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Old 03-31-2009, 09:37 PM   #1
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Sick Mystery Snail?

I just bought 4 Mystery Snails a few weeks ago (I know they'll most likely multiply like mad). One of the has already died and I think another is on it's way out. It comes almost completely out of it's shell (or so it appears) and then it kind of topples over on it's side. If I tap the glass or shake the tank it'll slowly suck itself back in. These are my first snails so I don't know if this is normal behavior, though I'm assuming it's not since this would clearly make them more vulnerable to predators. Is there anything I can do?

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Old 04-01-2009, 11:27 AM   #2
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Apple snails can come out of the shell quite a bit, but what you are describing may be mantle collapse ... that unfortunately is not treatable.

pick up the snail & look at the opening (might have to do that before the trapdoor closes completely.) There should be no space between the body (mantle) & the shell. If there is a big gap, that is mantle collapse. I would remove the snail in case it is contagious.

Go to applesnail.net for more info.

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Old 04-01-2009, 11:59 AM   #3
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sorry to hear about the snail loss I love mine even more than some of my fish
Disaster struck!!! must rebuild
Starting with 30 Gallon tank

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ick, mystery snail, sick, snail

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