Mystery Snails at PetSmart

AllHallowsEve31

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So I went to Petsmart today, and I saw a tank that must have been a bit larger than 5 gallons, and it had a bunch of glofish, and about 10-15 Gold mystery snails, which I am interested in. But as I watched them for a few minutes, not one of them moved, and two of them were upside down, with their foot visible and no movement. One of the upside down snails was near the edge and still didn't move when I tapped the glass. Is this normal behavior? could they have been dead?
 

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The upside down ones may be dead, they may just be stuck though. Since none of them were moving around try to find one that's stuck to the glass at least, they may just be unhappy with their current water quality and will perk back up. As long as their trapdoor closes when poked they're alive.

 

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Pet Smart tends to not take the dead animals out right away, I don't know why, I always tell them and they shrug their shoulders and say okay. Most likely dead.
 
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I just don't see the point of having multiple workers in the a pet store and not having someone monitor over the lives of these animals :/
 

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One of our petsmart stores is that way :/, the other one is really good though so it really seems to depend on the staff.

The problem with snails is that they often appear dead when they're not, when they're unhappy they either seal up tight and sort of seem to hibernate, or they lay there half in/half out of their shells. They usually recover if their water quality is fixed. If you can find a few whose trap doors close when touched, I say get them, think of it as a rescue mission, lol.

 
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lol I was going to get one for a 10 gallon, but now I think ill get two, considering those conditions.
 
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okay, so I got a Blue mystery snail who seemed to be alive, and the worker even did a smell test, but when I put it in my tank it doesn't seem to be moving, and looks like this:
IMG_3486.jpg is it alive?
 
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Done! looks like he did tuck in a bit when I did that, I wasn't sure if I should touch him before as I didn't want to frighten it, but also there is a small piece of gravel caught between his foot and inner shell. Should I try to remove it or just leave it be?
 

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I'd leave him be. He can work the gravel out if it's bothering him Pretty snail though! The blue is beautiful.
 

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It wouldn't hurt to go ahead and put a fresh veggie in there in case it decides to eat. Just let it be for a while, they can take a bit to settle in and decide they're not being eaten, lol.

 
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Just to update, I went to a different local pet store and absolutely had to get a golden mystery snail, So, as soon as I did a water change and placed him in, he started moving immediately and ate half an algae wafer! And then my blue snail started moving its tentacle slightly! lol These things are so cool
 
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So, my blue snail crawled on top of my filter right above the sponge pre-filter, Maybe he is still scared, but I am afraid that he isn't eating. Yesterday when I tried to feed him, my golden snail ate it instead :/,s so he didn't eat yesterday, or today. Is he okay? should I try to pry him off?
 

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My blue mystery snails have showed behavior like this before. I've noticed that some of my snails are just... well.... sluggish and just don't run around the tank as some of the others. As long as he's in a different place every time you see him and he's still eating you should be good. He may have climbed to the top of the filter to eat some goodies up there. My guys have made short shore excursions before and haven't been worse for wear.
 
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Thanks! Also, he is still pretty small and young, so maybe that's why he's more timid. My bigger snail is all over the place lol.
 

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I wouldn't worry about it, as long as he's not out of the water he's fine. What have you been feeding them so far? With mine, different snails have different tastes, the girls seem to need/want more protein than the boys also so you might throw a shrimp pellet in there and see if there are any takers.

 

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