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 Snail Health, Snail Fungus on rim of shell
VetTech
Posted: Mar 21 2012, 11:24 AM


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Hi Robyn, Thanks for your article on Snail Health. I have had snails for years and always have them die after 1 year usually to fungus that grows on the rims of their shell. I recently took the pH and was shocked that it was as low as 6. I probably neglected to clean the tank for a while and had no idea the pH was so low. I cleaned the tank and added some declorinator to the tank which always helps to bring the water from out of the tap 8pH to a neutral 7pH. Now I realize my snail is more lethargic and not going after lettuce pieces or small amounts of carrot I put in the tank as treats. I also see him hanging out floating at the top or bottom of the tank with his underside exposed. He is still alive and can move but I am pretty sure he's sick. I used a new tooth brush to lightly wipe off the fungus and a small amount of algae on his shell. His shell is pitted white and a lighter yellow color than when I got him. I read about cuttle bone and crushed some up and placed it in a netted bag in the filter to hopefully help his shell strengthen.

I guess I'll see how he does in the next few days. I am too afraid to use anything harsher and will just monitor for any new fungus growth.

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Robyn
Posted: Mar 21 2012, 05:55 PM


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Welcome to the forum!

I'm sorry about your snail. I hope he gets better soon. How bad is the fungus? I guess you read how that one person used hydrogen peroxide to treat her apple snail.


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VetTech
Posted: Mar 24 2012, 11:36 PM


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Yes, I did read about the hyrdrogen peroxide treatment. I didn't have to use it though. After scrubbing his shell once I believe I got most of the fungus off. He lay there in his tank upside down for one more day without moving an inch. But the next day I noticed him climbing on the glass acting more alert than he has in days. He has stopped sleeping upside down now at the top of the water and on the floor of his tank. I see him going after his romaine lettuce leaf as well and he seems to have a good appetite.

Now I'm going to start keeping a log of the pH once a week to make sure that it doesn't fall so low. I also want his shell to strengthen and lose those pits. Hopefully the cuttle bone I crushed up and placed in the filter will help. Do you know how long it will take to see results? Thanks

Alison
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Robyn
Posted: Mar 25 2012, 04:31 PM


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I'm glad he's better! It may take a few weeks for the cuttlebone to dissolve enough to raise the hardness. The more acidic that your water is, the faster the cuttlebone (or crushed oyster shells or crushed coral) will dissolve. You could also buy a liquid preparation for aquariums to raise the hardness and pH instantly. I hope he continues to get better!


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Broxandval
  Posted: Apr 4 2012, 11:18 AM


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[U]Hi VetTech
You can also make PH pills that will do the same job.
They are made from Plaster of Paris and you mould them by using bowls, then by adding just enough water to start the reaction needed.
Then you need to allow it to harden for a period of 48 hours .
It can then be placed in the tank where it slowly disolves leaving your water crystal clear.
They can be made any size for pond or tank and will do the same job as the oyster shell crushed coral or as we use on our pond Lithaqua or calcified seaweed as it is known, we hope this gives you other ideas

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