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dulciean
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is my mystery snail alive?
« on: June 24, 2012, 07:01:38 AM »

hello...we are the proud owners of a new mystery snail. we brought him  home today, and floated the plastic bag/water he came in on top of the tank water for over 1/2 hour. then put him very gently into the tank. he is just sitting on the gravel/pebbles at the bottom, and hasn't moved or poked his head out.
D you think he is ok? Undecided
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scrivens345
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Re: is my mystery snail alive?
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2012, 10:55:25 AM »

Is it a cold-water tank? if so he/she won't be doing much...they are also more active at night-time

Just leave him be for now, and have a look at him tomorrow  Smiley
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Vicloz2006
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Re: is my mystery snail alive?
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2012, 05:01:42 PM »

My apple/mystery snails are in coldwater and are usually very active. How longs has he been in the tank? When you bought him was he in a tropical tank? Sometimes I they have only just been put in the tank they do take a while to come out and do anything, they are rather sensitive.
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dulciean
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Re: is my mystery snail alive?
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2012, 05:29:27 PM »

oh dear. yes it's quite cold here ATM ( i am in Australia ) he hasn't moved at all. I am scared something is wrong! should i put him in warmer water or his own little tank? poor little fella. can they hibernate in wintry weather? i can relate to him- I'm very sensitive also. Sad
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dulciean
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Re: is my mystery snail alive?
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2012, 05:30:56 PM »

oh- and he has been in the tank for 2 days. He was in a fresh/coldwater tank at the petshop, the shop was very clean and nice and the lady serving was friendly and knowledgeable.
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scrivens345
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Re: is my mystery snail alive?
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2012, 03:43:38 AM »

they sometimes burrow in to the gravel if its very cold , and they'll just sit there. How cold is the water?
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Re: is my mystery snail alive?
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2012, 06:27:46 AM »

Was he moving around in the tank at the shop or was he sitting at the bottom of that tank not moving. They can get shocked into hibernation but you did everything right in regards to putting him in the tank, so he shouldn't have been shocked. Have you taken him out and checked him? Is he out of his shell a little bit? If he is just gently touch his body and see if he moves, if he does then he is alive just keep an eye on him, if he doesn't move, this is the gross bit, smell at him, not too closely because if he is dead they smell very bad.
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scrivens345
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Re: is my mystery snail alive?
« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2012, 11:24:07 AM »

the tend to float if they've been dead a while...lost one of my small snails at the week-end, found my goldies snacking on his antennae ....still, found lots of babies to-day, so that sort of makes up for it
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Re: is my mystery snail alive?
« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2012, 04:32:38 PM »

Take him out of the tank and sniff the snail. If the snail is really stinky its dead. Snails can float on the water for two weeks so the snail could be alive.
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dulciean
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Re: is my mystery snail alive?
« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2012, 05:39:15 AM »

hi -i am not sure of the water temperature, but it's about 18 degrees Celsius in my lounge room- much colder overnight. He is sitting on the gravel. it looks like he has shut his'door' or sealed himself in his shell somehow. i will have a smell of him later- will he float if he has died? i feel sad- wanted him to be happy in his new home with us. Embarrassed
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Re: is my mystery snail alive?
« Reply #10 on: June 27, 2012, 05:50:53 AM »

Mine didn't float when she had died, but after three day she smelled horrible. Be prepared it is a pretty bad smell. You never answered was the snail moving in the tank at the pet store? You should always make sure the snail is moving or at least near the top of the tank. If it is at the top just ask the sales person to make sure it sinks when they let go of it. I got one that was at the top of he tank but she had alot of air trapped in her shell which eventually killed her.
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Re: is my mystery snail alive?
« Reply #11 on: June 27, 2012, 06:44:11 AM »

I think he is probably hunkered down for the winter.... these snails mostly scavenge at night, but if it's too cold he won't come out. Being I presume a young(ish) snail he'll need nutrition.I should invest in a mini tank heater...they aren't expensive and they are cheap to run. Just a few degrees warmer overnight ,  might make all the difference Grin

If his trap door is shut and he is dead the decomposition gases may cause him to float up....but as Vicky says often they fester on the tank bottom

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dulciean
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Re: is my mystery snail alive?
« Reply #12 on: June 27, 2012, 08:31:47 PM »

hi- i didnt see him moving in the tank at the pet store. he was sitting on the bottom...like here at home. i swore i saw him moving a little last night...well i thought so anyways... what does the shut trap door usually mean?
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Re: is my mystery snail alive?
« Reply #13 on: June 28, 2012, 04:47:06 AM »

Shut trap door could mean anything, that hes dead, unhappy, sleepy, hibernating, scared, threatened. I would do the smell test if I'm honest about now thats what four days and if he wasn't moving at the pet shop that's not a good thing. He was either all ready dead or dying at a guess. Always look for one that is moving.
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Re: is my mystery snail alive?
« Reply #14 on: June 30, 2012, 12:30:39 AM »

i have happy news! he is alive and well and doing all manner of snail-y type things. he burst into life yesterday- motoring about in the tank , and climbing up the side, and poking out of his shell, and floating about on the surface of the tank. i did the smell test- there was no odour, said a little prayer and popped him back.
we have called him 'rockets' cause when he moves he really g-o-e-s! Grin
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Re: is my mystery snail alive?
« Reply #15 on: June 30, 2012, 02:45:07 AM »

good news.....and yes they do move quickly Grin
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Re: is my mystery snail alive?
« Reply #16 on: June 30, 2012, 05:15:43 AM »

That's good to hear. Now just enjoy watching him they really are great.
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Re: is my mystery snail alive?
« Reply #17 on: July 01, 2012, 05:37:49 AM »

Yay!!! Snails in my opinion are funner to watch then some fish.
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