Well Neptune was all alone...

Discussion in 'Snails' started by haedra, Apr 3, 2010.

  1. haedra

    haedra Well Known Member Member

    ...so I got him a roomie!

  2. Shawnie

    Shawnie Fishlore Legend Member

    NICE looking roomie!!!! great colors
  3. Elodea

    Elodea Well Known Member Member

    Is that a mystery snail? We don't get those that are that pretty around here!

  4. B

    Borisbbadd Guest

    Cool roomie !!!
  5. OP

    haedra Well Known Member Member

    Thanks guys. :)

    Elodea-yes that is indeed a mystery snail.

    Once I got him home and acclimated him he parked himself on the side of the tank for hours, until I turned out all the lights. Once the lights were off, he started prowling around, and is now happily munching on a leaf of spinach I put in there for him. :)
  6. OP

    haedra Well Known Member Member

    Ok snail gurus, I have a question.

    I actually purchased 2 that day. One was for Merlot's tank. I knew I was probably pushing it bioload-wise, but thought I could get away with it because of the tank size and the dense fast growing plant I have in there. The other of course, went in Neptune's tank.

    The one in Neptune's tank behaved as I expected, and was sedentary all day until I flipped off the lights. At that point it went right for the spinach leaf, and this morning looks like about half of it is gone. He also found a new place to "park" for the day, in the shadow of some deco.

    The other one though is a little different. Instead of pasting himself on the side, he ended up burying himself partway within the substrate. I didn't think much of it at the time, and thought it would be ok. Well, regardless of my plans with that tank, I ended up removing him and putting him in the tank with Neptune and the other snail; because Merlot was a bit too interested in him for my comfort. So to be safe instead of sorry, I took him out this morning, and put him in the bigger tank. Now, I expected once Mr. Evil Betta was no longer around, that he would also find a place to park on the side, like the other one. But instead, he once again just buried himself in my substrate!

    So my question is... is this behavior "normal" for a mystery snail? I was under the impression that they might rest during the day on the sides of the tanks...not under the substrate. Or is this particular little guy perhaps a bit more shellshocked than the other? The one in the pic has settled into a routine already. He is eating and pooping quite nicely, and I've always held that to be the best sign of health. But the other.. is just acting strange to me. Or is it not so strange?

    Any advice is appreciated!

    Here is what the golden one has done to himself:


    And yes, because I couldn't resist sharing...this is Neptune tasting snail poo.

    Last edited: Apr 4, 2010
  7. rainman

    rainman Well Known Member Member

    I don't know your parameters Nitrate wise. snails will hide in the substrate if the nitrate levels are not to there liking. He could still be getting used to the tank, and is just taking advantage of the soft substrate for more protection. Or he is being pestered at night.
  8. OP

    haedra Well Known Member Member

    I think he is just a bit more shy than the other one (I didn't know that was possible). As soon as the lights flipped off for the night I spied on him when he didn't know I was looking; and he was out and prowling about.
  9. i

    ilikefish Valued Member Member

    rofl! you sure he didn't know? hes got some nifty eyes lol
  10. OP

    haedra Well Known Member Member

    Hehe, true enough.
  11. Aquarist

    Aquarist Fishlore Legend Member

    You have some beautiful snails Haedra! I'm glad to hear they're doing well!
    They really are some amazing creatures.

  12. OP

    haedra Well Known Member Member

    Alright, now I need names. While I'm normally into robust or mythological type names for my fish, I think the snails need rather "goofy" names.. ;)

    I am having a hard time coming up with anything. Suggestions are welcome!
  13. i

    ilikefish Valued Member Member

  14. bolivianbaby

    bolivianbaby Fishlore Legend Member

  15. rainman

    rainman Well Known Member Member

  16. OP

    haedra Well Known Member Member

    Well so far I rather like Dozer. ;)

    Aren't they cute? Bosom buddies.

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  17. Furallicah

    Furallicah Well Known Member Member

    Hey I have a snail like that...just a little bit bigger.....XD


    His name is Homer lol
  18. OP

    haedra Well Known Member Member

    I'm hoping with some TLC that my shells can look like yours; these guys are fairly new, so they are a bit on the "battered and bruised" side from being at the pet store. They seem to be behaving ok though. :)
  19. Furallicah

    Furallicah Well Known Member Member

    Homer is my pride and joy with my snails. He could eat the other two....lol. All I do is feed him Hikari brand algae wafers. And what little algae gorws in Platos tank before a water change. He just exploded in size after about a month. I have a new snail His name is Apollo...I got him he was the size of a dime. Now he's more like a quarter size. I've had him for about a month now. Homer is about 4 months old. I know mysteries get big but jeezs lol. Something about Hikari...lol.

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