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Thread: Assassin Snails

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    Here's a short vid of what I mentioned, the whitish and misshapen shells on some of my assassins...no idea what causes it

    It's your soft water Matt or lack of calcium. I can only keep hard shell snails like MTS and assassins. The bigger/older ones have etched shells. Some worse than others. Ramshorns and pond snail shells completely disintegrate, it's awful. Do you have cuttlebone in the tank?
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    I've put cuttlebone in the tank before, but not in a while...maybe time for another piece

    Funny thing is, the snails in my other tanks (same water) do just fine, including assassins
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    I was doing a little bit of reading on this yesterday and some folks were saying the Ca was for overall shell density/strength, but pigmentation comes from a protein that binds with the minerals and forms a coating over the shell. Those folks claimed that loss of color was indicative of a lack of protein in the snails' diet.

    I don't know how much truth there is to that, but it seems to make some sense to a layman like myself. My hesitation to blame it on lack of Ca comes from the fact that my Ca levels in my saltwater tank are measured and kept at a very specific level that has not changed in over a year. The only thing I have changed in the tank in the last few months is the type and frequency of food. I will try switching back to some of the other food I had been feeding in the past and see if it makes a difference in mine.

    Matt, did you happen to change anything with your feedings in the tank? Like switching types of food? I'm hesitant to jump up and say your issue is caused by the same thing as mine since yours is FW and mine is SW, but I think it's safe to assume that the two types of snails are similar enough that their loss of pigmentation is caused by the same thing. *shrug*

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    Nope, same old foods they've always gotten, though I do feed a pretty good variety

    It only happens with the older, larger snails...never have seen the discoloration on the younger, smaller ones..maybe age is a factor?
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    Possibly. I never noticed it in my assassins, but then again I only had a handful of them so maybe I just didn't have a large enough of a sample to notice the issues.

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    Check out this one...yes, this used to be an assassin snail...what it is now is anyone's guess, lol...the stripes are interesting

    No other snails are in this tank....this one is one of the larger (older?) in the tank

    Seems to be active, and eating/scavenging well as any other in the tank

    And, it barks!

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    That is interesting. I too wonder what the deal is with this snail. Identity crisis, snail addition. Glad it seems happy.
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    Hi Rivers...yes, it's kind of a mystery to me, all of the smaller (younger?) assassins in this tank have shells that look perfectly normal
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    I think you might be on to something with the age thought. Perhaps some inbreeding signs, as well.
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    Some old inbreds, lol
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