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Old 08-02-2010, 06:46 PM   #1 
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mystery snail dead?

My mystery snail hasn't moved in a day and when I poked it with my net it didn't move and it appears to be "floating" bottom side up. I recently got home from a week long trip and my Betta died while I was away and I wasn't able to do a water change until today. My water has also gotten a bit cloudy. I guess I'm wondering if there is a way to tell if my snail is dead.
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Old 08-02-2010, 11:21 PM   #2 
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Pick it up and give it a good strong whiff. If it stinks, it's dead.
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Old 08-03-2010, 02:44 PM   #3 
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You can also pick it up and poke it or hold it's shell and wiggle it around, if it jiggles, it's dead. The muscles relax when they die so their body will often even fall out of it's shell.
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Old 08-03-2010, 03:08 PM   #4 
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My water has also gotten a bit cloudy
Probably Carbon Dioxide Your snail might be dead.
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Old 08-03-2010, 11:32 PM   #5 
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I've heard that dead snails smell REALLY bad.
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:08 AM   #6 
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check to see if the "trap door" on the bottom is loose. If you an open it easily, it's dead. :(
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:09 AM   #7 
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Sorry about your loss. =[ Snails are so cute! </3
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Old 08-06-2010, 08:07 AM   #8 
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Mystery Snails often float and they can stay still for days without moving. I find that with stress they tend to float and recluse more, when mine were in a tank on their own they were always fine but now that I have separated them and they are with other fish I never see them snailing around

The snails float when they have too much air in their lungs, when the apple snail floats it doesn't mean that there is something wrong or that it is dead.

To check if the snail is alive take it out of the water, if the trapdoor is tightly closed then you can be sure it is still alive, when the snail is dead the muscles relax and the snails door stays partly open, this can sometimes happen when their alive too, also smell the snail you will instantly know if it is dead by the rotten smell. Also I find that if the snail has plenty of food they will show no activity, so if your concerned then you could reduce the amount you feed it, another cause could be low temps so make sure they stay between 65-82f

I hope your little snail is alright, I love my 3 and would be devastated if anything happened to them.
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