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Old 05-11-2010, 09:00 PM   #11
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Old 05-12-2010, 12:56 PM   #12
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If you suspect a lesion is infected I would strongly recommend against using super glue on it. The main ingredient in the glue available OTC is cyanoacrylate which breaks down into cyanoacetate and formaldehyde, both of which are toxic and can lead to nasty inflammatory reactions (plus the glue REEKS!). I've heard that vets sometimes use a super glue called Vetbond which has longer alkyl chains, but I'm not sure how and when they would use it.

I think if you keep the lesion clean and dry and it shows no improvement (or worsens!) that you should take Herman to see a vet. It might not actually be infected, but it certainly won't hurt to treat it as if it is! Its always better to err on the side of caution, after all.

I've actually used marine epoxy (I first applied a membrane to an area that came in contact with the flesh) to repair damage a female apple snail of mine sustained during a fall onto the floor while attempting to lay eggs. Shes had the epoxy on now for the better part of 6 months and is still rocking around the tank just fine! I've entertained the idea of attaching the empty shells of other snails to her just to make her look badass! ha ha
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wow, everyone so much great advice since i have been away (finishing a 50 page paper, oh the joys of grad school). now that that is out of the way, i am going to get a soft toothbrush and a dry habitat for him to walk around in after he had had a treatment. i was wondering what you have found most effective. saline? i was told i could use the same stuff that you put in a tank for fish who have ich, but i am open to any and all suggestions. i would probably be too afraid to use super glue--i just don't like the idea of something toxic on him.

ally--you should get a slider!! they are so fun. i'm glad you watched the feeding video. more stuff that makes my friends like i am nuts but i have to tell you, when i feel him crawl up my hand grab that "worm ball" (bloodworms) it's so cool!
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Old 05-25-2010, 06:45 PM   #14
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hey hey!

How is little Herman doing thus far?

Any improvement?
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Old 05-26-2010, 12:45 AM   #15
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Thanks for asking about Herman, Ally! He went to the vet and it's not shell rot (yay!!)The vet (so nice and informative by the way, if anyone needs an exotic pet vet and they happen to live in the bay area (california) let me know!) says that Herman is having a little trouble shedding his scutes--they are ready to go but not quite falling off. if they don't fix themselves in a month, she'll want to do a soak or something. but that is a way better diagnosis than i was expecting. thanks for asking!!
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