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Guber 03-12-2009 07:34 PM

Snails
 
I just got some snails in the mail along with some live plants. Do i need to acclimate the snails to my tank? also, how can i tell if they're all alive?

Lupin 03-12-2009 11:07 PM

What species are these snails? Acclimate them like you do with your fish. As for telling them if they're alive, smell them. If they don't smell so bad, then they're still alive. If the snail fails to respond despite being pulled a little gently by the operculum to see if it is still alive, it may be dead.

Guber 03-12-2009 11:47 PM

I'm not sure exactly by they have spiral cone shaped shells.

Lupin 03-13-2009 01:53 AM

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Originally Posted by Guber (Post 179363)
I'm not sure exactly by they have spiral cone shaped shells.

Malaysian trumpet snails (Melania sp.). These are very hardy critters. They don't need to be acclimated.

Guber 03-22-2009 02:46 PM

So i noticed a tiny one on the glass last night, I'm going to assume someone had babies? I'd really rather them not gain an overly large population in my tank, what can i do to control this?

Lupin 03-25-2009 09:50 PM

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Originally Posted by Guber (Post 181441)
So i noticed a tiny one on the glass last night, I'm going to assume someone had babies? I'd really rather them not gain an overly large population in my tank, what can i do to control this?

They are asexual livebearers. You can simply get rid of the adults and cut on feeding.


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