me and bought a small bag of crushed coral, and so forgot to ask if either of these are harmful to fish. Any ideas?
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Old 05-19-2007, 08:46 PM   #27
 
Crushed coral is fine. You can add it to your filter and replace when it dissolves. It won't hurt your fish. Don't ever use egg shells. They cloud the tank and foul your water quickly. I use Caltrate supplements and throw one in the tank every few days. The snails will sometimes eat it otherwise it dissolves away. Don't forget high calcium veges. Many people also use Kent's Marine Calcium. Add half the dose.
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Old 05-19-2007, 09:38 PM   #28
 
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Crushed coral is fine. You can add it to your filter and replace when it dissolves. It won't hurt your fish. Don't ever use egg shells. They cloud the tank and foul your water quickly. I use Caltrate supplements and throw one in the tank every few days. The snails will sometimes eat it otherwise it dissolves away. Don't forget high calcium veges. Many people also use Kent's Marine Calcium. Add half the dose.
Thanks a lot. For veg I was going to use some spinich and Kale as well as romaine lettuce.

Will they also eat courgette?
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Old 05-19-2007, 10:09 PM   #29
 
I'm in the USA and I have no idea what courgette is. If it's a dark leafy green it would be great to feed them.
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I'm in the USA and I have no idea what courgette is. If it's a dark leafy green it would be great to feed them.
A courgette is like a cucumber but with a darker skin and it's less watery and mushy inside. I think you might call it a zukini? Sorry
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