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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 08-01-2020, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
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Some Snail Questions

I have a 25 gallon tank with lots of plants and good water parameters. Two weeks ago I bought 3 Nerites from a LPS and yesterday I received 3 more from an online seller. It looks as if one snail from the LFS is dead and one arrived dead from the mail shipment. The rest are active. I guess my question is how do you make sure that a snail is dead? Do they ever just pull inside and just go inactive for a while a couple of days? Currently I have pulled the two questionables out into a container with tank water in it to watch for movement. I do not want to declare them prematurely but I also do not want them to decompose in the tank.

The second question is how to consider hitch hikers? I have some very small snails on my tank sides. Are these likely to be nuisance snails or can they be left alone? I have also seen one very small one that looks like a tiny coil. Ramshorn?

Thanks for any tips.

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Only you can decide on what a "nuisance snail" is. I like snails in my tank, so none of them are a "nuisance". It's kind of like weeds, anything you don't particularly want is a "weed". A watermelon growing in your spinach patch could be a weed.
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