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post #11 of 19 Old 04-15-2013, 11:15 AM
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You lost me on municipal lol. but the site is boonton.org under "Public Works" all the way at the bottom are a series or group of pdf links.
I searched around, and under the link for Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority I found a report but it is only concerned with contaminants. You need to call them and ask about the general hardness and carbonate hardness/Alkalinity.

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Okay so the guy I talked to said the General Hardness is 160 milligrams per liter, and the Alkalinity 118 milligrams per liter. He said the highest they are allowed to have the general hardness is 200 milligrams per liter, and I forgot for the other one.
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post #13 of 19 Old 04-15-2013, 01:52 PM
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Well, that's not that soft that I would be concerned about water hardness.... Pretty close to 9 dGH.

I can't suggest anything else other than to be sure that they have a decent diet... I don't know what you might need to do to supplement them.

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I concur on the GH. I would not add to this (as with putting calcium in the tank) as the soft water fish you have will not appreciate harder water.

I know nothing about Apple Snails; the small common snails that I have (Malaysian Livebearing and bladder/pond snails) manage in my soft water which I raise to 5 or 6 dGH solely for the plants, as I have soft water fish.

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post #15 of 19 Old 04-15-2013, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
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So what do I feed my slimy friends? I didn't know they are supposed to have special food. I figured like starfish snails ate decomposing matter and were fine with that.... I have them on a schedule of flakes everyday, with blood worms on Wed. shrimp pellets or veggie disks on Sat. and a combo of the three on Sun. My betas get a quarter of a shrimp cube, or the freeze dried blood worms everyday as they don't care to much for the Beta pellets. All supplemental food is Omega One, and my flakes are Aquian (I probably misspelled that) but the red Beta (Alfred-Red) is swimming free in the tank so they have been getting worms or shrimp every night. He won't eat anything unless it's meat, thank god.

So is there something I can feed them (fish and snails) that is safe for everyone? Or what would be appropriate for my snails?
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Thank you guys for your help, I very much appreciate it.
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post #17 of 19 Old 04-15-2013, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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They are Mystery Snails! I just looked them up on Petsmart.
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post #18 of 19 Old 04-16-2013, 05:21 AM
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Algae wafers if they just need more food perhaps. I hear of some feeding them vegetables.

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post #19 of 19 Old 04-16-2013, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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I gave the big white snail (or Alfred-White) a rather large leave of spinach from the frozen veggie bag he/she ate it in less then 3 min. So they definitely like veggies. But they don't eat my live plants, odd. Hopefully a combo of the wafers and leafs will do the trick.
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