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Old 02-10-2012, 01:01 AM   #1 
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HELP...Mystery snails are dying!

Help! i came home the other day to find my 2 gallon tank had hit 80-82 degrees with 13 baby mystery snail in it. They are about the size of a marble and I had been raising for the past 3 months. When i got them they were the size of a BB. I had no issues till this, but when I got home a bunch were floating at the top with themselves hanging out of their shells. At first I thought they were skimming the water but a few hours later they were still in the same spot even though I had thrown in algae wafers for them. I scooped out the ones I knew were alive and put them in my other 2 gallon tank(glass one) which was at 78 degrees(I put them in an aerated cup so they could acclimate to the new tanks temperature). All the others I through in another aerated cup just to make sure none were playing dead. Sure enough of the 13 of those snails I had been raising, only 6 made it. I was happy I had at least saved them. Fast forward a few days later to today, and I noticed a few of them were floating at the top like the others the other day. Sure enough, of the 6 I saved, only 1 or 2 are alive. THis tank is at 78 degrees. So what am I doing wrong? Also, both tanks have a couple big snails in there that are thriving.....so what am I doing wrong? I seriously don't want the last 1 or 2 to die on me and I am waiting for my 5 gallon tank to cycle before throwing anything in it.
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Old 02-10-2012, 04:28 AM   #2 
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Could you please check ammonia, nitrite and nitrate where they are? What are the results? What species are the larger snails? Are you sure the babies are getting enough food?
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Old 02-10-2012, 08:13 AM   #3 
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The nitrate, nitrite, and ammonia levels look fine. As for the species of them, I am not sure as mystery snails are made up of so many different species, but they are a purple/magenta that look similar to my blue mystery snail in appearance and shell appearance. So I assume they are bridgessi or so forth.

P.S. as for nitrate, nitrite and ammonia levels, I thought the mystery snails are suppose to be hardier? I have a betta fish in each of those tanks(rescued ones) that are thriving so I assume they would drop dead before the snail or so I thought?
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Old 02-10-2012, 09:40 AM   #4 
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Are you sure the snails were dead? Did they stink to high heaven?
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Old 02-10-2012, 10:01 AM   #5 
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All colored mystery snails are the same species, Pomacea diffusa. They are very very sensitive to water quality. Bridgesii is their outdated name. Ken Hayes changed that around 2008.
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A majority of them stunk....but a few were just hanging out of their shell and when i would touch them they wouldn't recede back into their shells like a normal ones would.
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Old 02-10-2012, 10:58 AM   #7 
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What is the PH of your water? and hardness? Ours is 8.2 for PH and we cannot keep snails alive here. LFS doesn't even bring them in cause they die on her too. Maybe something to do with it?
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Old 02-10-2012, 01:00 PM   #8 
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I'll have to check again....but my ph is usually 5.8-7.0 max........it does seem to fluctuate here on Long Island. But even then I have a betta fish in the tank and they are doing great.....and the bigger snails are do fine as well. They are eating, getting bigger, and not one has croaked on me. Its only the babies from the same batch that I bought......pssible genetic defect or something?
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Old 02-11-2012, 01:44 PM   #9 
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Well I brought water samples of all 3 tanks to the LFS and they confirmed my parameters are fine. I can't figure this out.....but as of late last night I only had 2 baby snails left......and one I found dead this morning.......so I don't know. What should I do with the last one? Just leave it in the 2nd tank I put them in or take him out and put him in his own little cup? I am stumped for sure!
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Old 02-11-2012, 02:25 PM   #10 
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Sorry to butt in on someone else's thread but I was wondering if I could bug you snail experts an issue I have.

I have a mystery/apple snail, black (not that that should matter) it's injured (I think), his shell is cracked, it has been since I got him, but he's still been a happy piggy snail. But I think Monday I found him not moving. I pulled him out and cupped him with a bit of algae wafer, still didn't move, at all. He doesn't stink, he acts dead, he plays dead. I was about to throw him out cause I thought he was dead, had him in a ziploc baggie with a bit of water, and I see the mouth poking out. He's alive.

Is there anything I can do for him (fairly sure its a him), and what would be the best course of action for treatment. He was in my 33 gal, I think the PH is 6.8 ish, live plants, 0 ammonia, I think the nitrites ates? were about 10. (not sure if the info was helpful).
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