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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-23-2012, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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my mystery snail keeps "dieing"

I have two mystery snails, one in each 10 gallon tank with 2 bettas each. I was leaving for work the other day when I noticed my mystery snail was dead. He was at the bottom of the tank, with all his gooy parts floating outside his shell. I was almost late so I didn't have time to fish him out. When I got home, there he was on the side of the tank fine and dandy.

A couple days later, I saw him again "dead" this time he was floating in the middle of the tank, and I thought that if they float, they're dead. So I scooped him out and just to be on the safe side, I put him in the cup I use when I'm syphoning out junk from the tanks. I left him there for about 4 hours, and there he was against the cup just above the water. So I put them both in the tank that is slightly warmer. (80F)

What is his deal? Am I doing something wrong? How should I be caring for him?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-23-2012, 08:23 PM
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what are you feeding him? they usually cannot live on algae alone, they need wafers and veggies. a lot of people will give them cucumber
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He is just being a snail. When they float - its because they somehow got air in their shell. Eventually they will get it out.

If they were dead, the trapdoor would no longer be attached to the snail and it would most likely stink horribly.

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Thank you!
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