Is My Snail Dead?

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    abheeshs Valued Member Member

    How to tell if my mystery snail is dying/dead? It haven't moved for the last 24 hours. I poked it, nothing. I tried to pull back the cover, it went more deep inside.
     
  2. el337

    el337 Fishlore Legend Member

    You'll know immediately if it's dead by smelling it. But if it actually retreated back further into its shell, it's alive. Sometimes they take naps so I would keep a close eye for a few more days. And try not to poke or mess with it.
     
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    abheeshs Valued Member Member

    I normally won't bother when it plays dead for a whole day, but this time it has been more than that. And I am changing my pH.
     


  4. el337

    el337 Fishlore Legend Member

    Why are you changing your pH?
     
  5. aquatickeeper

    aquatickeeper Fishlore VIP Member

    Better not to change your pH unless your water is too acidic or alkaline or if you are keeping wild caught or sensitive fish that do not live in your tap water's pH.
     
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    abheeshs Valued Member Member

    I have STS which pulls down my pH, using baking soda to counter it.
     


  7. el337

    el337 Fishlore Legend Member

    Sorry, STS?
     
  8. OP
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    abheeshs Valued Member Member

    Sorry, Safe-T-Sorb.
     
  9. el337

    el337 Fishlore Legend Member

    What does your pH get to without the baking soda? As long as it stays stable, I wouldn't bother with it. Constant pH fluctuations will kill your inhabitants.
     
  10. OP
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    abheeshs Valued Member Member

    It went to 6.2 from 7 in couple days. Now back up to 6.8. I need to monitor it until the substrate is saturated.

    Can it be lack of food for the snail? I don't feed them anything. Is algae wafers safe?
     
  11. el337

    el337 Fishlore Legend Member

    I'm not really familiar with STS and what it does but I suggest getting a liquid KH/GH test kit. That's a huge drop in pH and very dangerous to fish/inverts. I'm guessing you have a low to non-existent KH which is what regulates your pH. You want at least 5dKH to keep your pH stable. You'll want to test the GH too as inverts need very hard water (at least 9/10 dGH). If you do find you have a low KH/GH, adding things like crushed coral, cuttlebone, limestone and crushed shells will stabilize your pH and increase your KH/GH.

    Definitely feed your mystery snail.. they're not like other snails where they can get by without nothing being fed to them. I would drop in a fresh veggie that's been washed really well every day. They love zucchini, spinach, cucumber and unsalted canned green beans. Algae wafers are fine too.
     
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    abheeshs Valued Member Member

    Last time I tested, my GH/KH was 25/20.
     
  13. el337

    el337 Fishlore Legend Member

    Too low. Definitely add one or more of the things suggested above to increase both.
     
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    abheeshs Valued Member Member

    Thank you, now I understand it was in ppm not gKH.

    Where can I get these materials?
     
  15. el337

    el337 Fishlore Legend Member

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    abheeshs Valued Member Member

    Can I put a full cuttlebone in my 10g tank? Will it cause too much swing?
     
  17. el337

    el337 Fishlore Legend Member

    You can add the whole thing in. It will slowly dissolve enough to increase the amount of carbonates needed.
     
  18. OP
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    abheeshs Valued Member Member

    Awesome, thanks!

    on a related note, the snail is up and about :)
     
  19. el337

    el337 Fishlore Legend Member

    Great news!
     
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    abheeshs Valued Member Member

    It finally died, don't know why!