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    Unhappy Help! My Mystery Snail is sick (I think)


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    My Black Mystery Snail, Stanley, has always been really active, motoring all over my 2 gal fish bowl he shares with my female Betta. I tell everyone he's the fastest snail in the west, but for the last few days he has been really quiet, hardly moving and when he does, he moves really slow. Also, when he is on the glass, he looks like he's shrunk.

    Except for putting one of those extended-release fish tabs for Bettas in the bowl over the Thanksgiving holiday as I was out of town for 5 days,I haven't changed anything or done anything different in the bowl. I hope that didn't do it!

    Please - Stanley is the coolest snail - does anyone have any ideas/suggestions as to what may be wrong with him?

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    Water change the meds out and see if that fixes it. Always research a med before using it in a tank with snails (ones you like) because alot of them can be harmful to them.

    Otherwise, whats the temp in the tank? How old is he?


    Honestly mystery snails are kind of annoying keep if you do it right. They need a high ph and a high calcium diet or their shells will rot away eventually. Crushed coral and kale are excellent for this. You can also crush up algae wafers, add calcium, then refreeze them.

    Whats the name of the tabs?

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    feeder tabs(which is what i think you're talking about) flood the water with stuff which can cause ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate spikes. Do a large water change and don't forget to use de-chlorinator. As a general rule, snails can't put up with the cruddy water conditions a betta can. Granted, they are tough, but i don't as much as a betta. Also, some species of snails can't breath air, and they are at more of a disadvantage. Another thing that could be causing him to slow down is a water temp drop. Is your heater working?

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    rereading your post i see that we are tlaking about a 2 gal bowl; now that i see you have a 2 gal fish bowl with the snail and betta i really think we're talking about polluted water. Do'm a 50% water change and see if that help.

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    I agree, if they are tabs for feeding the betta ( i didnt want to assume ) then definitely do those water changes ASAP.

    Do you have a test kit?

    I didnt want to bring it up before, but most people would say 5 gals is minimum for bettas, personally i think its 2.5+ but only in some cases, the tank being planted nicely would be one.

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    What you should do right after the water change is get a small tank.A 10 gal tank is is cheap.Do water changes every few days.
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    You might be able to get away with a java fern in there.

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    Wow! Thanks everyone for your prompt replies!

    I forgot to mention that I did do a 100% water change on the 6th day when I got back, and I'm going to do another one today. I do that once a week. It's weird - I put the same tabs (I don't remember the name right now, but they are little fish-shaped tabs about a 1/2" long and come in different colors) in 3 different bowls and non of them dissolved much except the one in Stanley's bowl - it was all over the place.

    I don't know how old he is; I've only had him a few months, and he's small. I have a Gold Inca snail at home. I've read they like greens, but neither one of mine will eat them. I will try the other things that were suggested.

    Thanks again!

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    Your tank maintenance enthusiasm is excellent! However 100% water changes are excessive and somewhat stressful. Id suggest 50% weekly. What else to do you to the tank? Filter?

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    A 100 % water change a week should be good. That should be plenty to keep the levels in there good unless you are overfeeding miss betta. Do you think that could be an issue? My females are even more voracious than my males it seems. Probably because their fins are shorter and they burn more energy swimming. If not keep up with the weekly changes. If you test your bowl a couple of days after cleaning it, you can time the ammonia if you always feed the same amount of food. Or around the same amount of food. You'll find if you do you usually get consistent reading for small amounts of ammonia on the same day and then you'll know to change your bowl on the day before you got the reading. (was that confusing? LOL)
    I know loads about bettas but just acquired my snails three days ago so I'm no help there. In fact I think I'll have to get rid of them because my water is extremely soft and most of my fish prefer this.



    Quote Originally Posted by vamorris
    Wow! Thanks everyone for your prompt replies!

    I forgot to mention that I did do a 100% water change on the 6th day when I got back, and I'm going to do another one today. I do that once a week. It's weird - I put the same tabs (I don't remember the name right now, but they are little fish-shaped tabs about a 1/2" long and come in different colors) in 3 different bowls and non of them dissolved much except the one in Stanley's bowl - it was all over the place.

    I don't know how old he is; I've only had him a few months, and he's small. I have a Gold Inca snail at home. I've read they like greens, but neither one of mine will eat them. I will try the other things that were suggested.

    Thanks again!
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