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Inga 09-18-2010 06:33 AM

The untimely death of a Mystery Snail
So on the list of strange occurrences since I began my fish owning adventure, I can add the strange death of a Mystery Snail. I am not sure if it was a purposeful suicide or exactly what happened but this morning, I found a dead Mystery Snail on the ground in front of the aquarium. The part that is strange is that the cover is on the tank so.... How did the Mystery Snail get onto the floor? It is truly a Mystery. Why would it leave the safety of the water in the first place and how in the world did it get to where ti was? How long can a snail live out of the water? Could I have hoped he/she was still alive? I wonder what went on in the tank to have this happen. I don't have a cat so I know that isn't the issue. I am so confused.:-?

Chicklet 09-18-2010 06:41 AM

Every now and again I wake up to a bunch of mine on the floor, Unless they get cracked in the fall then their fine, Just plop them back in the water, If their cracked then you will need to repair them if they haven't been left to the air to long, they should still live once repaired.. I have found some under my tank stand that I would say was there a good week, Just put them in the tank too, Watch them and within 20 mins their up and on the move. If they have not moved within several hours or so then you may want to think about tossing them out and disposing of them as they may have died.

It is usually a female applesnail that leaves the tank, in search of a place to lay her eggs,,
Leaving the tank water leavel low a few inches is helpful, however some still leave the tank if not tightly sealed up,

Inga 09-18-2010 03:42 PM

I didn't see a crack in her shell. I tossed her back into the water this morning before leaving for work. Now, she is still there so... RIP little Mystery Snail. :(

Inga 09-18-2010 05:22 PM

alright, I am having difficulty saying goodbye. I put her into a cup of water and then got busy with something. When I walked back in, she was on the other side of the cup, on the edge of the glass. I put her back in the tank again... she is still sitting in the plant. I also noticed eggs on the edge of the tank, near the surface. If it was her (and I suspect it was) that laid the eggs, I wonder why she still felt the need to leave the tank. Unless there is another female that laid the eggs and this one was looking for a different spot. It just makes me sad. I wonder what I could do for her. I hope she can still bounce back. I wonder what my vet would say if I showed up with her in a cup. I am guessing it wouldn't be good. Guess I will let nature take it's course. I just hate this part of nature. :(

Any idea how long it takes for the eggs to hatch? I fear my Gourami already is eyeing them up.

Chicklet 09-18-2010 05:36 PM

Applesnails can lay a clutch every day or two,
So she may very well have been on her way to lay another clutch.
My apples hatch in two weeks, Sometimes up to about 4 weeks depending on the conditions.

Inga 09-18-2010 08:24 PM

several hours later and she is still sitting there in the plant. :( I keep hoping but if she is there tomorrow morning, I will say good bye to her.

Just out of curiosity, if there wasn't enough space at the top of the tank above the water, and the snails couldn't get out, would they just lay them in the water or not lay them at all? I am wondering because my other tank has a few snails hanging near the top of the tank but there is less then an inch to the glass top. Probably not enough for a clutch of eggs the size of the one in my larger tank. Looking at it, I suspect that there are a hundred eggs. I sure as heck hope they don't all hatch. Wow! What the heck would I do with a hundred Mystery snails?

Chicklet 09-18-2010 09:12 PM

They will still lay them along the top as best they can,
Or If the underside to your cover is accessible to them they will lay on it,
yes upside down,

A single clutch can have hundreds of eggs, but the chances of all surviving is highly unlikely, unless you over feed and have alot going to the bottom..,

Also some fish pick at them, some even eat them..

If you don't want them hatching in your tank,
you can gently remove the clutch, place it in a bowl with a lid, sit the clutch on a moist paper towel and another moist towel on top, close the lid and check it everyday to make sure its just moist and not soppin wet.
heres a picture,

Inga 09-18-2010 09:26 PM

My Heavens! What do you do with all of those little snails. Are you a snail sales person?

I am definitely guilty of over feeding on occasion. I can't help myself. My fish are always telling me they are hungry. I am also always worried that some of the larger fish will harm/eat the smaller fish if not fed plenty. It is a vice I am working on.

Chicklet 09-18-2010 09:41 PM


My Heavens! What do you do with all of those little snails. Are you a snail sales person?
I have a hobbie, a rather large hobbie!
Which includes thousands of applesnails, among many others, :)

Inga 09-18-2010 10:02 PM

But... What do you do with them? I mean, don't they continue to breed and breed? Your house could be full in no time at all. Is there a way to pick the males from the females? That might help in my situation. I could re home the males or put the males in one tank the girls in the other.

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