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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-02-2014, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
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Snails...why can't I keep them?

Why do my snails die? I can only keep the "pond" snails that hitch a ride in on plants. My fish and shrimp do well in both tanks. I love all the different types out there and enjoyed them in my saltwater tanks. I know that my well water tested high for copper when you draw the water in the morning without flushing so I never use any water without flushing the source or until late in the day when all pipes have been flushed. The test showed with several minutes of flushing the amount is decreased to almost nothing. I feel if it was this my shrimp/fish would show some effects. So any suggestions? Certain species easier?...or just forget them?
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snails are as easy as shrimp. Kinda weird that you can't keep others. Are you feeding them?
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Loaches eat snails. If you keep any then this is likely why.
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No loaches and yes...bought Ken's with extra calcium
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snails are not just veggie eaters. They like protein too.
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what is the calcium level in ur tank? do the shells get kinda white and pitted?
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Sad but don't live long enough to show that....tried nerites and mystery. Will crawl around few days then die
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Old age? Some snails looking small, does not mean they are not old. Growth varies based on water parameters and heat
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Ok..going to try again...suggestions on where to get them, how to acclimate, easiest, what to feed. Would like color,interesting,mystery?
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Maybe your larger snails are starving to death... They are pretty voracious eaters and need a lot of algae or detritus to subsist. Is it mainly large snails that are dying (e.g. nerites and mystery snails) or do you also have smaller snails like ramshorns that are dying as well?

Also, how large is your tank and how many larger breed snails are you keeping?
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I did not have any other snails in the tank when I attempted to keep them, the nerites first, then the mystery, tank 75 gallon.
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How many in the 75? Sounds like they starved
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Only added 5 nerites....didn't live long enough to starve. Then later 5 mystery...have had no problems with fish. There are 2 or 3 small snails in there now that came in on plants that appear to be living.
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Do you have any other algae eaters in the tank? I have a 60 gallon and it's hard to keep even 3 nerites alive and fed. Granted, I had 4 full grown SAEs and 4 full grown oto cats as well (though I doubt the SAEs competed with the nerites for food). Perhaps they were already starved before you bought them, and they just starved to death while in your tank.

It really does sound to me though that they starved to death since the pond snails seem to be doing fine.

Did you ever notice the nerites trying to climb out of the tank?
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I bet your tank was heavily treated with copper at one point and it has leached into your silicone and leeches back into the water and kills your snails. Maybe you should try some ramshorns and see how they go. I have a bunch growing out in my shrimp tank right now. I'll be able to send you a few in a few weeks if you like.


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