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Old 06-12-2004, 12:38 AM   #1
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Will Snails Foul Up The Tank??

If you remember in an earlier thread, I ordered some snails from ebay. They came yesterday all 56 of them. I followed the acclimation procedure given in the instructions. It said when I place them in the tank, place then in the corner so that I will be able to tell if they have moved and are alive. I placed them in the main tank last night. Well tonight 24 hrs later, they have not moved at all, I dont think. Are they dead?

Will they foul the tank?

Shoul I remove them?

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Old 06-12-2004, 12:47 AM   #2
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Yes they will foul the tank. If none have moved you'd better keep a close eye on them and your water stats. Take some out and see if you can manipulate a response from them. If they are dead, by chance, they will quickly foul your water.
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Old 06-12-2004, 12:48 AM   #3
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I check my water it is fine right now. Should they have already moved??
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I would think at least some should have. IME, I have never had snails not move at all after acclimation. I usually acclimate snails by holding them against the glass at the water line, wait for them to attach, then let them acclimate themselves, dipping in and out of the water as they need. Some are shy and must be dripped acclimated, but most of the time they grab right on to the glass.
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It looks like some have moved a little. They are not moving much if they are.
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Keep a close eye on them, and water params. I've never ordered from ebay, but I have heard some horror stories....
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This guy has like over 250 feed backs. All but 4 were good. The 4 that were bad, had to deal with shipping, in which I think 3 were resolved. He said he will replace all if they die. I am really worried about not messing up my tank.
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Agree with MT79, you don't need a fouling tank. Maybe you should pick through them to see which ones may be dead.
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Old 06-12-2004, 01:01 AM   #9
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Thats the problem, I really dont know how to tell.
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Poke and prod them, if they react they go back in...if not odds are they are gone. If you have a qt you could put the "unsure" ones in there.
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