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Sara Shissler

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  1. Are you kidding? Mine lay at least two clutches a week. All they do is mate. I must have inadvertently created a snail paradise.

    You are right. It is both a blessing and a curse. If I get any more, I won't have space for them.

  2. I've got apple snail babies. I didn't want them, but I've got them!

    I thought I was doing a good job of clearing the clutches of eggs (there are many of these) but apparently I missed a few—five to be exact.

    I really don't know how they made it this far, but they seem to be doing great, and they are growing fast. Now I really do have to get that second 55g started so I have a place to put them all! I guess I could have gotten rid of them, but they are too cute.

    Thanks for looking!



  3. The cracks look fine. As long as the shell isn't open it usually isn't a problem. (One exception is a crack caused by impact. You can recognize those because they are sharper, thinner and more irregular without any whitening. Although I have to admit I'm not sure if it's the crack itself that's the problem or that the impact causing the crack caused other internal damage. I just know that impact cracks tend to come with problems :idont ). As for the vertical cracks your snail has the one recommendation I would make is to make sure your water has sufficient calcium content. One way to raise the calcium in your water is to add cuttlebone to your tank. Just boil it until it sinks, let it cool and toss it in you tank. Calcium from the cuttlebone with slowly dissolve into the water, but some snails will also eat it like a dietary supplement. It doesn't look like the cracks extend all the way to the front of the growing shell so I doubt that calcium content is a current issue, but it doesn't hurt to be sure. :)

    OK, then I won't worry. Can the cracks heal?

    Last month I started giving them calcium in the form of calcium carbonate tablets from the drugstore. I just plop one of them into the tank once or twice a week, and some of it dissolves, and then they eat some of it. That's what the white stuff in the picture is. It's kind of messy, though. Maybe I'll get a cuttlebone when they finish this bottle.

    I did have an apple snail escape once. Fortunately it was found by my boyfriend, who put it back in the tank and all was well. They sell plastic back covers at thatpetplace.com. I was planning on starting a dojo loach tank and will most definitely need one of those, since they like to jump!

    That looks perfect! Right now I have it rigged with left over filter floss, but it keeps moving around and getting into the tank.

    It is shocking to find an aquarium animal on the outside of the tank. That's lucky that your boyfriend spotted him. I was only inches away from stepping on mine the first time she came out. She made it all the way out into the hallway, and it was early morning, so it was dark.

    I don't know much about the snails, but I think it looks OK. If you worry, put some clear nail polish on it.

    Well, if it's not that bad, I think I'll just watch it for now. I've got enough nail polish around. It isn't toxic to the snails?

  4. Here are pictures of the lines on the escape snail's shell. She is the only one who has them, so I think they are from the trips outside.

    They are somewhat hard to see. They are the little white lines that go parallel with the dark purple stripes on the shell.

    Is this something to be worried about?




  5. No, I am definitely cycled. I just checked, and it is at 0 Ammonia, 0 Nitrite, 10ppm Nitrate, and 7.8 pH. There is also a new clutch of eggs today!

    Now, I am wondering if it is the Nitrates. I just changed the water 2 days ago, so that seems like a high nitrate reading for only two days. Although, I do have a hard time telling exactly which color the tube matches on the API chart. I had water quality issues in this tank before. It took a while to completely cycle because I guess I underestimated the bio-load of the snails. They grew really fast!

    Right now I have 5 of them in a 20 g with an Aquaclear 50 filter. But I used lots of Prime and did water changes daily or every other day until it finally cycled.

    I have also wondered if I am overfeeding the snails. I alternate between giving them two algae wafers or some pellets one day. Then the next day they get a big piece of veggie--usually cabbage or broccoli, and they just work on that until it is done. That can take a few days. Then they get their wafers again.

    I was originally going to put two of the snails into the goldie tank, but I decided against adding them because it took me so long to get the goldfish well, I'd hate to add anything unknown, and those snail antennae look to me like a goldfish might just mistake them for a tasty worms. My fish are such spazzes when it comes to food.

    I just scored another 55g on Craigslist, so I am planning on moving the snails to that, and then adding some kind of community of tropicals.

  6. Could it be related to breeding behavior? These snails mate all the time! This is another thing I've been wondering about. I've removed at least ten egg clutches in the last few weeks.

  7. I don't have apple snails, just nerites, but they escape quite regularly. I just watch for it now and push them back into the tank before they make it out. :rofl

    Mine have always done this and my water parameters are just fine . . . . :idont Although I'm sure if parameters are off, that would be one reason they would escape.

    So snails like adventure! She only seems to do it in the middle of the night. Maybe I'll stay up one of these days to see how she does it.

    According to applesnail.net Apple snails are actually designed to inhabit swampy areas, so although they are aquatic, they can survive out of the water for a week without issue. So your guy may just have a taste for adventure lol ( assuming water params are good of course) I wonder if you could use something like some filter padding to fill in gaps between equipment and the lid?

    Okay, so as long as it is normal. As far as I can tell the water parameters are good, unless they are super sensitive to nitrate. Even if she can tolerate being out of water, the fall from the shelf to the floor, can't be a good thing. Unless she is crawling all the way down? And then there is the cat....

    I have some spare screen from fixing a window somewhere. I will try that or some filter floss. Thanks, everyone!

  8. how is the water? snails don't always tolerate nitrate very well, i have heard that sometimes they try and crawl away if the levels are high. (Just an idea. Mod?)

    Oh, what would be a high nitrate level for them? I was under the impression that they were quite hardy.

  9. Hi there!

    So I have an apple snail that likes to take excursions out of the tank. Is this normal?

    The first time I found her on the floor, I couldn't even see how she was getting out of there. The only thing I can think of is that must be crawling up through the opening where the water flows in from the filter. An apple snail couldn't push up the lid--could it? Luckily, there is a plush carpet on the floor, and the cat did not find her first, but her shell does look a little beat up. It looks like there are some small white lines--not quite cracks--and there is a place where it looks like the pretty purple color has faded.

    I don't know how long she was out of the water each time. By the time I found her she had gone way up into the shell. After I put her back into the tank each time, she slowly came out and started behaving as normal.

    I need to find something to block the opening. I tried a towel today, but it got wet.

  10. This stuff is definitely working as advertised. I used it in the last water change, and today is the next water change day. The water still looks crystal clear, like it does right after a change. The fish look like they are floating in air! :D

    I took a teaspoon and swished it in a cup of water before pouring it in, so nobody swallowed any. :P

    I hope it is making them healthier too!

  11. Okay. So it isn't like a buffer or something that has to be exact.

    And so from what I've read, the benefits are clearer water, and minerals for the fish?

    I might as well use it then. If I use it in the tank and the food, then I might just finish this jar in 25 years instead of 50!

    Does it clog your filters?

  12. I made some of the non-floater gel food for my goldies, and now I am wondering what to do with this big jar of koi clay. It's probably enough for 50 years worth of food for 3 goldfish.

    Would it be good for them if I added it to the tank? I searched for instructions, but I could only find information adding it to ponds.

    How much should I use for a 55g?



  13. My recommendation is to do one round every 6 months for the next 2 years. No salt needs to be added. You just add the prazi after a big water change when it's time, and then let subsequent water changes get rid of the meds. If you don't get any sort of reactions from the fish during these maintenance rounds, then you are done with the treatments, as long as you keep the system closed. :)

    Wow, that sounds so easy compared to everything I've had to do with these fish. OK, I will be sure to thoroughly bleach anything I add to the tank, and so hopefully they won't have this happen again.

    Thank you everyone for your amazing knowledge and support. Especially Alex, and Lisa C.Gold and Lisa Fantailfan!

    I don't imagine that there are many forums out there that would take a person by the hand and lead them through months of fish treatments.

    Koko's rules!

  14. Finally!!! :carrot:

    This is a happy day!!! :nana:redbanana:

    Think good thoughts--yes, you're right--now where have I heard that before? :rofl3

    So, just one more question before I let this thread go...from what I've read, the flukes are never completely eradicated. When should I plan on doing another Prazi treatment, since they had it so bad? I guess I will save the rest of the Parasite Guard to use only if I start seeing the gill-scratching and yawning symptoms again, but hopefully that won't be necessary.

    I also have tons of MediGold left, so if anyone needs some, I'm sure I won't be using all of it before it expires, so just let me know.

  15. Hey, how is everyone?

    I am sorry that I disappeared for a while. I've had quite a lot going on that was not goldfish related.....

    Anyway, these guys are doing a lot better. I might even go so far as to say that they may be out of the woods--finally--knock on wood!

    To summarize:

    They were treated in Feb/March/April with four rounds of Prazi and breaks in between because of the fin cuts and scratching. They also needed Medi-Gold twice for secondary infections.

    At the end of four rounds, the fins were all much better, but there was still tons of scratching against the bottom and yawning. I also tried a salt dip which didn't go well.

    Alex suggested Tetra Parasite Guard, and slowly working up to 3% with the salt dips.

    What I've done since then is treated with four rounds of Parasite Guard. Now, I never did do the salt dips. It was scary the last time, but I haven't seen a yawn or a scratch for almost a week after treating with the Parasite Guard.

    Do you think this is enough? Things have calmed down, so I could continue with the salt dips if necessary, but it seems like they are doing well. Should I do another round of Parasite Guard?

    I am scared to even post this, lest something else go wrong!

  16. I was at PetCo a few months ago and heard some people talking about a fish their friends had. It was a comet/common goldfish... These were obviously not fish people. Anyhow, this fish started in a bowl, but it just kept growing, and finally, it ended up in their downstairs bathtub. From what I heard of their conversation, the goldfish was like, 1 1/2 feet long AT LEAST and still lived in their bathtub! :P

    This reminds me of a salon where I used to have my hair cut. It was in a renovated old house.

    They left the bathtub in the bathroom, and it was always full of fancy goldfish.

    Now that I think of it, it was probably quite overstocked. They had a bunch of floaters as well. I always thought that was so odd.

    At least they did seem to keep it very clean.

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