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La Reina 04-06-2010 11:30 AM

Worried-> Inactive Apple Snail
I've had my golden mystery snail (or Apple Snail) since November, and he has always been really active. For the past couple days he hasn't moved all night. "Snuggie" is quite a large snail, about 1.5 " across. Is this the end of old Snuggie? Is there anything I can do for him?

(FYI, ph is 8.0, no other readings.)

Mecal 04-06-2010 11:43 AM

I had a mystery snail that I had for only 3 months and it died.
it was about the size you mentioned.

Poke him and see if he retracts into his shell, if he does, he's alive! If not, he may be dead.

LisaC144 04-06-2010 01:29 PM

Mystery snails don't have the greatest life span, thank goodness their cheap! You can touch him to see if he moves. This might sound unappetizing, but if you take him out of the tank if they are dead they tend to have a fishy smell to them. That is a sure fire way to tell if he is dead.

La Reina 04-06-2010 02:54 PM

I poked him last night and he retracted, I haven't yet today. He's just lying there with his trap door slightly open. I'll check him again tonight. In the meantime, I bought a new little snail to be his replacement.

AaronCombs 04-06-2010 06:11 PM

lol already have the replacements ready... tis ashame...

I have a tank that had no fish in it, only live plants, that had a snail explosion... they are my replacements for the main tank... hehe... well also snacks for other fish...

Lupin 04-12-2010 11:31 PM

What is the temperature of your tank? The warmer the water, the faster they can age. If I were you, I'd keep it steady to at least 74 degrees Fahrenheit. 1.5" is still young to me unless the snail is already stunted. Most pet chain stores have substandard maintenance that usually the snails you get from them, are bound to weaken eventually. Your best source would be your local breeders.

La Reina 04-13-2010 07:49 AM

My tank is at 79 deg F, and he was a petstore snail to begin with. As soon as he got to my tank, he put on at least 3/4" of shell. He did pass away.

herbwin 04-13-2010 09:15 AM

Sorry to hear about your loss :(

I like snails
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Lupin 04-13-2010 07:39 PM

That's too warm for apple snails. Sorry to hear that.

La Reina 04-13-2010 09:32 PM

Aw, thanks.

The temperature doesn't *seem* to bother them, my current snail and my last one two were very active and din't appear stressed. I'll definately keep the temperature in mind for future set ups.

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