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m3rcury
07/24/2006, 12:10 PM
i had 9 turbo snails and over the past 2 weeks, 3 have died. i suspect this may be from starvation. how would i feed the remaining snails so that i can avoid unnecessary deaths? my tank is a 40 breeder.

bertoni
07/24/2006, 12:15 PM
You could try placing some nori into the tank. The snails might eat that.

m3rcury
07/24/2006, 12:21 PM
how would i do that in such a way that my hermits and fish don't simply eat it all up? maybe take the turbos out of the main tank for a while and put them in my fuge with some nori?

bertoni
07/24/2006, 12:49 PM
Hmm, that's a lot of work. I'd just try putting some in the tank first. Otherwise, I'd give away the snails, but the refugium idea might be fine.

angelsj247
07/24/2006, 12:52 PM
my snails kept dying because my nitrates were ranged 20-40. I finally got them to 0 and now they are all fine. Make sure your nitrates are down.

angelsj247
07/24/2006, 12:53 PM
9 might be to many for a 40 gal. also

jerehmy
07/24/2006, 12:54 PM
do the snails hang out by the surface, I was told once that if the water is bad then they will die and hang out by the surface more

Good Luck

m3rcury
07/24/2006, 01:13 PM
my nitrates are a bit high - around 20ppm. i'm currently working on getting that down. no, they don't stay near the top of the water. they mostly stay in the sand during the day and then crawl the walls at night.

moving them into the fuge would be easy - they are big, easy to catch, and almost always toward the front of the tank.

there's only 6 left, so i'll try feeding them in the fuge. when you say nori, you just mean the sheets of nori they sell at the grocery store. right?

angelsj247
07/24/2006, 02:34 PM
yah the sheets. your nitrates may be the problem, snails are very sensitive to that.

bertoni
07/24/2006, 03:53 PM
I don't particularly believe that snails are sensitive to nitrate in that range. I've kept snails and not had problems with higher levels, and there's no evidence of nitrate toxicity that anyone has ever found in the literature.

[17]shawn[17]
07/24/2006, 05:00 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=7805137#post7805137 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by bertoni
I don't particularly believe that snails are sensitive to nitrate in that range. I've kept snails and not had problems with higher levels, and there's no evidence of nitrate toxicity that anyone has ever found in the literature.


i agree

bsaastad
07/24/2006, 06:13 PM
You don't say how long these snails have been in your tank. Are they an established population that just started dying, or are they new? Just a thought, but if they are new, how were they acclimated? Their vascular systems are quite delicate and can easily rupture if not acclimated slowly.

m3rcury
07/24/2006, 07:14 PM
they have been in the tank for 4 months. that's why i'm puzzled. they were fine, then suddenly i lost 3 in two weeks.