Today I bought a Zebra Nerite Snail for my 20 gallon. After acclimating him, I put him in the tank and he didn't come out of his shell for about five minutes. When I started to see some signs of movement, I put in an algae wafer and he ate some of it. Then, he climbed the walls of the tank, going about halfway up, than back again, for about 20 minutes.
Later, however, I came back to check on him and he was on the aquarium glass, about an inch above the waterline of the tank.
These very very tiny clear bubble-like things seemed to be discharging from the snail, but I don't think they are eggs as I read that Nerite Snails don't lay eggs in clusters. Also, after looking up pictures of Zebra Nerite eggs I can tell that these tiny bubble-like clusters look nothing like the eggs in the pictures.
So, I then thought, if it's not egg laying, then what is the reason for this behavior? I then read that it could be due to stress from poor water quality, so I tested my parameters. Ammonia: 0, Nitrite: 0, Nitrate 10 or 20 (The two colors on the chart are very
I now know that it's not from egg laying, OR poor water quality, so what gives?
He's been there for a few hours now and I'm worried of him (or her) drying out! So, just incase, I've been squirting a little bit of water on the snail (with a syringe I had nearby) every so often to keep it moist. I don't want this behavior to continue, as again, I'm worried about the snail drying out.
Thanks for the input!