12-14-2007, 10:03 PM
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what to do for snail with float issues?
Just need a bit of advice. I came home this evening and found that one of my Mystery Snails got himself in a fix today. He had managed to get under the plastic needlepoint canvas I have across the back of the tank covering the openings and popped up the cover to the water filter and got himself stuck. He was still wet when I found him as some of the return water was hitting him and I had to remove him from his spot by pulling him up and out. I have no Idea how long he was out of the tank.
I don't believe I injured him. I put him back into the tank but he can't submerge and doesn't pull back into his shell even when touched. I think he is dying and has been swirling around in the current about 2 hours now. He is sticking out of his shell and has only retracted about a quarter of an inch. I touched the end of his feelers and he hardly responds at all. I think he has damaged his air pocket.
Is there anything I can try to do for him? If he needs to be euthanized, do you euthanize a snail the same as a fish or would it be better just to let nature take it's course?
Any suggestions would greatly be appreciated.