swelled apple snails?
I have two apple snails in a tank that contains 1 betta fish, 3 neon tetra,6 ghost shrimp, and an unknown number of pond snails. It is treated with Stresscoat and Seachem Flourish Comprehensive. Neither snail is able to fully retract into their shell. I don't know what the problem is unless it is the Flourish or possibly some residual epsom salt from a treatment the betta had a few days ago. What could it be and what do I need to do for them?
Epsom salt is not an issue. I dunno what flourish has. Do you have shots of them trying to retract themselves? They do retract themselves partially which is perfectly normal. Are they eating at all?
I don't have shots but I can try. I tried what they said to do on applesnail.net for ammonia poisoning which I know it isn't and Tonks(blue) is back to normal. Loki the yellow who is much bigger literally doesn't fit in his/her shell. They're eating fine. Loki actually eats like there's no tomorrow and I hadn't noticed until i pulled it out yesterday to show someone else how much its shell had grown. Applesnail.net said in a few places that Comprehensive was snail safe so I don't think that is the problem. Neither snail ever retracts much at all during the course of a normal day. They're in a smaller container treated only with stresscoat as a conditioner to see if that helps though. If it's something in the water why aren't the tiny barely visible pond snails affected too?
Just read something that says it could be too much protein in their diet making them pudgy. Is my snail stealing too much of the neons food too perhaps?
It's possible. Either way, there is no need to worry about it. It's that thing called "hamburger face". They do it all the time.
I'm paranoid at the moment due to an accident with the betta....
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