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Hello! This is my first post on here but I will try to be as clear as possible. I got a mystery snail 2 weeks ago and lately it has been staying stuck to the wall of the tank right below the waterline. He stays in pretty much the exact same spot the entire day, and I'm worried that he isnt getting any food ( I provide blanched zucchini, which he originally loved, bottom feeder pellets, and algae pellets. none are being eaten.) after sitting for long periods of time, he closes up and rapidly falls. he doesnt open up again for about 20 minutes- when he does, he then goes right back up. He is in a tank with a very energetic, but friendly/nonaggressive betta. I'll fill out all of the "Sick fish" template below- thank you in advance!
What is the water volume of the tank? 3.5 gallons
How long has the tank been running? about 4 weeks.
Does it have a filter? yes, hang on back small whisper filter.
Does it have a heater? Used to, but the water was 82 and I read that it can upset snails. so, my room temp is now about 77, with the tank reading the same.
What is the water temperature? 77
What is the entire stocking of this tank? (Please list all fish and inverts.) 1 male veiltail betta & 1 ivory mystery snail.
How often do you change the water? I change water out around once-twice a week.
How much of the water do you change? about 30%
What do you use to treat your water? Betta bowl plus, and one that removes chlorine and adds a slime coat.
Do you vacuum the substrate or just the water? I have not gotten a siphon yet but I am planning to within the next week.
*Parameters - Very Important
Did you cycle your tank before adding fish? I let it run after adding starter bacteria and conditioner for about a week.
What do you use to test the water? I have test strips.
What are your parameters? We need to know the exact numbers, not just “fine” or “safe”.
*the strips react by color, so I would need to give an estimation, sorry!*
Ammonia: Unkown, but use a conditioner that eliminates ammonia
pH: around 7.4
How often do you feed your fish? Betta- once a day, snail- I drop food in every day but he rarely eats it.
How much do you feed your fish? betta- a small pinch of protein/fiber flakes, snail- bottom feeder pellets, algae wafers, and blanched zucchini.
What brand of food do you feed your fish? Tetra, Api, and hikari
Do you feed frozen or freeze-dried foods? no
Illness & Symptoms
How long have you had this fish? about 2 weeks
How long ago did you first notice these symptoms? four days ago
In a few words, can you explain the symptoms? Stays at top, and will close up almost fully then falls very rapidly to the bottom. he will then sit closed up for about 15-20 minutes before showing movement, then he goes right back up to the top (ignoring all food)
Have you started any treatment for the illness? I read that they can behave abnormally due to calcium deficiencies so i added a calcium tablet, but thats it.
Was your fish physically ill or injured upon purchase? he seemed to be very active in the store tank, which is why i chose him. his shell looked slightly thin, but not bad compared to the others.
How has its behavior and appearance changed, if at all? more lethargic? went from very energetic and exploring the tank all day to staying in one spot and not moving.