My nerite snail has been out of the water for four days - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
 2Likes
  • 1 Post By Chesh
  • 1 Post By Austin
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 8 Old 03-11-2014, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
My nerite snail has been out of the water for four days

My new nerite (Madam Bovary) is in a 5.5 gallon cycled tank with my betta. I've had her for about a week. She spent the first three days in my 2g shrimp tank--very active, cleaned up all the algae--and then I dripped acclimated her to what I want to be her permanent home, the 5.5 g. She hasn't moved since.

Since she was transferred, she slithered up to the one inch space between the water line and the tank lid and has been there since--not moved an inch. 4 days seems long to be out of the water.

My betta ignores her utterly. My parameters are ammonia 0, nitrite zero, nitrate around 2ppm, pH around 7-7.2. Temp 82. Is my temp too hot? pH too hard? There is a wee bit of algae to clean but not much. I plan to feed her wafers to supplement.

What to do? Push her below the water line? Leave her be? I'd put her back in the shrimp tank but she messed with the parameters which I think is messing up my crystal red shrimp.
anothernewbetta is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 Old 03-12-2014, 11:41 AM
TFK Moderator
 
SeaHorse's Avatar
 
My gut reaction is YES get her back in the water! But I did a Google search and they seem to be known for that. I'm hoping someone else with experience with Nerites specifically will post here for you! Snails DO tend to sleep at times for long periods too.

Every kid, regardless of what they are going through, is ONE caring adult away from being a success story. ~ Josh Shipp, Teen Behavior Expert
SeaHorse is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to SeaHorse For This Useful Post:
anothernewbetta (03-13-2014)
post #3 of 8 Old 03-13-2014, 08:33 AM Thread Starter
Quote:
Originally Posted by SeaHorse View Post
My gut reaction is YES get her back in the water! But I did a Google search and they seem to be known for that. I'm hoping someone else with experience with Nerites specifically will post here for you! Snails DO tend to sleep at times for long periods too.
Thanks for the response! She actually crawled just below the water line after I posted.

She's still at the very top of the tank though and there's no food for her in the tank. I can't think how to feed her if she never goes down to the bottom to collect her wafer.

Anybody have an idea of why she doesn't like the tank? The only thing I can think of is the high temp.
anothernewbetta is offline  
post #4 of 8 Old 03-13-2014, 09:00 AM
Member
 
Chesh's Avatar
 
Hey ANB! As Seahorse said, it's very common for Nerites to escape from the water, and their tanks.
They're 'tidal' snails, and my understanding is that they can actually live outside of the water, provided they're in a moist environment.
From what I've read, 79 is at the high end of their comfort range in temperature - so you may want to turn the heater back a bit if you can.
I *think* the ideal for them is around 71-79, so 82 is a bit warm. . . your Betta would be okay with a lower temp, too. Just be sure you dial it back slowly.
I believe your pH is within their range, which is somewhere around 6.5-8, if I'm remembering correctly.
Some say that they won't try to 'escape' if they're happy in a tank, but I'm not sure this is true. . .
SeaHorse likes this.

Last edited by Chesh; 03-13-2014 at 09:06 AM.
Chesh is offline  
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Chesh For This Useful Post:
anothernewbetta (03-13-2014), Burdy123 (04-03-2014)
post #5 of 8 Old 03-13-2014, 09:16 AM
Member
 
Austin's Avatar
 
I didn't realize above 79 was warm for nerites... I've been keeping mine at 80. Think they're okay. They've been (trying to breed) like crazy... Annoying eggs all over my driftwood! Mine often also stay at the top like they are trying to get out of the water. But the tank is so full they can only get about half way out. Maybe that's why... But they're fine. I did have one escape onto my carpet once...
Chesh likes this.

"He situates himself in relation to time. He takes his place in it. He admits that he stands at a certain point on a curve that he acknowledges having to travel to its end. He belongs to time, and by the horror that seizes him, he recognizes his worst enemy. Tomorrow, he was longing for tomorrow, whereas everything in him ought to reject it."
Austin is offline  
post #6 of 8 Old 03-13-2014, 09:22 AM Thread Starter
Thanks! My heater is actually set to 74 in the hopes that I can cool the tank to around 78 but the house is hot and the tank goes to 80-82.

Anybody know of a way to cool the water besides floating ice which seems like a lot of upkeep.

Also to feed her, just drop in food and hope she eventually travels down for it?
anothernewbetta is offline  
post #7 of 8 Old 03-13-2014, 11:46 AM
TFK Moderator
 
SeaHorse's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by anothernewbetta View Post
Thanks! My heater is actually set to 74 in the hopes that I can cool the tank to around 78 but the house is hot and the tank goes to 80-82.

Anybody know of a way to cool the water besides floating ice which seems like a lot of upkeep.

Also to feed her, just drop in food and hope she eventually travels down for it?
I wish I had that trouble!! We got another stupid load of snow yesterday... and it was -13C when I got up. So I shoot for 72 in the house if I can!! LOL

Every kid, regardless of what they are going through, is ONE caring adult away from being a success story. ~ Josh Shipp, Teen Behavior Expert
SeaHorse is offline  
post #8 of 8 Old 03-13-2014, 12:30 PM
Member
 
Chesh's Avatar
 
I've never had the problem of trying to cool a smaller tank, either. Hopefully someone who has will pop in to offer suggestions, or you could start another thread? The only thing I can think of off-hand is perhaps keeping the lights off, if you have them?

Yeah, just drop it in - the snail should find them. . . if you have any living algae in your tank, the snail will likely go for that first, from what I've seen in my tanks.
Chesh is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to Chesh For This Useful Post:
anothernewbetta (03-19-2014)
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Olive Nerite Snail above water line? Akeath Invertebrates 3 04-07-2012 09:31 PM
Golden Apple Snail tankmate with Zebra Nerite Snail? HMlairy Invertebrates 3 04-07-2011 08:14 AM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome