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Mystery Snail Shell Growth Issue?

Discussion in 'Invertebrate Index' started by littlerose, Jan 18, 2018.

  1. littlerose

    littlerose New Member

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    Hello,

    I bought a mystery snail a few months back, put him in my community tank with an Angelfish. The angel left him alone at first, but then started picking on him. As a result, the snail's shell has grown down over his "face", and his tentacles are a lot shorter. I've moved him, and put him in with my Betta, which is leaving him alone.

    I guess what I'm asking is, will his shell "recede" now that he is not being constantly picked at, or will the shell never go back to "normal"? I know the tentacles will eventually grow back. He seems otherwise okay - eating, being out and about etc.

     
  2. NickAu

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    What do you mean grown over his face thats not possible. What you will find is that the snail is not coming out of its shell as far
     
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    littlerose New Member

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    No, it's actually grown a new section of shell, further down from where it used to sit.
     
  4. NickAu

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    I wouldnt worry about it sounds like normal shell growth.
     
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    Post a picture if you can. I doubt it is anything to worry about, a snail's shell is supposed to grow in a layer-like fashion around the edge. It's very interesting really, you can tell how well a snail was cared during its younger years by looking at the shell.
     

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