what to do for snail with float issues?
Just need a bit of advice. I came home this evening and found that one of my Mystery Snails got himself in a fix today. He had managed to get under the plastic needlepoint canvas I have across the back of the tank covering the openings and popped up the cover to the water filter and got himself stuck. He was still wet when I found him as some of the return water was hitting him and I had to remove him from his spot by pulling him up and out. I have no Idea how long he was out of the tank.
I don't believe I injured him. I put him back into the tank but he can't submerge and doesn't pull back into his shell even when touched. I think he is dying and has been swirling around in the current about 2 hours now. He is sticking out of his shell and has only retracted about a quarter of an inch. I touched the end of his feelers and he hardly responds at all. I think he has damaged his air pocket.
Is there anything I can try to do for him? If he needs to be euthanized, do you euthanize a snail the same as a fish or would it be better just to let nature take it's course?
Any suggestions would greatly be appreciated.
snail with float issues
Okaaaay, never mind for the time being.. I checked on him again and he has gotten himself under control. It has been about 4 and half hours since I first found him and he seems to be okay, I guess I just needed to stop checking on him.. Who knows maybe he was in shock. He's stuck on the side of the tank just sitting there. I 'll check him agin in the morning. Hopefully he will still be alive in the morning as I have never seen this particular snail sit still.[/code]
well i hope he gets better :D
My mystery snails, painted snails, and apple snails go "floating" quite frequently. I love it when they go "snorkeling". lol
I have seen them float before but was very worried since he was stuck outside of the tank for who knows how long, I had been gone all day. He has stayed on the same side of the tank I put him in on last night and doesn't go more than the width in distance. The jury is still out. I haven't seen him eat today(the algae wafer is still there) and hardly moves at all, so I guess we just let nature take its course at this point and let him decide what he is going to do. thanks for for the well wishes.
You have to be really careful when you 'pull' the snail off. I don't see why he wouldn't make it, but if you think he is really suffering I believe the way to kill the snail is putting it on the ground and smashing it with a rock... A big one... But thats mean, I love my snail to much to do that :) But I really think he'll be fine. Just keep an eye open. Good luck!
He's doing better today. Still not getting around like norma,l but I have seen him in many different places and I think he will be okay. Thanks
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