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3 years ago#1
Bludragonfli
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When do you know if a snail is dead? I bought a snail the other day to help clean my tank from all the algae problems I've been having... And 3 days later I think he's dead, he was really active and constantly moving around the tank but now he's up in some fake plants and been there since I went to work around 3 today came home same spot. Should I move him and see if he moves? I don't want to get a placo or catfish in fear my angel will eat them or stress them out like he's done in the past with previous ones. I have 15g tank only angel fish and a white snail from petsmart nothing fancy I just know it can't reproduce and give me thousands of the little suckers! I do not have a planted tank...
Thanks for any help

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3 years ago#2
Lj Boros
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im sorry to tell u but your snale is dead or dieing

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3 years ago#3
nexuslite
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I would put some of your tank water in a jar and put the snail in the jar. If it is dead it wont decay in your tank. If it isn't dead you won't have thrown out a perfectly good snail.

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3 years ago#4
Lj Boros
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try adding alil aquarium salt

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3 years ago#5
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Mystery snails will sometimes become inactive for a day or two, but I'm not aware of other aquarium snails that do the same thing. If you have a strong stomach, remove the snail and take a whiff. As you may have guessed, dead snails have a terrible odor. They should be removed from the aquarium immediately.

As for putting salt in a freshwater aquarium, it can treat certain diseases, but many freshwater fish and plants are very sensitive to salt. In addition, it does not evaporate like water, so its concentration tends to build and must be monitored using a refractometer or hydrometer. Salt works by changing the osmotic pressure on the fish's skin, and this changes metabolism. Considering that freshwater fish evolved over centuries to cope with life in freshwater, putting them in saltwater is a fairly serious undertaking.

Commercial operations sometimes use salt as a preventive measure in large, crowded ponds, but they monitor its concentration and have guidance from professionals. In my experience, regular partial water changes work better than most medications and are much safer.

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3 years ago#6
Bludragonfli
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i have good news! i left the snail alone and this morning when i turned the light back on this morning he was moving around again. I haven't fed him yet because i really want him to help with the algae but i bought the algae tabs and i'm going to give him one tonight. How often should i feed it?

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3 years ago#7
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If your goal is to get it to eat algae off your tank. Feed it every couple days.

If your goal is just to feed it standard twice a day is good depending on the size of the algae tab. You may have to make it smaller for the feeding. Keep in mind the snail will also eat any fish food that falls to the bottom also. And reverse the fish will possibly try to eat the algae tab.

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3 years ago#8
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Congratulations on not having to experience the odor of a dead snail.

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3 years ago#9
Bludragonfli
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thanks Johnarthur!,I'm happy my kid told me not to kill this snail but thankfully i didn't have to.

And yes the whole point to the snail was to help with the algae growing on my tank because no matter how often i clean the tank i constantly have an algae problem. So long story short snail was what i wanted to get since the angel fish is aggressive. Soooo i will feed him every few days til the algae is better resolved.
Thanks for all the help!

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3 years ago#10
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I pretty much just leave my algae because I have guppies and they seem to really like fresh food like algae. The only glass I scrape is the front one. The other 3 panels have a nice brown coat with guppy lip prints all over.

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3 years ago#11
Bludragonfli
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The angelfish doesnt seem to do anything about it no matter how long i let it sit he just swims around and doesn't eat it.. Got the snail so it wouldn't pester the poor algae fish i would have gotten. my angelfish is seriously cranky towards all other fish But the snail make my son happy

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3 years ago#12
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Yeah my tetras don't eat the algae either. The fish with beaks instead of lips aren't good at doing that sort of thing.

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3 years ago#13
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Angelfish are primarily carnivores, but I have seen them pick at algae. Maybe they were looking for microscopic critters to eat.

Snails are fascinating, but aquarists are much better at eliminating algae, and we don't add to the biological load. Most of the time, an algae bloom can be traced to too much light or too many nutrients in the water. To solve a lighting problem, you can reduce the lights-on time and shield the aquarium from exposure to direct sunlight.

Excessive nutrients can be reduced by feeding no more than the fish eat in a couple of minutes and changing about 25 percent of the water every week. Fast growing plants like hornwort and water sprite also use nutrients which would otherwise feed algae.

Very likely, nothing short of poison will eliminate all of the algae. The above measures should keep it from overrunning the aquarium. Reasonable amounts of algae are not harmful and are food sources for some species.

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3 years ago#14
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i only feed the fish once a day. I have green algae from the lights. I know this but i dont have a timer guess i should buy one would make this headache a lot easier. There is no direct sunlight its in my room and I have blackout curtains so i never have to see the Phoenix sun keeps our room much cooler during the day too.
Sometimes my light is on 12hrs a day sometimes only 8 because of my hectic work schedule. I tried having a planted tank with uv bulbs and the plants just died after 6weeks i got bamboo to last almost a year. I'm sure its because sometimes my light is on way too long. So the snail can help me.

As for my angel fish he ate my last pleco. i say ate because i never found a body.. ever! And i've moved my tank since he went missing and everything around it so i'm sure he didn't jump out. i only noticed when i was vaccuming the gravel and i always watch for him.. and them i couldn't find him.
Still to this day a year later never found the fish or his remains.. !

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3 years ago#15
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I presume you meant fluorescent and not ultra violet lighting. The UV would not be very healthy for the plants.

Some plants are very demanding, and some grow like weeds. That's the nice thing about a fast grower like hornwort. It uses lots of what would otherwise feed algae, and it shades the rest of the aquarium. If that doesn't work, duckweed will grow rapidly under the most marginal conditions. In fact, it's near impossible to eradicate.

On the off chance your aquarium has an under gravel filter, you may have discovered the missing pleco. A friend had a similar situation and later found a live, monster fish under the the filter.

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3 years ago#16
Bludragonfli
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No undergravel filter just a top one. no clue the name just know it cycles ftom the top. Aquafin maybe? Also i restarted my whole tank after said fish went missing i bought a bigger tank because my hood broke and was cheaper to buy a new tank then just a hood! so i know for sure hes not there anymore. i really liekd him too he was a green speckled pleco that was 40 bucks! had him year til he disappeared .



Anyways the bulbs are not fluorescent lights just regular bulbs that you find in the fish department. They have ones for plants that are called uv or uva i think i bought them when i had plants but then i just kept losing the plants. Ive tried two types of plants the bulbs and the already growing one what kind? don't remember sorry but one did live pretty successfully until i had to cut a few pieces so my fich could still eat it took over my whole tank i cut about 5 pieces and it died shortly after... maybe i took way too much off.


If i did want to plant plants again and try i have a black thumb, seriously i kill every plant i touch! what would be the hardest thing for me to kill? all i have now is fake plants and gravel and two decorations one is a hide out and the other is a ship..?
Thanks for all the info its really helping me

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3 years ago#17
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Like fish, plants need an environment similar to conditions in their waters of origin. Some need intense lighting, carbon dioxide supplementation and special fertilizers. Other species are not demanding. The trick is to find conditions most favorable to the plants you have.

It may also be of interest that many aquarium plants are commercially grown with the leaves exposed to warm, humid air. This provides the leaves with much more carbon dioxide than is available fully submersed.

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3 years ago#18
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ok thanks, i think i'll leave this tank alone and when i start my sons 55 gallon for his birthday i will try a planted tank!
Thanks

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2 years ago#19
John Carr
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Make sure when you try the planted aquarium you have co2 in the water, you can buy co2 tabs or co2 booster from the pet store. My first go with plants were pretty bad i thought not enough light, too much light, maybe i didnt have enough plant food.. nope too much plant food. Then it hit me hmm what do all plants need to carry out photosynthesis, water co2 and sunlight. Since i started using co2 booster ive had no problems with keeping my plants alive as long as you follow the directions . And if you arent down with having to add co2 everyday get a tank to add it into your water considoring your going all out with a 55g

Hope the info helps with the black thumb

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2 years ago#20
Gracie
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Dude, ur snail is fine!!! Dont throw it away, i promise u its fine!!!! Mine did the same thing. Just pick it up. If it pulls back into its shell, its fine. If not, its dead.

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1 year ago#21
Person
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How do you know if a snail from a lake is dead?

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1 year ago#22
Nothing
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My snail is just sitting in it's jar growing it's shell,is it dead?

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1 year ago#23
Nothing
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Some person wants me to throw it away

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1 year ago#24
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Smell him or gently pull on his trap door. If hes dead he will stink, fall out of his shell or both.

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1 year ago#25
Nothing
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Someone answer!

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1 year ago#26
Abulafia
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Goldi answered you. Please do not be rude.

Abs.

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1 year ago#27
johnarthur
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Large, dead snails smell really bad.

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1 year ago#28
Nothing
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Sorry

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1 year ago#29
Nothing
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He is dead guys.

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1 year ago#30
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Where can you buy land snail eggs?

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