I have a snail that is having a problem.
When I first got him, he would move all over the tank, like normal. All of a sudden, probably a couple weeks ago, he started staying in one spot, sealed in his shell. I would put an algae wafer near him and he would attempt to "open up" and eat it.
Since fish and other snails were bothering him, when he was trying to eat, I bought a "breeder" to keep him separate from everyone else.
He still stays sealed in his shell most of the time, and when he does start to "open up", there is always a "cloud" of white puss-looking slime coming out of his shell.
When I got home from work today, I noticed that his shell was partially open, so I put an algae wafer near him. Since he seems to be unable to move or position himself very well, I leaned the wafer right up against his mouth, and he started eating it. Then he tried to completely open his shell and extend his foot, but his foot stays folded together (this seems to be the overall problem, or at least part of it.) Anyway, he ended up falling over sideways, and is continuing to attempt to open his foot, but it seems to be stuck. I keep pushing the food up to his mouth and he continues to eat it.
I am attaching some pictures, so hopefully someone can help me! I am aware that his shell looks horrible, but I have three other snails that don't have this problem. (My pH is about 7.6)
I am also interested in how to administer calcium to them. One person told me to give them calcium pills. They would start to eat them, but as soon as they got through the coating and to the calcium, they ran away!
Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated!