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Old 08-03-2004, 05:11 PM   #31
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That's a good article on acclimation from the articles section


There is another one from liveaquaria.com

the only way i can usually tell if a snail is dead is when theres a crowd of hermit crabs eating it, so i cant be of much help there....if you pick him up you should be able to tell if he is actually on the rock or a dead shell just sitting there

how many snails did you get, just the one, and what type (forgive me if you already mentioned it but i dont remember and am too lazy to read the 3 pages again)

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Old 08-03-2004, 05:37 PM   #32
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for next time, could you tell me what the appropriate way to acclimate them would be? Is it ok to acclimate a fish the way I did?
Inverts should be >>drip acclimated<< for several hours. The more sensitive the longer the acclimation time. For fish what you did was fine but be sure the bag is floated for 15-20 min before opening the bag which will allow the pH to come up and stabalize a bit.

also one more question. How can you tell if a snail is dead. (just in case)
Depending on the snail it will be quite appearant. If you cannot tell visually, pick up the snail and smell. You won't mistake the smell of a dead snail.

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Old 08-03-2004, 06:00 PM   #33
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i have only 1 turbo snail since my tank is only 20 gallons but he seems to be doing better now. I'm having more problems figuring out what kinds of hitch hikers i recieved from my new live rock today.
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Old 08-03-2004, 07:34 PM   #34
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I know zilch about SW snails but I know that FW snails have a habit of looking "dead" for up to a week at a time . . . I had a snail that just floated for a week, his little foot not quite pulled in. I kept waiting for something to happen, either for him to start decomposing or moving or something, and then just when I was sure he was dead the next morning he's crawling around like nothing happened. Beats me. Mostly, I know they're dead because one morning there's an empty shell. (I don't know what happens to the tissue, and I'm not going to ask. But my GF don't each much the next day . . . )

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