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Thread: Shell repair: Part two
04-28-2012, 05:25 PM #1
Shell repair: Part two
Quite some time ago, I performed a shell repair on my blue mystery snail:
Since that time, my snail calcified the gap beneath the repair, and his shell growth progressed. Unfortunately, although calcification occurred beneath the repair, it did not progress well beyond the repair. This resulted in a gap extending beyond the repaired area. My snail began to behave in the same fashion as prior to the repair: lethargic and typically retracted within his shell.
Here is what he looked like as of this morning:
So, I boiled up some eggs, removed the inner membranes from the shells, and rinsed and dried them. After ensuring that the outer surface of my snail's shell was dry, I started the process of finding a piece of eggshell that would fit well and span the width of the gap. I carefully applied superglue to the outside of his shell along the sides of the gap and gently placed the piece of eggshell. Once the glue was nearly dry, I gently pressed down on the edges of the eggshell - this has the effect of cracking the eggshell to more closely fit the natural curvature of the snail shell:
Once dry, I applied nail polish to fill any small gaps and smooth any sharp edges (I also went over the previously-applied eggshell pieces to ensure a proper seal):
Now, he's back in the tank, and with luck, he'll emerge from his newly-repaired shell and resume normal behaviour once again.
For interest's sake, here's a backlit photo of the calcification on the inner surface of my snail's shell. Note that the area beneath the previous repair is completely filled in (this area is notably darker than the rest of the inner surface).
04-28-2012, 09:03 PM #2
That is just super-cool...55 g Goldfish Tank - 3 Fancies, 2 Comets
25 g Tropical Tank - Celestial Pearl Danio/Mixed
04-28-2012, 10:15 PM #3
04-29-2012, 12:43 AM #4
This is honestly amazing! I think it's safe its say to say that the majority of people With snails would never put that much effort into their snail. I have two mystery snails and I love them. This is extremely handy and a really great idea, good for you! If I ever found myself in a situation smililar to yours, just know your forum would become my reference and I would use your wonderful idea. What you've done, is beyond words.
04-29-2012, 03:24 PM #5Junior Member Guppy
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This is amazing. I love that you worked so hard to save this guy. Good job!
05-03-2012, 12:34 PM #6
Thanks everyone for your nice comments.
Good news: Shelly is out for his first "walk" since the repair. He'd been very still for the last few weeks as well as since the procedure only moving a few inches here and there and mostly just hiding in his shell. I'm hopeful that this is a good sign.
05-24-2012, 02:11 AM #7
Well, the second repair didn't take. RIP, Shelly :(