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PostSubject: Moving house with snails   Thu Jan 22, 2009 1:39 pm

Wonder if anyone can advise me of the best way to go about this - I've never moved with snails or fish before, and am a bit worried about getting them across the country when we move house in a couple of weeks.
I think I understand that apple snails can be pretty sensitive to water changes, temperature changes and the like - one of my old snails died straight after I changed too much water at once, a young one died in the cold snap over christmas and two of my remaining snails are also quite old so I'm worried about shocking them... plus one of them has hardly any trap left, so wont be able to close herself up tight to stay waterproof while she's travelling so I'm not sure how to transport her.
Our tank is only small, 5 gallons, but obviously we cant carry it or drive it around full of water and I don't know if its okay to just fill it back up with bottled water when we get there. Anyone know how this usually works best?
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PostSubject: Re: Moving house with snails   Thu Jan 22, 2009 3:18 pm

Ok, best thing to do if about 3 days before you need to pack the aquarium away do a standard water change. Take as much of the water as you can in bottles (2ltr bottles will be best). Put the snails in a small tub with a lid along with some cotton wool/paper towels soaked in tank water. They will be happy like that for a day or two providing they are damp.
When you are in a position to fill the tank up again do so, let the water heat up and then pop the snails in.
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