floating apple snail
today i woke up and found my apple snail, cover closed floating in my aquarium.
i will get the ph values later toniight when i have time to test.
Tankmates : few neon and cardinal tetras, 1 firebellied newt, 1 baby terrapin (Just taking care of it temporarily) and 1 more apple snail (active)
tank size : 15 gallons
feed twice a day.
heard that they may float to funnel food, but wouldnt they float the other way around? :o
Tetras are usually a good indicator of water quality or lack thereof. If they are doing well then i would ask what foods are you feeding the snail or snails.? I believe some snails upon dying can release toxins that are harmful . Even more so than say, fish dying. :(
While tetras can be a good indicator of water quality, many are very hardy and can tolerate more abuse than many realize. Snails are a far better indicator of water condidtions. The fact that they are inverts has much to do with this.
We have all heard of how researchers monitor and study deformities in frogs due to pollution and bad water canditions. This just reinforces the fact that inverts are barometers of water conditions, snails included.
A dead snail, or any dead creature in the aquarium, decays and promotes the accumulation of ammonia. Snails and other inverts, decay very rapidly. The rise in ammonia is swift. No toxins or poisons are secreted. The build up of ammonia is a deadly situation and must be dealt with immediately. This is done by removing the carcass and performing water changes.
It is normal for snails to float. If you are concerned that he is dead, pick it up and take a sniff. Your nose will let you know if it is dead and decaying.
I would suggest that those interested perform google search on..."what toxins are found in freshwater snails". opinions on this subject vary.
okay the snail was fine, by the next few hours it was down at the bottom and dooing its stuff again :)
Both floating at the water's surface and sitting immobile at the bottom of the tank can be normal behavior for apple snails as long as their are no water quality issues and it does not last for an excessive amount of time.
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