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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-18-2012, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
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Why is my snail floating?

so i got this gold mystery snail from petco like a week or two ago, he was alright for the first few days, but now hes floating, theres a little air bubble in his shell. i know hes not dead, because he still comes out of his shell sometimes, but is this normal? and will he ever sink again?

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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-18-2012, 07:16 PM
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Some snails like to blow bubbles into their shells so they can reach the surface easier, personally I never seen my snails do that but it is possible.

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Actually, that air bubble you see in your snail's shell is its lung. Yes, mystery snails have a lung and as such, regularly go to the surface for air. Sometimes a mystery snail just likes to sit and float for a while, usually when they've had a large meal and want time to digest it a little.

Other times, it could be that there is a problem with the water parameters. Aquatic snails, like mystery snails, are sensitive to things like high levels of nitrates and ammonia. What are the water parameters? If they are too high, do a 25%-30% water change and then test the water again to make sure the levels have gone down. If not, repeat and check again until the levels are safe.

Also, you didn't by chance add any kind of salt to the water, did you? Mystery snails can't tolerate even a trace of salt in their water.

There is one last possibility, and this might not be the case, but how big/old is your mystery snail? As they age, mystery snails become increasingly less active, until eventually they just stop all together and pass away in their sleep. You can usually tell the approximate age by the shell size. The bigger they are, the older they are because they grow more shell as they age.

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he did eat a whole algae wafer... i dont know how old he is cause i just got him, ive got him in a little cup until i can the fry hatch so i can put him in the spawn tank, theres no salt whatsoever, and ive been doing water changes in his cup every day, i think its the food, hes stuck to the side of the cup right now

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A cup? Like what the bettas come in? Hmmm, I guess that's an okay home for a little bit. Snails don't complain too much about space, nor do they seem to care.

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yeah, my daddy fish was harassing him so i took him out of the spawn tank, how much am i supposed to be feeding him and how often?

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Well, depends on how big he is. Is he nickle sized? Quarter sized?

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bigger than a nickel smaller than a quarter haha

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Hmmm, then I would try and feed either half a wafer a day or one wafer every other day.

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alright haha, should i still feed him when ive got him in the tank? or will all the fish waste be enough... i dont know much about snails :/

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