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corissa 02-27-2012 02:24 PM

Snail in hiding
I have a Golden mystery snail that is closed up in her shell and mot moving around. I read somewhere that it may be that the water was too cold and it was. I increased the temp a few degrees into the normal zone on my thermometer and she started crawling merrily around the tank again. that lasted for a few days and then she went back into her shell again. She is not dead as I felt good resistance to the door when I tried to lift it with my nail. I did not use much force as I didn't want to damage her. She came out for little bit yesterday but soon went back in her shell. Her foot didn't seem to be open like usual and looked sort of pinched. Any ideas what could be going on with her? Should she have a companion? She did have a mate but he died several weeks ago. Could she be in mourning? Sounds silly to say that but maybe it could have something to do with her behavior.

Silverfang 02-27-2012 03:14 PM

I believe they do this as a survival mechanism as well. I wish I could help you more, but I'm no expert on snails. Lupin has been a great help with my injured snail.

Lupin 02-28-2012 03:47 AM

What's the temp right now? Water parameters? Tank size? Fish? Filtration? Foods?

No, dont add a partner. This is not addressing the.problem. Males tend to aggravate the issue with stressed female snails by constantly copulating them even by force.

corissa 02-28-2012 10:15 AM

Hi! Thanks for such a quick reply. The temp in my tank is about 75 dgrees and it is a 29 gallon size. The tank mates are Mollies, 2 small plecos, a couple of ghost shrimp and of course my golden girl. I don't feed anything other than what I feed my fish. I have had tanks in the past but this is the first snail I ever had so I don't know much about them. She had laid a nice cluster of eggs about a month ago but they never hatched. I got the snails and shrimp at the same time about 2-3 months ago. The Plecos are newer additions. I have not taken any tests on the water but have done a major tank change about 2 weekends ago. I have problems with algea but don't want to use anything to kill it and take that food source away from the plecos and shrimp. Oh, I have never had shrimp before either so not sure if I am taking proper care of them either. They seem to be thriving and growing tho... :o) I read in another post on here about calcium tablets or a cuttle bone? Suggestions?

Lupin 02-29-2012 05:22 AM

Which pleco.species do you have? Are the mollies.picking on your snails? They should still be fed directly with foods. Veggies such as kale and collards are high in these will work. I raised the snails just by themselves. Diffusas seem to have trouble competing for foods to me unlike the much more aggressive canaliculatas.

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