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Salix 03-04-2011 03:46 PM

something wrong with zebra nerite snail
I think there's something wrong with my zebra nerite snail. I've had him since November, maybe September and he's been acting very strange over the last two weeks. It's like he can't stick to the glass anymore and he keeps falling off and landing on his shell. It isn't cracked or anything but he can't flip himself back over and he gets stuck. I use the end of my fish net to gently turn him over and then instantly starts crawling away. What could possibly be wrong with him?

I have a suspicion that he simply isn't getting enough to eat. He used to have lots of algae to eat and he was very good about cleaning it off the glass. I say 'used to' because the algae hasn't been returning in the same amount so he hasn't had as much to feast on. I've tried adding spinach to the tank and broccoli but he hasn't touched any of it. I have no idea what I should do. I'm seriously thinking about giving him to my local pet store because they might know how to get him to eat.

Lupin 03-04-2011 07:09 PM

Where do you live, Salix? If your area has lots of sunshine there, then start collecting some clean white smooth rocks, grab a bucket of water, dunk them in. Drop water and a pinch of fish food, connect aerator into the bucket and expose it to sunlight. In a few days, you should be able to grow enough algae for the nerite to eat. Doesn't matter if it's a mix of red, green and brown algae. Alternately use the algae-coated rocks. If you have other fish and snails in there, the nerite will have to be placed in the breeder trap and feed him there.

Salix 03-04-2011 07:26 PM

That sounds like an awesome idea, thank you so much. I live in Norther California, and we haven't been getting much sunshine lately because of all the rain and whatnot, but I'll give it a try. A bigger problem I'm going to have is getting the people I live with to leave the bucket alone. There's a good chance the water will just be dumped but I'll give it a try. I could also relocate him to my 10 gallon quarantine tank. Over the last few days it's been getting more algae of the brown algae on the glass and gravel whereas in the tank he's in now it's been growing more on the plants and I can't seem to make it stop. I think I'm going to have to toss the ones I have now and buy some more because all of the leaves are dying.

Lupin 03-04-2011 07:39 PM

Maybe get some light tubes or metal halide. It can work though what a waste of electricity over algae culture.:lol:

If your QT doesn't have any fish and meds, toss him there.

Salix 03-04-2011 07:50 PM

Well, primarily it's used as a quarantine tank but at the moment it's being used as a nursery tank. One of my mollies had some fry and I was able to save one before it was eaten like the others.

Lupin 03-04-2011 07:53 PM

Cool! Toss it there! I'd still grow algae just in case though. The nerite is getting malnourished. That'd explain the weakness.

Salix 03-05-2011 08:17 PM

Ok, so here's a little update. I just moved my snail into the quarantine/nursery tank. I was waiting until he was off the glass in the betta tank before I tried to move him. I'm always afraid I'm going to apply too much pressure when picking him up and accidentally crush his shell. On that note, what is the texture of their shells supposed to feel like? When I moved him it felt kind of soft but I could feel a harder layer underneath the softness. Is that supposed to happen or is he not getting enough calcium?

Lupin 03-05-2011 08:32 PM

It should feel hard. Do you have pH, KH and GH readings?

Salix 03-05-2011 08:35 PM

I only have pH, which is 7.6 like always. I haven't been able to find any of the other tests in the stores around here and I don't have a credit card so I can't order online.

Lupin 03-07-2011 04:42 AM

Your pH is fine. You can always supplement calcium pills like Caltrate to help its shell.

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