Snails dieing

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Advice' started by CameL, 9 Dec 2014.

  1. CameL

    CameL

    Joined:
    16 Dec 2008
    Posts:
    1,038
    Likes Received:
    120
    Location:
    Primrose Hill, JHB
    Hi Guys,

    My tank's been up for close to 6 months now, in total i've added 2 mexican turbo snails and 2 pyramid snails, the tank is 120l display. One of the mexican turbo snails kept falling on his back until one day never got right side up, so i removed him and replaced him with the two pyramid snails.
    for about the last 2 weeks the pyramid snails have not moved, i moved one when syphoning detritus 2 days ago, it had some movement after that but not enough to actually move.
    My parameters are:
    Nitrates = 0.01ppm
    Phosphates = <0.03ppm
    Magnesium 1320ppm
    Calcium = 400ppm
    Alkalinity = 7.9dkH
    pH = 8.3
    SG = 1.026

    My questions are a) Should i remove the two snails and b) Why do they keep dieing ?

    The other mexican turbo snail is still rocking and all over the tank with amazing speed.
     
  2. AdS Guest




    to hide all adverts.
  3. viper357

    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    4 May 2007
    Posts:
    27,980
    Likes Received:
    776
    I find snails to be very hit and miss with regards to their survival rate. It also depends a lot on how they have been handled, if they are removed from the tank in the pet shop by being pulled off the glass instead of being gently eased off then it can injure them quite badly. Snails also need to be acclimatised much longer than normal.
     
    Last edited: 9 Dec 2014
  4. CameL

    CameL Thread Starter

    Joined:
    16 Dec 2008
    Posts:
    1,038
    Likes Received:
    120
    Location:
    Primrose Hill, JHB
    What would you then suggest to replace their purpose in the aquarium ? Weird that one snail has survived almost 5 months.
     
  5. viper357

    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    4 May 2007
    Posts:
    27,980
    Likes Received:
    776
    Not sure what could replace them, you've just got to keep trying and accept the fact that you will have losses. Is there enough food in the tank for them?
     
    TaahirS likes this.
  6. CameL

    CameL Thread Starter

    Joined:
    16 Dec 2008
    Posts:
    1,038
    Likes Received:
    120
    Location:
    Primrose Hill, JHB
    I would assume so, got some green hair algae and red turf algae, albeit getting less and less.
     
  7. noobsw

    noobsw

    Joined:
    25 Dec 2013
    Posts:
    122
    Likes Received:
    11
    Location:
    Kelvin, JHB
    HI do you have an ATU? or do u manually add RO? Rapid changes in salinity affects snails badly, i had the same problem as well.
     
  8. CameL

    CameL Thread Starter

    Joined:
    16 Dec 2008
    Posts:
    1,038
    Likes Received:
    120
    Location:
    Primrose Hill, JHB
    Hi noobsw, I have an ATU since the first month of the tank, salinity has been stable ever since i did a water change without unplugging my ATU, but that was i think my third water change, before the pyramid snails were introduced.
     
Recent Posts

Loading...
Similar Threads - Snails dieing Forum Date
Snails ID Needed 30 Oct 2016
[wtd] Snails, cleaning crew Wanted 28 Sep 2016
[wtd] Hermit Crabs and Turbo Snails Wanted 25 Sep 2016
What snails are these amd should I worry ID Needed 4 Aug 2016
2 snails 1 coral ID please ID Needed 17 Jun 2016
[wtd] Nassarius snails Wanted 20 Apr 2016
[wtd] Nassarius snails Wanted 4 Apr 2016