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Old 10-18-2004, 07:26 PM   #1
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Dead Snail Advice ?????

Let me just start off by saying my snails seem to be pretty lethargic.... I mean even for snails..... but I'm worried becuase I found a nitrate spike in my water and eventually discovered a dead snail..... can anyone give me any advice on identifying dead or dying snails????? I don't wanna kill 'em but I don't want them risking the rest of my tank either..... the majority of my snails are golf ball size and I don't want to risk that much waste if 'ya know what I'm sayin.... any help would be appreciated....
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Old 10-18-2004, 07:38 PM   #2
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Smell it.
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Old 10-18-2004, 07:43 PM   #3
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What just pull the snail out and smell it ??
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Old 10-18-2004, 08:13 PM   #4
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If it has no suction or has pulled up into its shell it is most likely dead or dying. You could move into a QT for further observation. I have seen this behavior before during acclimation but never after that.
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First....a few questions. What kind of snail is it. What is the temp on the tank. Some snails (turbo's specifically) are very temp sensitive even after acclimation.

And the "smell it" suggestion is the easiest way to tell if its dead...there wont be any question.
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Old 10-18-2004, 10:15 PM   #6
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Some of the snails are "redfoots" and the others I believe are turbo.... crusty outer shells with coraline on some of them...... the one in question right now is a red foot...... the temp is about 75.......
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Yup, give 'em a sniff. You'll know.

If you have hermit crabs, they'll know also. Usually, they'll devour a dead snail before it has time to rot.
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I had purchased 4 large turbos and 4 small ones. Within a month all the large are dead and I think Im down the 2 smalls, if not just one. Found one large one laying around. He was dead. You pull him out of the tank and take him to the sink, give him a little shake, you smell that? You'll never wanna smell it again..if you can keep your dinner down. Not sure what happened to them...mystery.
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And yet in france, they're a delicacy They'll also appear "loose" with their trapdoors just dangling about.
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