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02-21-2013 10:51 PM
le0p Like someone said earlier, check applesnail.net for tips on keeping them. I know for me low PH was a re-occurring problem. If you have a pregnant female and not enough space above the water, they can get egg bound and die, it goes on.. as easy as these guys can be to keep, you still need the proper conditions for them.
02-21-2013 09:07 PM
jhays79 I don't know what I'm doing wrong!
02-21-2013 07:06 PM
Oxl I bought two blue snails from them about a year ago, I have dozens now and they do a great job multiplying as needed and keeping the tanks clean.
02-21-2013 05:25 PM
mullenium whats the difference between mystery snails at petsmart/petco and other named snails from the LFS?

are mystery snails just that.. mystery? so you dont know what variety you are getting?

what do they do for the tank, just help with algae?
02-21-2013 05:04 PM
jhays79 I'm thinking its not copper in my water because I have cherry shrimp in the same tank. I might try some different snails from my LFS and see how hey do.
02-21-2013 03:43 AM
Neatfish Not sure but I thought about buying one before but now I don't know. What is that yellow snail they sell?
02-21-2013 02:47 AM
le0p I had a few from petsmart a while back that thrived. They mated constantly, I hatched a couple pods and had to give them away (had hundreds). The only reason they died was a persistent ph problem that slowly eroded their shells.
02-21-2013 12:11 AM
Sandybottom our petco gets fresh veggies donated to them by the chipotle restaurant chain for the reptiles. this includes romaine lettuce. they should be supplementing the fish with veggies too. next time i'm there, i will try to give them the heads up on the nerite problem.
02-20-2013 11:12 PM
Ashnic05
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i asked one petsmart employee what they feed their snails and she said that they eat the algae from the tanks. if they have had them for awhile they may have starved. at petco they don't turn their nerites over when they are upside down, which is a death sentence.not sure if they are aware of the problem or if they just don't care.
I used to work at Petsmart a few years ago and associates are not trained hardly at all in the proper care of aquatic (or birds or reptiles/ amphibians or hamsters, etc.) life. My guess is they are unaware that this is a problem for the nerites. We were never told to give algae pellets to the snails when I worked there, but I snuck them some anyway. Management is a huge POA there for lower employees. Such a sad situation corporate pet stores have become.
02-20-2013 11:10 PM
jhays79 I will have to check for copper in my water.
02-20-2013 11:00 PM
Sandybottom i asked one petsmart employee what they feed their snails and she said that they eat the algae from the tanks. if they have had them for awhile they may have starved. at petco they don't turn their nerites over when they are upside down, which is a death sentence.not sure if they are aware of the problem or if they just don't care.
02-20-2013 10:56 PM
AirstoND Mine died, with the exception of one, it could be due water conditions (temp change, dissolved Cu or F in home water)
02-20-2013 10:02 PM
wootlaws I've had the same problem buying snails from Petsmart. After they died I gave up. I ended up with some pond snails that hitch hiked from some plants I pucrhased and they are breeding happily and eating off all the algae from my tank. I haven't bought any from Petsmart since then and I would probably get them from the marketplace or vendors next time.
02-20-2013 07:44 PM
Sluuuder Ask and see when they got their shipment in. Snails sell fast and they could have just gotten there and the disease they had dint kill them until you got them into your tank. I have bought four and they mated and had over 100+ snails that I sell and have been breeding the same snails ever since.

But if it has happened more then once you may want to see if you have any copper in your tank. Only tow things that could really be the problem.
02-20-2013 07:25 PM
TheDrake I was in one of their stores Monday, and every mystery snail they had (several dozen) were dead and hanging out of their shells. It's quite possible that the problem begins before they arrive in your tank.
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