Mystery Snail Eating

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    I have a mystery snail and I got him around 3-4 months ago. I'm concerned he isn't eating enough. He can sometimes be pretty lethargic and not move for days. I used to plunk an algae wafer in the tank and call it that, and sometimes give zuchinni. I know he needs protien, i'm working on it. How do I get him to eat?
     
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    Sorry I had to type that in a rush. He's in a 10 gallon tank. The one time i tried to take him out to eat, he curled up and wouldn't move. Would a breeder box work?
     
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    Is the betta harassing him at all? Also, how does his shell look currently? I have one who spent a few months being lethargic, which has caused some definite ridges in his shell growth (would just be lazy and not eat for a while, lol). I would try changing up foods and see if that gets his attention. Maybe some blood worms or some different veggies. I've had good luck with green beans and broccoli in addition to zucchini.
     
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    My betta has never harmed any of them, the most he did was bump my red one once, then he left it alone. He had a problem with his shell so I added cuttlebone and it healed, for them most part. Do freeze dried bloodworms work?
     
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    I recently started feeding shrimp pellets by Omega One and the Hikari Sinking Pellets (in the orange bag) to my plecos and corys, and my mysteries have discovered they love the stuff! They refuse to touch the food they used to go crazy for! haha Mine have never been a huge fan of zucchini, they basically just crawl around it. Maybe yours will like the pellets, too!
     
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    Thanks! Link?
     
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    Yes, and they look adorable slurping them up!
     
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    Thank you. Any ways to get him to find his food? Should I place him near them?
     
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    You can try, or if you have a breeder box available, you can put him in there with a few of them for a bit to see if he's inclined to come out and eat.
     
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    A healthy hungry snail seems to smell the presence of food and will hunt it down. There's no need to place the food near them. Mine likes Tetra Pleco wafers and API bottom feeder pellets that have high protein. He also likes shelled peas. He's doing great and has about a half inch of new shell growth in only 3 weeks of having him.

    They can go dormant for long periods of time and even float around the tank with their shells closed. This is usually after having a good meal.
     
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    I wrote this in another thread. Mine go crazy for snello! (Snail jello.) They always seek out the food. Having a small glass bowl at the bottom will allow you to keep the food contained, and then you can tell 1) if the snail is eating and 2) you can easily remove it once it’s been in there too long, either with another skewer, tweezers, or a turkey baster

     
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    What kind of baby food? And thanks.
     
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    I use organic usually if I can find it or at least non-gmo, anything without additives (usually those ones are in jars), nothing citrus, and mainly stick to veggies. The more sugar, the more it can cloud your water and affect water quality. I’ve heard to add a dab of honey next time if they don’t go for it.

    I purchased more at the store yesterday. Common ones or combos:
    -Peas, spinach, zucchini (they loved this one but I used flavored berry tums, so I’m going to try again without since I didn’t know better)
    -Sweet potatoes (heard they’re very popular)
    -Summer squash, and I mixed it with apples and blueberries for color (mine don’t seem to like that one)
    -Carrots
    -Green beans
    -Pumpkin
    -Butternut squash
    -Peas
    -Corn (have heard sweet corn is popular)

    The ones highest in calcium are best. I try to buy the combos too, but you can also combine them for a double batch or just half and half, but I think most baby food says to refrigerate and use within 3 days.

    Everyone’s mystery snails seem to enjoy different veggies, so there will probably be some experimentation needed. I’ve also boiled frozen organic carrots and green beans for them, but mine didn’t take to those like they did the boiled zucchini.

    I’ll double check what I bought yesterday and add any I forgot.
     
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    These snails also need animal protein. They are not strictly herbivorous like Nerites. The veggies are good but they need the meat protein as well.

    That "Snello" just seems like too much work to me.
     
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    I think the ingredients in API Bottom Feeder Pellets are pretty good for Mysteries, and if my Betta gets some of it, it's good for him too.

    Ingredients:
    Whole menhaden fish meal
    Whole wheat
    Shrimp meal
    Wheat middlings
    Squid meal
    Pea protein
    Brewer's dried yeast
    Fish oil
    Cane molasses
    Dried seaweed meal
    The usual litany of supplements and vitamins

    It may not be gluten free but I don't care about that in what I eat lol. I supplement this with algae wafers as well.
     
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    Thanks.
     
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    When I'm making it, I usually toss in a few cubes of the frozen blood worms, or frozen carnivore mixes in addition to the veggies. It's not nearly as much work as it sounds like
     
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