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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-31-2011, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
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Snails aren't doing much...

I bought a snail to put in with my betta in 5gal, filtered/heated.

The snail moved a lot on day #1, up the glass, everywhere. It has barely moved in 3 days since. I dont think it's dead, there is no smell, and when I picked it up it sealed shut.

Do these things sleep a lot? They were a lot more fun on day #1 than they are now.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-31-2011, 09:04 PM
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Maybe he's just tired from all the first day's activity and acclimating to his new enviroment?

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What kind of snail is it?

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Some snails are very sensitive to water conditions. Most are also very sensitive to certain medicines and/or coppers. Too warm of water will also make them suggish, and so can water that does not have the correct ph/alk...

What kind is it?
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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-01-2011, 01:31 PM
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Maybe it is hungry. My snail hid in his shell a lot when I first got him. Try blanching some romaine lettuce or cucumber and setting it next to it or you can try an algae pellet.

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I'm with Littlebitty. Are you feeding it? Some people don't realize that they need a supplement if there isn't a constant supply of dead plant matter or algae in the tank.

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I have algae in my tank and my snail refuses to eat it. He loves romaine lettuce ..carrots..and collard greens though.

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Well, if I had the choice I'd pick those over algae too. :P

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I have a good supply of diatoms... So you're saying feed him some greens?
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Yes, blanch some lettuce (put some lettuce in a bowl and pour boiling water over it, let sit for about a minute), and put the lettuce in the tank in an area where he can find it easily. Kale and spinach are best because they have high amounts of calcium, which is crucial to the health of the snail's shell.

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