My First Mystery Snail

Zenial

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Hi all!

I just purchased my first snail! A mystery snail!

I'm having eggs for lunch! Boiling at the moment.

I've cut up some zucchini rounds, and popped them in a snack pack in the fridge.

I acclimatised him as I would a normal fish, then plucked him out the bag and put him in my tank. Surprisingly slimy shell (feels weird to say that about a sea creature lol).

After posting this, I'm going to clean a wooden skewer for his personal feeding use.

I'm 100% sure he can't be sucked in by my filter.

So far my only concern is my pH is below 7, how damaging is this short term? Taking action to adjust my water supply now.

applesnail.net is down at the moment, so what else should I know?

And most importantly, his name is Bob

EDIT: And what's that giant thing coming out the side of it for....!?!
EDIT2: Rather than using egg shells, is it better to use a cuttlefish bone fragment?
EDIT3: Bob is a girl. But I still like that name for a snail, changed to Bobby Jean.
EDIT4: First veg on a skewer, a little more difficult than I thought - almost harpooned a fish I'll just use my hand...
 
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Hello Zenial,

I use egg shells in my tank for the calcium and feeding them zucchini. I've read that the cuttlefish bone is good too but I've never used it. Bob...cute name for her.
For very short term your pH below 7.0 might be ok...it really needs to be above 7.0 though soon as you know.




One of our members RainMan has a snail anatomy photo in his signature. Do a search for Rainman or check his profile.

Have fun!

Ken
 

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If you ever feed your fish blood worms make sure your snail gets some. Mine LOVES them, I hold them up by him and he slurps them like spaghetti, fun to watch.
 

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wait, i have a little question....i have nerites and i have crushed up egg shells in my tank. but how long should i leave them in for? and can they be raw shells, or should they be boiled. i did the former.
 

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Hello Jeri,

I use raw, rinsed egg shells. I'm not certain if boiling them will cause any nutrients to be removed or not. I place them in a mesh bag and hide them in my tank. I leave them in until they dissolve then I add new one.

Ken
 

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thanks ken! so i have had mine is for at least two weeks and they are still in there. are they supposed to dissolve completely? they seem to not be? i have mine in some pantyhose i cut.
 

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There are so many variables that could account for the slow dissolution of the egg shells: size of tank, size of the holes in the fabric, water flow, pH, amount of calcium already in the water. It should be fine.
 

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thank u. the size of the holes are pretty small cos it's pantyhose. and the tank is 20g.....so i don' tknow. thanks for the advice.......
 

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Jeri it may take a month or more for the eggs to dissolve. The white will completely disappear and then there will be a film type substance left in the hose. When you don't see any more white then I would exchange it for new egg shells.

Ken
 
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