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  • Posted on: 22/5/2007 14:49
Apple snail shell regeneration question #1
Hello one and all!

Haven't been on here for ages - nice to be back!

All is still well with my tank - no additions and thankfully no deaths either.

I've just been away for three weeks and upon my return found Goblin (my golden apple snail) to be missing a chunk of his shell near the rim. I can only guess that he landed a bit unfortunately on one of the rocks. I've examined him closely and where the shell is missing there is soft tissue. Well, I say soft but that's only in comparison to the hard shell. I think the tissue has a tough outer layer to it. The snail seems to be perfectly happy and still performs his daily acrobatics (climbing to the top and floating down on his foot ... )

Does anyone know if the missing shell will eventually be regenerated?

Cheerio!

Dan
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  • Posted on: 22/5/2007 16:17
Re: Apple snail shell regeneration question #2
hi danny!

yes he should be fine, that edge is where the shell grows anyway, so it should fill in as the rest of the shell grows, may not be even for a while, and you'll be able to see where he broke it, but should be fine!
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Re: Apple snail shell regeneration question #3
Temperature plays a part in shell repair....if your tank is around 24C he should heal well. At higher temperatures the shell grows too quick, leaving thin, more fragile shell behind.

Best of luck with the little fella.
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  • Posted on: 23/5/2007 10:57
Re: Apple snail shell regeneration question #4
Thanks for your feedback - much appreciated.

The temperature in the tank fluctuates between 23.6 and 24.2 degrees C (depending on the time of day) so I suspect he'll heal over time. It looks awful at the moment and I was quite concerned to feel how soft the bit underneath the missing shell was. If I get the chance I'll put up a pic later today/tomorrow.

All the best!

Dan
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Re: Apple snail shell regeneration question #5
I should have mentioned to keep an eye on other tankmates who might nibble at any exposed flesh while he's healing.



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