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Author Topic: What is lifespan of mystery snail?  (Read 5781 times)
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« on: November 20, 2010, 10:15:19 AM »

My mystery snail has gone to the great pond in the sky.  Had him about a year with a stable tank (no deaths, good numbers, regular water changes).  Should I be concerned?  Do they last long?
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« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2010, 11:15:29 AM »

Most 2-3 years some make it to 4 or so.
If you got it at an adult size it could have been over a year old.
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« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2010, 01:26:07 PM »

Well, the jury is out.  My wife said he had been floating in the tank for about a week.  I hadn't been around due to work.  For lack of a better term he goes for rides for hours in the current while crawled up.  I thought he was doing the same but hadn't attached anywhere all day so I presumed he was dead.  Was kind of half in and out of his shell.  I went to pick him up and he curled up so not officially dead, but not behaving "normally".  He barely fits in his shell.  We will stick things out
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« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2010, 11:17:21 PM »

Snails often float around for awhile, half hanging out of shells. Give 'em the sniff test. You will KNOW if he is dead...and probably smell him for a week...
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« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2010, 12:41:51 AM »

Keep a close eye on your snail. If it dies you need to remove it immediately or as Gopi stated you will smell it for a week.

I'm sorry your snail is having problems. Check your water parameters and if all is well, no fish have been picking at it, and it has had a varied diet then it is probably just old.
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« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2010, 11:40:38 AM »

Well, we didn't pass the sniff test.  He attached to the tank and ate a little, then floated for a long time, then attached again, sank to the bottom for 24 hours.  All in all, took a couple of days.  Pulled him out and he was funky.  I never thought I would watch a snail go through his death throes.  I also would have never guess I would notice a major change in "snail activity".  Guess I pay more attention to my tank than I thought.

Water parameters were fine pH 8, ammonia 0, nitrites 0, nitrates 10.  All stable.  No matter what I do he pH is alkalotic but the fish seem to have adjusted.
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