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Snail photos
« on: April 06, 2016, 05:05:01 PM »
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A thread to show off your snails pics  :)

Here are most of my nerites. I couldn't see one of them anywhere, it'll be hiding on a piece of wood.

Using my numbering system from my Whitespot thread here are

#1. Grey with lighter grey spots. I have 2 of these, this is the one in the betta's tank. They are both 1 cm across the longest axis of their oval bodies, bought December 2014. The one in the 180 litre likes crawling along the glass just below the top of the sand so it is very difficult to photograph.

#2. Orange red with black markings. This snail is slightly bigger at about 1.25 cm. Also bought December 2014.

#4. Zebra nerite. This is the largest of the nerites at 2 cm. Bought July 2011. Yes, I do mean 2011. This is the snail that survived out of water for..... I'm not actually sure how long.

#5. Larger orange red with black markings. This is the second biggest snail at a tad under 2 cm. Also bought in July 2011. This is the snail I couldn't find when I needed to treat the tank for whitespot so it survived almost a day with the medication in the tank

#6. Bee nerite. This is a small snail at just 1 cm. Bought December 2013.

#3 is the one I can't find at the moment.



The white spots on the wood in a couple of photos are nerite eggs. These are the only downside to nerites. They don't hatch and stay on the decor for ever.

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Re: Snail photos
« Reply #50 on: October 02, 2018, 02:56:05 PM »
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It is always possible that it's an acclimatisation issue. Or that they were in the post for 2 days nights when the weather was quite cold.
My usual source for nerites is sadly no longer available. It was a Maidenhead Aquatics that was destroyed when the garden centre burned down earlier this year.

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Re: Snail photos
« Reply #51 on: October 02, 2018, 04:46:33 PM »
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Sorry to hear that about your snails. That's such a massive shame that one has passed and the others aren't looking great.  :(

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Re: Snail photos
« Reply #52 on: October 02, 2018, 07:05:03 PM »
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Sorry to hear about your snails @Sue . What do you think the issue with acclimatisation might be?

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Re: Snail photos
« Reply #53 on: October 02, 2018, 07:08:59 PM »
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Very sorry to read about this, @Sue - I recall well how the smaller one of the two snails I got a few months ago succumbed in similar fashion to your clithons ie: ok to begin with, then onto its back (then began to develop a faint smell and lost its trapdoor after ~4.5 days). I think it's worth feeding back to where you got them from, just in case they need to rethink their supplier or change their protocols in terms of when to send them out, etc.


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Re: Snail photos
« Reply #54 on: October 02, 2018, 07:19:55 PM »
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I just wondered if ProShrimp has hard water while I have soft. However, I couldn't acclimatise them like fish because they arrived wrapped in wet paper towels inside a taped up tub, a typical way of posting snails.

And I bought them late on a Thursday, they were posted next Monday just as the weather turned very cold and spent 2 days and nights in transit which can't have helped.

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Re: Snail photos
« Reply #55 on: October 02, 2018, 08:49:41 PM »
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Sorry to hear about this @Sue. I'm afraid I've not much knowledge with snails and therefore I don't have much advice to offer... but I am gutted for you nevertheless.

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Re: Snail photos
« Reply #56 on: October 05, 2018, 04:50:41 PM »
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I assume there's been no resurrection on the part of any of the 3 snails..?

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Re: Snail photos
« Reply #57 on: October 05, 2018, 05:02:18 PM »
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No, all three are dead  :(
The first one to be definitely dead was the red one - its trapdoor fell of and it smelled horrible. It had not moved or come out of its shell since the moment I unpacked them.
Neither of the Clithons had moved for days and were not attached to the walls of the tub they were in, then when I picked up the tub the trapdoor fell off one of them. These both went exploring for a few days then first one, then the other fell off the glass and lay on their backs with no sign of life, which is why they were back in a tub.

The nerite that's been in the betta's tank for ages is still crawling round quite happily, and the 4 shrimps I put in there as an experiment are also still doing well. The female has mated in there and is carrying eggs. This betta does not seem to notice anything in his tank besides his reflection and food which is why I thought I'd try the shrimps. He's totally ignored them.

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Re: Snail photos
« Reply #58 on: October 05, 2018, 05:20:48 PM »
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Sorry to hear that all of your new snails have perished.  :(
It's always possible that the shop received a bad batch from their supplier, though that's not much comfort for you at the moment.

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Re: Snail photos
« Reply #59 on: October 06, 2018, 09:33:57 AM »
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We all learn from experience. I will remember in future not to buy snails in cold weather, and if I do get any more to make sure I see the postage options. These snails came by second class post and I now realise I could have opted for next day delivery  :-[


On a brighter note, a lot of the snails I bought years ago are still doing well even if their shells are showing their age  :) Using the numbering system from the beginning of this thread I still have
#1 grey snail which looks the same shape as black helmet nerites bought Dec 2014 (betta's tank)
#4 zebra nerite, bought July 2011
#5 red with black markings, bought July 2011
#6 bee nerite, bought Dec 2013

#2 and #3 died earlier this year, both bought Dec 2014; and two of #1 died in 2017 after I put them into the betta's tank too soon after using a med in there.

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Re: Snail photos
« Reply #60 on: October 06, 2018, 11:27:46 AM »
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Really sorry to read about your snails, Sue. Pro-Shrimp always sent out their items by 1st class delivery until very recently (within the last month or two) when that changed. If I were you, I'd feed back to them about your experience and the death of your snails - perhaps they ought to have an advisory note on their website, advising choosing 1st class delivery for livestock, and it might be useful for them to know that the stock may not be very robust.

That seems quite impressive that you have some snails still alive which are aged 7+!

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Re: Snail photos
« Reply #61 on: October 06, 2018, 11:41:28 AM »
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The two 2011 snails came from a seller on Ebay (who no longer exists) which is even more impressive!

The bee nerite was from Pets at Home, and the rest from Maidenhead Aquatics.

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Re: Snail photos
« Reply #62 on: October 07, 2018, 07:02:18 AM »
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I'm very impressed with the longevity of your remaining snails.  8)

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Re: Snail photos
« Reply #63 on: October 08, 2018, 05:19:32 PM »
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I had just finished emptying old water during a water change when I spotted the zebra nerite at the front of the tank. It was in such a good position that I just had to photograph it before refilling the tank.

This snail was bought off Ebay in July 2011, and it is definitely showing its age.

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Re: Snail photos
« Reply #64 on: October 08, 2018, 06:29:21 PM »
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Wow! Its shell looks like it is nearly in 2 parts! Really interesting so see all the chips out of the shell (I assume that's what all the marks are).

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Re: Snail photos
« Reply #65 on: October 08, 2018, 06:35:06 PM »
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The part of the right at the pointy end is the original growth. Then there seemed to a sort of crack and the new growth added after that is thin black wiggly lines rather than definite stripes. The divider line between the two patterns sort of eroded down leaving that crevasse, and several spots eroded into pits. The point of the shell has also gone, leaving a white flattish area where the point used to be. If I can catch it the other way round I'll take more photos, but it's round at the back of the tank now.

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Re: Snail photos
« Reply #66 on: October 08, 2018, 08:08:19 PM »
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That snail's shell is fascinating. I'd love to see more pics of this one, as and when you can get them.

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Re: Snail photos
« Reply #67 on: October 08, 2018, 09:29:33 PM »
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Firstly, great photo. Secondly, that is absolutely fascinating; while I can see a thread-like 'divide' in both of my nerites' shells, with a slightly different pattern on each side, it is nothing in comparison with this - this almost looks like marshmallow and is very impressive.  ;D

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« Reply #68 on: October 08, 2018, 09:33:43 PM »
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Compare the latest zebra nerite photo with the one in the first post (also at the top of this page). The earlier one was taken 2 1/2 years ago. If you look carefully, you can just see the crevasse in the earlier photo - it's right on the curve of the shell and very foreshortened by the angle of the photo.

If I can manage a photo from a different angle, you'll see that the stripes on the newer edge of the shell are at right angles to the stripes nearer the point.

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