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How much time should I give them?

I added 3 Zebra Nerite snails to my tank ,4 days ago.Not even one has moved an inch.Yesterday I inspected them ,they didn't smell at all ,and I looked as far as I could see in their shell ,and saw no trap door(maybe I didn't know how to look?).The shells are a bit heavy ,so I',m sure there is something inside ,and that I didn't buy empty shells.How long before Zebras accomodate to a new tank?
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I had 0 luck with zebras, and similar experiences. I now have some nice shells on my windowsill...
Hope yours fair better. I have had luck with olive and horned nerites.
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It does seem like a while, but your parameters just might be more of an adjustment for them. The way I generally tell is by turning the shell over and looking at the foot. If you can't see any foot at all, or what you do see is an off-white to pinkish color, that's not good. If you see more of a gray to charcoal color, things are probably just fine. Other folks more experienced can probably give you better details, but this is just what I have observed in the few years that I have kept them.


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It does seem like a while, but your parameters just might be more of an adjustment for them. The way I generally tell is by turning the shell over and looking at the foot. If you can't see any foot at all, or what you do see is an off-white to pinkish color, that's not good. If you see more of a gray to charcoal color, things are probably just fine. Other folks more experienced can probably give you better details, but this is just what I have observed in the few years that I have kept them.


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I looked as deeply as I could and saw nothing.Maybe with a tiny mirror....
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I put them in a glass tupperware by themselves for a few hours, and put a Algae wafer on the opposite end. guess where they were in an hour or 2?
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What's your parameter? pH play big role in keeping snail alive; 6.5 and below snail will die or be totally inactive and hiding in their shells.

Also when introduce snail do acclimation method, they're sensitive too.

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What's your parameter? pH play big role in keeping snail alive; 6.5 and below snail will die or be totally inactive and hiding in their shells.

Also when introduce snail do acclimation method, they're sensitive too.
No problem there ,my water is rather hard ,PH never goes below 6.8-7 ,besides ,I also have these pesty bladder snails that came with the plants and they are fine.......I would remove the shells ,but i still hope they are alive and wouldn't wanna kill them myself by doing that.Do the shells add much to water hardness if left there for a week or so?
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