Is My Mystery Snail Okay?

Discussion in 'Snails' started by hayreindeer, Apr 13, 2017.

  1. hayreindeerNew MemberMember

    I've had this mystery snail for a few months now and today I noticed that he's been spitting out white stuff and I have no idea what it is.[​IMG][​IMG]
  2. fjhWell Known MemberMember

    I can't see any of the white stuff, just bubbles. It's possible the white stuff is poop though.

    However, his shell is growing inconsistently and looks clear/thin. Also, he's looking for food at the surface, suggesting that he's not finding enough to eat in your tank (or else just very greedy). What do you feed him?

  3. JunneFishlore LegendMember

    I don't notice anything either............

    He does look to be in need to added calcium though. His shell doesn't look very good. What are your water parameters, specifically the hardness/ph?

    Snails need hard water with a higher ph ( over 7.0 ) for shell strength. You could also feed him calcium rich foods such as raw zucchini, carrots, broccoli, etc to help maintain his shell.

  4. hayreindeerNew MemberMember

    I feed him algae wafers and sinking pellets, I'll get some zucchini at the store tomorrow
    Parameters: ammonia 0 nitrite 0 nitrate ~10 ph is right around 7
  5. BeanFishWell Known MemberMember

    Spinach is the wholy grail of calcium, has like 10 times more calcium than zuchini my fish eat it with no problems, I guess the snail would too. Or kelp, kelp is even better but I dont know if he would eat it or not, it may also be hard to find, I know that I could not find it where I live.
  6. Bizarro252Well Known MemberMember

    I dont know, but figured I would ask for my and OPs benefit... Would nori sheets (like for sushi) be a good substitute for kelp? I would assume they make them without added salt or preservatives if you look hard enough - just wondering if that would even be a good substitute.
  7. BeanFishWell Known MemberMember

    I dont know really. Kelp is seaweed and nori sheets are seaweed too but there are lot of species.
    It would depend, I dont know if nori sheets come with calcium percentages, but if they are safe, have as much calcium as kelp or close to it and your snails eats it I guess it would be fine. If they are safe but they dont have that much calcium I think it would be better to go with spinach as I would expect nori sheets to be relatively expensive. I had some nori sheets hanging around for making sushi and my fish did not touch the piece I dropped in so I dont know. Now that I think it I am glad they did not touch it because I forgot about additives lol.
    Spinach is way easier to find and only has 60 ish mgs less of calcium which I dont think its a big deal.
  8. KarenSoCalWell Known MemberMember

    Kale is another excellent source, and my mysteries love it!
  9. BeanFishWell Known MemberMember

    Forgot about that one, I agree that it is great.
  10. JunneFishlore LegendMember

    My fish and snails usually eat ALL veggies.... I HATE KALE and find it disgusting so I tried giving it to my fish/snails. They wouldn't touch it either! :emoji_stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye::emoji_stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes::emoji_stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:
  11. BeanFishWell Known MemberMember

    Kale is good with smoothies... when you cover up the taste with blueberries and stuff like that LOL.
    I guess different snails have different taste.
  12. KarenSoCalWell Known MemberMember

    No explaining some people's taste! Kale is good!

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