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Old 10-22-2011, 12:50 PM   #1
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Nerite snail stopped moving, but still alive. What to do?


One of my nerites stopped moving a few days ago. Every day I pick it up and touch its foot and it retracts a bit. However, it does not move from it spot on the sand. I don't really want to remove it from the tank while alive but I also don't want it to die in the tank and cause an ammonia spike. I have a 20g w/ 15g sump. My phosphates are .25. My ammonia is either <.02 (ammonia alert badge) or about .3 (API test). I'm going to test the API kit against my RO/DI water shortly.

Is my snail dying? If so, should I remove it from the tank and help it die more quickly?
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Old 10-22-2011, 09:20 PM   #2
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Based on what you have posted I would say yes, the snail is dying.
If you show ammonia in the tank then it's not ready to put livestock into yet.
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Old 10-22-2011, 09:42 PM   #3
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Based on what you have posted I would say yes, the snail is dying.
If you show ammonia in the tank then it's not ready to put livestock into yet.
Ammonia was at zero for the last few weeks. Didnt add the CUC until everything was zero and phosphates low. Just spiked two days ago. That's when I noticed the snail. Not sure what caused the ammonia spike.

Can I leave the snail in and hope it pulls through?
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Old 10-23-2011, 07:28 PM   #4
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Yes, you can leave it if you like. From my experience when snails get like that it's too late for them though.

My suggestion for you is to leave the tank for a few weeks and let it get rid of the ammonia totally and become a little more stable.

Fish are much more able to handle a new tank than members of the clean up crew are. All the members of the clean up crew are inverts which are much more sensitive to water quality issues. For me, the CUC is the last thing I add.
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Old 10-24-2011, 01:54 PM   #5
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Yes, you can leave it if you like. From my experience when snails get like that it's too late for them though.

My suggestion for you is to leave the tank for a few weeks and let it get rid of the ammonia totally and become a little more stable.

Fish are much more able to handle a new tank than members of the clean up crew are. All the members of the clean up crew are inverts which are much more sensitive to water quality issues. For me, the CUC is the last thing I add.
Thanks for the tip. I'll do that. I read lots of different posts/suggestions that said to put a CUC in first....its all a learning experience. Too bad my snail(s) suffered. Switched to BB yesterday, so I'll give it a month to stabilize!
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How old is the tank? I waited 3 months before adding my CUC.
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Old 10-24-2011, 02:52 PM   #7
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How old is the tank? I waited 3 months before adding my CUC.
I added the CUC after about 6 weeks.
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Sorry for your loss. Inverts are a sensitive bunch...
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why let it die and waste food, pick it up, throw it in a pan and serve it up French style.
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Old 10-25-2011, 04:15 PM   #10
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why let it die and waste food, pick it up, throw it in a pan and serve it up French style.
get some cargo action going
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