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Old 01-24-2005, 05:10 PM   #1
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Shrimp being eaten by snail.

I posted earlier that my peppermint shrimp had died, and that I had no Idea what my snails are going to eat now that they cleaned up my entire QT. Both of these questions have been answered in one fell swoop. My snails ate my shrimp, I wouldn't believe it either If I had not seen it with my own eyes. I just got a new cleaner shrimp and when I looked into the tank I saw this...
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Old 01-24-2005, 05:18 PM   #2
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Wow, is he really eating it, or just climbing on it? also what kind of snails?
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Old 01-24-2005, 05:27 PM   #3
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Oh he is eating it. The radula is inside the shrimp, sucking out all the juices 8O .
They are mexican turbo snails, I never heard about them doing anything like this.
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very strange to say the least...
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Old 01-24-2005, 08:10 PM   #5
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Sounds like an execution is in order. Lets see. LOL
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Old 01-25-2005, 12:31 AM   #6
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Sure, execute the *mexican* snail, its always the mexican snails fault! ... ; )
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I would bet the shrimp died of something else and the snail is just doing the job you hired him for ..cleaning up.
There is no way a snail would catch a healthy shrimp....no way. What are the water parameter, including nitrate?
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Thats one hungry turbo, never seen anything like it!
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bet the shrimp died of something else and the snail is just doing the job you hired him for ..cleaning up.
I have to agree, think about it how could a snail(turbo) ambush a shrimp
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Old 01-25-2005, 10:59 PM   #11
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I doubt the snails killed the shrimp. Snails aren't that fast.
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When I took the picture the shrimp was still alive. Needless to say, he no longer is.
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Well now you know you cant have anything in the tank with the snail,lol
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I've seen new shrimp not acclimate well and become almost comatose. Alive, but not moving at all. I gotta believe that the snail got him that way. Otherwise, i'd have to believe snails have an extra few gears they don't show humans, and your stupid snail let the cat out of the bag for all the snails in the world!

Shrimp move really fast. Too bad you couldn't have gotten a little video clip of dinner time, sped it up on the replay, and showed it that way. Snail moving in those extra gears choping down. Shrimp still alive at first. That would've been a hoot.
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Sounds right, I acclimated for three hours, but the water was much warmer than the water in the store, and although he ate when I put food in there he was virtually comatose. That would also explain what happened to my other shrimp when the temperature suddenly changed.

Lesson of the day, make sure your heaters are working, and try to match temperature well.
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are you sure
maybee it was a molt
the first time mine molted i thought it died
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I acclimated for three hours, but the water was much warmer than the water in the store, and although he ate when I put food in there he was virtually comatose. That would also explain what happened to my other shrimp when the temperature suddenly changed.
What kind of acclimation? Floating the bag in your tank to even out temp. then drip acclimating new livestock, especially invertebrates, is the best method. Temp. should be the least of your worries...ph, sg, ca/alk, etc.
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