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Old 04-26-2007, 04:46 PM   #11
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Well no eggs and have lost 3 mystery snails since I got them. I don't know what is wrong. No signs of parasites, the water parameters are perfect they just die. Well 2 of them just died, the other one got it's foot caught in the intake of the HOB and died there. Maybe they are just old but I have no clue. They have Crushed coral, GH is 10-12, KH is 7-8 and i have been feeding them alage wafers and Romaine Lettuce.

The ones that died did have really bad shell deformities. The first one had what I would call a waffle shape to the shell where the door is supposed to close. The other one had really bad shell loss along the same side of the shell as the spiral. Maybe I should pick better specimens but my LFS doesn't have the best selection and snails are not their thing.

The pond ramshorns are doing great though, recovering nicely and laying eggs again.

I am thinking I need to find someone here to send me some young ones so I have a better chance at having them survive. Either that or go back to Colombian Ramshorns which bred like crazy and I never had a problem with.
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Old 04-26-2007, 05:06 PM   #12
Hmmm. Sounds like you're doing everything right. If they were old, I would expect them to be full grown.

I typically remove my clutches but am expecting more soon. Of course, then they need to hatch and grow a bit before they could be sent.

Stupid question, but are you sure they were dead? In a new environment they may be very inactive. A quick whiff will tell for sure, without any doubt whatsoever.
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Old 04-26-2007, 05:56 PM   #13
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Well one was for sure, the wiff gave it away. The other two wouldn't close their shell and didn't move when touched. I haven't "disposed" of them yet but they have not closed their shells so I think they are gonners.

I don't know if they are full grown or not. They were close to a really large marble size but not golfball sized yet.
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Old 04-26-2007, 09:12 PM   #14
I would try taking them out of the water for a breather for about 15 minutes and see if that makes a difference. I'm going to send you some info too.
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Old 04-27-2007, 12:07 AM   #15
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After checking them I am sure they are dead. It really sucks because I want to breed them so bad but have not found them in the best of shape. Lessons learned. I will check the snail thoroughly before buying them and make sure the shells are not eroded so bad that they won't last long.

Hopefully when I talk to my LFS they will start to inspect them and not accept snails in such bad shape from their supplier. Maybe I can get them to breed well enough to supply my LFS with healthy happy snails so others will be able to enjoy them and not have them die in short order.

I have started a new thread with pictures to show what to look for when buying them. If anyone has more pictures please post them in the Mystery snail erosion topic or get them to a moderator so they can be added.
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