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    I got a snail from a neighbor two weeks ago. He was doing fine in my 10 gallon tank with my betta until yesterday. I noticed that he was staying at the top of the tank in the morning. At night, he was just floating. I would coax him to the glass to see if maybe he'd latch on but nothing. Today when I got home from work, I decided to do a water change (not the whole tank, less than half). I added in API tap water conditioner. I won't be able to get test strips until tomorrow, so it may be something wrong with my water. But my betta is acting his usual self. The snail has finally latched onto the glass and has stringy black stuff (I'm assuming poop?) coming from him. I have absolutely no clue about anything snail so any advice is appreciated. I wlll update tomorrow when I get test strips!

    Here he is just sticking to the glass with the stringy black stuff.
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    I think you guessed accurately on what that stuff is. It's fairly normal snail behavior. They can be real active then just shut down for a couple of days.

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    Many times snails will try to escape a tank where the water conditions aren't suitable, or to find another body of water to mate.

    The API stuff is OK, but this is best, IMO: https://www.amazon.com/Seachem-11604.../dp/B00025694O

    Don't buy test strips, they can be highly inaccurate, get this instead, as soon as possible: https://www.amazon.com/API-Freshwate.../dp/B000255NCI
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    Hi everyone! I woke up this morning and Mr. Snaily was at the bottom of the tank exploring! I put an algae waffer a little under some gravel (he'll be able to find it right?) before I left to work. Hopefully he's doing well and eaten when I get home! But anyone know what that black thing is (what the arrow is pointing) under his shell?

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    Looks common to many gold shells-may just be the translucency of their shell and that is their GI tract you can see-or another organ.
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    Seems to be normal behavior to me. Mine will sometimes be cruising around the tank, on a mission. Other times I will wake up or come home from work and find it motionless on the bottom of the tank and I' pull it out to give it a sniff to make sure it didn't die.

    Snails are pretty easy to care for. How much of the wafer did you put in there for the snail? A whole wafer is a bit too much for a single mystery, and chances are that most of it will go uneaten and foul up your water. I would limit the food to maybe a 1/4 wafer, if that.

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    Great news that your pretty snail is exploring today. No need to bury his food in the substrate. You can just dig it out and leave it (or a piece of it) on top for him to find.

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    Snail are scavengers too, don't need to be fed every day.

    Did you order your test kit and Prime?
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    Boof beat me to it.

    Quote Originally Posted by BluewaterBoof View Post
    . I would limit the food to maybe a 1/4 wafer, if that.
    Please do listen to him on that. You don't want excess food sitting in your tank.

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    Also, I don't know how much you have been feeding your betta, but you should only be giving him/her about 3 pellets per feeding.

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