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Zebra Nerites
January 12, 2011
2:55 pm
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I have 2 Zebra Nerite Snails that I've had for a couple of months, one was normal and plodded along and did the thing snails usually did, however the other one has always been a bit strange, some days I'd find him lying on his back in the middle of the gravel, I used to put him up the right way and he'd plod round like the other for a while and then go upside down again. I was told by the LFS to leave him to right himself and I did and he did, but since then he's never moved from the one spot.

This morning I found the second snail on his back, I've left him for now to see how he goes on, but is this normal behaviour for snails? I've had them in the past and never really noticed this happening. And how do you tell if a snail's dead, as I said the first one hasn't moved for about 4 days now, is this normal or could he be dead? /unsure.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":unsure:" border="0" alt="unsure.gif" />

January 12, 2011
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Use your nose - a dead snail will be very obvious if you lift it out! /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

never heard of them getting "stuck though"

January 12, 2011
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Well they're not dead, I had them both out this afternoon and when I put them back the second one shot up the glass, but since then he fell off and is still on his back /rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" />

January 12, 2011
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Most nerites need some salt in the water - maybe that's affecting them? Also how much water movement is there?

Cake or death?
January 13, 2011
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Not a lot, the tank (a Fluval Chi) has a waterfall effect at the top, so its quite choppy up there, but its quite a deep tank and I don't think there's much movement at the bottom.

I didn't know about salt, I've got some aquarium salt I could put in. But I'm thinking of setting up a brackish tank, would Nerites be suitable for that?

January 13, 2011
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Yes, very. They mostly live in tidal zones in nature so turbulent conditions are also ideal for them.

I wish these weren't sold for freshwater tanks. /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" />

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