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Old 09-19-2008, 02:54 AM   #1
 
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Snail Troubles

I have a 1 gallon tank you can see here:


full of some brine shrimp, the water i used was distilled water with the following salt mix: 1 gallon water , 19 teaspoons Sea Salt, 4 teaspoons Epsom salt and 2 teaspoons baking soda.

I have bought 2 margarita snails, and they just sat in their shells and ended up dieing the next day. So i tried some Astrea turbo snails.. same thing.. Why can't I get any snails to live in my tank??
I acclimated them buy adding a small amount of the tank water to a bag then floating the bag for about an hour.

Thanks for any help!
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Old 09-19-2008, 04:35 AM   #2
 
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what exactly is "sea salt" like brand name wise
and what are your water parameters ( amonia,nitrite,nitrate,SG[specific gravity/salt content] pH, temperature )
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Old 09-19-2008, 12:20 PM   #3
 
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Sea salt as in the food grade sea salt us humans eat(kirklands sea salt), I don't have a test kit so I don't know the levels.. (the only test kits i have seen the measure all in one thing are over 30$!) :(

I keep the temp around 82 F.
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Old 09-19-2008, 12:49 PM   #4
 
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I would dump the water and start over. Used Distilled Water, and buy "Marine Grade" Sea Salt, which can be found at your Local Pet Store. I use "Instant Ocean" myself, but Red Sea and others make very similiar products.

Not to be a wiseguy, but "1 gallon water , 19 teaspoons Sea Salt, 4 teaspoons Epsom salt and 2 teaspoons baking soda" sounds like a recipe for snail soup, not a snail tank...

The salt mixes we buy at our Local Pet stores are made for this application, running a marine tank. Read the "Starting and Maintaning a Saltwater Aquarium" forum on this site, that will be a great help for you...
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Old 09-19-2008, 01:16 PM   #5
 
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It is a tank For Brine Shrimp, I was just hoping Some snails could co-exsist with my little brine shrimp.
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Old 09-19-2008, 02:47 PM   #6
 
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I think it is possible, just a few adjustments need to be made.
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Old 09-20-2008, 01:01 AM   #7
 
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I just got a color test strip pack of 25 today, here are the results:

Nitrate: 40
Nitrite: 3.0
GH: 300
KH: 300
pH: 8.5
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Old 09-20-2008, 07:10 AM   #8
 
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Nitrites are a problem, you want those down to 0. It might be a good idea to get those nitrates down, too. A partial water change would be like 1/2 a gallon, and that's 50%! That might help.
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Old 09-23-2008, 12:34 PM   #9
 
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i did a 50% water change and retested a day later here are the results:

Nitrate: 20
Nitrite: 0.5
GH: 300
KH: 300
pH: 8.5
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Old 09-23-2008, 01:14 PM   #10
 
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Do you have a hydrometer? I think that the recommended amounts of salt used for brine shrimp are far above the specific gravity you'd have in a regular marine setup. It could be that the water is too salty for the snails to survive.
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