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Author Topic: Assassin snail with injured proboscis...  (Read 3191 times)
mduros
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« on: February 22, 2010, 01:12:19 PM »

I discovered this morning that one of my assassin snails was accidentally transferred into my 55 gallon tank.  It looks like one of the fish may have nipped his proboscis a bit.  I left him in the tank though because I figure he'll be more likely to heal in there than in the newt tank which has incredibly high nitrates since newts are not sensitive to them and I don't run a filter on that tank.  What say you all?  Is this organ part of what helps him eat his snail prey?  What exactly is it?  And will he be okay if it doesn't heal up?  They do fine eating algae, shrimp and worm pellets just like other snails...
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« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2010, 07:12:20 AM »

My instinct says, let him heal, and he will be fine.  His proboscis has some sensory organs on it and has the radula "extenders" on it. He won't be able to extend his radula into hard to reach crevices for a bit, but should be fine.
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« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2010, 11:24:27 AM »

Thanks Karen!  It's kind of funny that I'm worrying about him healing AND surviving the predators...  Smiley  So far the loaches in the tank have paid no attention to him that I have seen.  They have much easier things to munch on like the constantly spawning rainbowfish, they follow them around and eat the eggs.  And one of the sids discovered my ready to pop berried amano shrimp and has been following her around the tank like crazy.  lol!  I'm not really sure if the snail is injured or not, but it looks like he has a scab like thing at the end.  As of this morning he is still moving around the tank. This is really good.  Smiley
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Mary.
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