Dead Snail?

Discussion in 'Snails' started by Esimm03, Apr 7, 2017.

  1. Esimm03Well Known MemberMember


    this morning i woke up and saw that my snail was on its back with all of its insides out (see image). Last night it was alive and travelling around quite fast. I had to pick it from the outside of the tank (as he went through the small gap in my lid) but he was only out for a muinet at max.

    I've had him for about 2 months now (he was shipped to me) but I thought they lived longer.

    Here is a pic 1491554262194.jpg


    P.s I picked him up and his insides didn't shrink in, which they normally do .
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  2. littlemissdiva9Valued MemberMember

    Following this happened to a month old snail I gave my mom
  3. Esimm03Well Known MemberMember

    Did it survive ?
  4. littlemissdiva9Valued MemberMember

  5. AngelTheGypsyFishlore VIPMember

    Have you tested your water? Sometimes when they climb out of a tank it can be because of poor water quality.

    I had one die probably a week ago, but I wasn't sure until last night.

    If he's still alive he should move if you poke him(not his shell)
  6. jackson tropicalsNew MemberMember

    dont leave it in there so no dieases will get in the water
  7. Esimm03Well Known MemberMember


    I tested the water yesterday (before a 25% water change)

    Should I move him to a glass with water and clove oil in? (To make sure)

    The water doesn't smell (I know that when they die they stink out the water)

  8. tin picklesValued MemberMember

    Sniff the snail.... Not the water lol.

    I have had hundreds of snails and never had any of them leave the tank. If he is on his back with his insides hanging out he was probably stuck. And exhausted from trying to flip back over. Stressed from being stuck on his back.

    When my snails get hurt from the filter intake tube I will put them in a breeder net for a week to keep them from injuring themselves more, also so I can see if they are active and eating still.

    Why would you put him in clove oil?
  9. AngelTheGypsyFishlore VIPMember

    It took mine several days to smell, and I didn't notice an ammonia spike. One thing I did notice but didn't know what is was were white specks around the snail.

  10. Esimm03Well Known MemberMember


    So he might just be stressed or tired?

    Should I flip him over and put him on something like an alge wafer for food?

    I said clove oil because if I took him out and he was still alive he would dry up and die as if I put him in clove oil, if he was alive he wouldn't suffer.



    I picked him up to put him in qurentine when he shriveld up (partially)

    Is he recovering, if so what should i do?

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  11. tin picklesValued MemberMember

    If he's alive he will be ok with clean water and time.
  12. Esimm03Well Known MemberMember


    I'm going away next week and have a 'tank Sitter' to feed them. I'm going to do a 50-75 percent water change before I go. Should I keep him in quarentie or put him back in the display tank?

  13. tin picklesValued MemberMember

    To be honest, most tank sitters seem to over feed and cause huge tank issues. You should leave him isolated till you get back in case he dies. And be very specific about feeding schedule for fish so they're isn't any parameter spikes.
  14. AngelTheGypsyFishlore VIPMember

    A lot of people use pill dispensers for fish food to keep sitters from overfeeding.
  15. Esimm03Well Known MemberMember


    I've measured some food into zip lock bags so they can empty out every day into the tank

  16. Esimm03Well Known MemberMember


    Woke up to a yellow tank

    The snail has compleatly closed up, I did a water test and the ammonia is a little high

    Did a 50% water change and a filter clean out.


    P.s I know your not suppose to rinse the spounge off in tap water as it will kill the bacteria. My filter is half filled with biological media and the other is filled with spounges, can I clean the spounges under tap water as I'll still have loads of bacteria left on the bio balls?
  17. AllySaturnValued MemberMember

    Sniff him again quickly
  18. Esimm03Well Known MemberMember

    He smells

    Is there any way I can keep his shell if he's dead ?

  19. AllySaturnValued MemberMember

    I mean you can scoop out his shell but IMHO I couldn't do it on a moral basis. He really is dead. The ammonia spike was I sight of it but the smell seals the deal
  20. Esimm03Well Known MemberMember

    Yes I agree, it seems like they should be buried together. I had a horned nerite once and one day he vanished from his shell.

    I might put him in a bit of clove oil (I couldn't bare burying him if there's a small chance he's alive.