Yesterday, 09:14 AM
Join Date: May 2020
Location: San Jose, CA
| | Re: Bladder Snail's Hanging High and Deteriorating
I was going to ask if they are moving around and/or if there is a strong current in the tank. My snails, especially the ramshorn snails, will have their shells swaying in the breeze off in crazy directions compared to where their bodies are.
I thought I'd just note something I recently learned about de-chlorinators and my blackworms, which may also affect snails, if the amount is too high - I recently accidentally put the wrong amount (20x what I should have added!) of API tap water conditioner into my tank, which just has blackworms, snails and one shrimp in it. A BUNCH of the blackworms died instantly from whatever is in the dechlorinator. The snails were okay and so was the shrimp. And, not all of the blackworms died, just the ones that were right where I poured it in.
The snails and the shrimp feasted on the dead bodies, at least their deaths weren't in vain.
But, I wondered if there were ill effects from a tap water conditioner, in your case.
I'll also mention that my snails' shells also appeared to have problems at first, but they look amazing now in my hard water. So, mine also were just growing really quickly in my tank.
I wish API put the ingredients of whatever is in that dechlorinator on the bottle. But, I no longer use it at all in my two tanks, both of which have blackworms and snails in them. I just keep about 10 gallons of tap water sitting out so the chlorine can evaporate between water changes.
Anyway, for what it's worth, just be aware that some stuff that says it's safe for everybody in the tank - might not be. Granted, in my case I put 20 ml instead of 1 ml in my tank. Really dumb mistake - the directions said 1ml per 20 gallons, and my old timer's mind translated that into 1ml per gallon (as my tank is a 20 gallon tank). Still, there is something in that solution that is deadly to worms and they should mention that - even if it's only deadly if someone makes an error.