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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 08-11-2011, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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Disease potential for rescued snail

So... I was at walmart yesterday DISGUSTED by the condition the bettas were kept in.... The worker was attending someone else's needs and I asked how much the snails cost.... he gave me one free...

It had some furry looking black stuff growing off its shell... and it came from a horrid looking tank with a bunch of floating fish.

I havent put it in with my bettas... because I would hate to contaminate the sorority tank with the snail.

I got the little snail some old water, with some fish poo in it... and sprinkled a few flakes so they could spoil.

IS there anything the snail could spread disease wise.... and does it need any special care? I have no idea what kind it is, but its smaller than half a dime. No pictures at this time, but I'll have some soon.
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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old 08-11-2011, 08:55 PM
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I would put in som AQ salt just in case, I dont think that snaols can pass diseases to fish... but Im not 100% sure and ich is a worry...

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NO NO. do not put AQ salt in. Sorry, but snails need a slow increase of salt in the water column. I'm assuming the snail is an apple/mystery snail? If this is the case:

http://www.applesnail.net/

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post #4 of 33 (permalink) Old 08-11-2011, 10:27 PM
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oops, sorry, listen to Neil.... I dont really know anything about snails... I heard of someone else using AQ salt for a snail but...

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post #5 of 33 (permalink) Old 08-11-2011, 10:38 PM
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you can do salt with nerites, in fact they need salt for their eggs to hatch.
not sure why you put it in dirty water, snails don't eat poop, or why you want the flakes to spoil. I give my mystery snail some blanched veggies now and then, they'll eat my bettas leftovers but they get a bit pudgy on just meats. if you have soft water you may have to give it some kind of calcium supplement on occasion or lots of calcium rich foods

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post #6 of 33 (permalink) Old 08-11-2011, 10:46 PM
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Dont put salt on the snail. It does the same thing as when you put salt on a slug.

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Lol it does not do the same thing as a slug. Ever hear of a salt water snail? XD Nerites are and as Tisia said, they need salt/brackish water for their eggs to hatch, though i dont know about directly adding it right away in a small container. And they eat veggies, like lettuce n stuff.

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Yes, but apple/mystery snails are freshwater snails....

Yes they eat blanched veggies, cucumbers, lettuce, etc...

But to decide on "salt content" we need to know from the OP what kinda snail it is...

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I agree with Neil :) No point in arguing if we don't know what snail it is! Btw have you tried brushing off the furry stuff with a toothbrush, if its on its shell, it could be algae, my turtle gets it sometimes when he wants to be a butt and not bask, I brush it off.. The snail will also need a cuttlebone for its shell, it provides calcium.. Similarly feeding it kale or spinach will give it calcium. :)

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your turtle is a butt? lol Where is the OP??

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