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Old 11-23-2004, 11:16 PM   #1
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help! astreas out of the water. will they die?

OK I asked a similar question earlier, so sorry for my newbieness...

I took 6 gal out of my tank for my QT and I don' t have any water made to replace it.

consequently my waterline dropped and the 5 or so astrea that were at the waterline are still there, only now they're out of the water.

Should I pull them off and put them below the water? will they climb down? can they survive out of the water? it has been almost an hour now
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Old 11-23-2004, 11:23 PM   #2
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They should survive, but I would just gently pull them off the glass and put them in the water!

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Old 11-23-2004, 11:31 PM   #3
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should I pull straight away from the glass? they are really stuck on there!
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Old 11-23-2004, 11:36 PM   #4
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I have removed mine by kind of pushing them in then tilting the shell down. It seems to work. I wouldn't just pull them straight away. At least you know their alive and well if their holding on so well!
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Old 11-24-2004, 12:37 AM   #5
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Don't worry about, they'll find their way back to the water. Most snails come from tidal zones where they are exposed to air for several hours at a time, it won't hurt them.
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Old 11-24-2004, 12:38 AM   #6
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when these snails are close to shore the tides drop so they have adapted to being above water for a pretty good time. As long as they dont dry off. id say a good 2 hours and your still safe
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Old 11-24-2004, 12:49 AM   #7
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Ive had similar problems. My black turbos always seem to climb up the glass untill the are almost out of the water. Is this behavior usual?
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Old 11-24-2004, 01:39 AM   #8
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Pretty common I think. My astrea snails hide along the top rim where it is dark all day with the lights on and minutes after the lights go out, they ALL start to come down and explore the tank leaving trails all night long in the sand/algae.

Normal as I've seen anyway... :P
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