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post #11 of 21 Old 12-18-2012, 09:35 PM
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Not sure how that dp happened!

Well, while I have a second post, my water is soft, but my pH is good. Can I add some kind of calcium suplament for my snail to my water without messing up my pH?
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As far as the snail babies go I have no idea and it looks like some of the pics of blues I've seen but I'm no snail pro thats for sure. As for the calcium Byron suggested Seachem Equilibrium to bring my hardness up and to provide calcium for my plants, not sure if that would work for you or if you should go that route but you could look into it and see.

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post #12 of 21 Old 12-18-2012, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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So I'm not the only one having trouble figuring it out! That makes me feel better. Like I said, her shell is olive, not blue or ivory, so I can't figure it out!

I might look into that. Byron knows his stuff. I might PM him and ask him if it will mess with my pH too much. Thanks hun
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post #13 of 21 Old 12-19-2012, 01:48 PM
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With respect to the GH/pH issue, we first must consider fish in this tank, and according to your log there is a male betta and a cory. Both of these will be better with softer rather than harder water, so we must choose carefully.


Equilibrium is not the best additive in this situation, because it adds calcium, magnesium, potassium and a couple others mainly for plant assimilation, so there is not that much available to fish and inverts. A better choice would be the additives like Replenish, which is intended more for fish than plants. But bearing in mind the above, what is the GH now?

Adding crushed coral (which is pure calcium) works well, but this will send the pH soaring, and I would not recommend that with these fish.

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post #14 of 21 Old 12-19-2012, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Byron. Let's see...
pH: 7.2-7.4
Alkalinity: 40-80 mg/l (well water fluxes)
Hardness: 75 mg/l

I lost the Cory, but will be getting more next year. I rehomed the Neons. I currently have a betta, snail, and shrimp.

Btw, what's your take on my snail type? Do you think it's a blue mystery?
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Thanks Byron. Let's see...
pH: 7.2-7.4
Alkalinity: 40-80 mg/l (well water fluxes)
Hardness: 75 mg/l

I lost the Cory, but will be getting more next year. I rehomed the Neons. I currently have a betta, snail, and shrimp.

Btw, what's your take on my snail type? Do you think it's a blue mystery?
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That's around 4 dGH, which is low. Ideal for soft water fish, and sufficient calcium for live plants. Snails might find this lacking in calcium and other minerals though. But again, raising it is going to then impact the Betta.

Can't help you on the snail species; my limited knowledge of snails is confined to the three common small species that most of us like to have in planted tanks, and even with these it is limited.

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I can't believe I found a subject that you're not an expert in Byron!

So do you know anyone on here that knows about snails that I can ask? I really would like to know what color she is and if she and an Ivory would make pretty babies.

I really am grateful that you let me know about my softness. I was worried that it was far too low. I'm happy to know that it's not near as bad as I thought
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I can't believe I found a subject that you're not an expert in Byron!

So do you know anyone on here that knows about snails that I can ask? I really would like to know what color she is and if she and an Ivory would make pretty babies.

I really am grateful that you let me know about my softness. I was worried that it was far too low. I'm happy to know that it's not near as bad as I thought
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I don't know who the "snail" members are, but hopefully they will check threads in the Invertebrates section and see yours.

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Here's hoping! I am beyond curious at this point!
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post #19 of 21 Old 12-27-2012, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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Got 2 more mystery snails. One Black and one Ivory. The black one (who I believe is a female) is hard to get a good look at as Magic seems to constantly be cleaning her (she had a bit of algae on her shell)! She has yet to be named and is currently covered in slime.

I hope no one corrects me and says this is some kind of agression as Magic seems to be hovering over her and not going too far away.

The Ivory (who I believe is a boy and named Angel) has a beautiful white shell and 2 gray stripes close to the center. His body is a translucent white and his face has a few peach speckles. Gus pesters him a bit, but nothing bad. More curiosity than anything. At first, he thought it was a toy and tried to roll him around. And then it started to crawl away! He just had this shocked reaction and then after hiding, is just watching little Angle from a distance

Also, still waiting on that color conformation on Magic!
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post #20 of 21 Old 01-03-2013, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
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I have pics!

Magic is the largest. I don't know if you can tell, but she is kind of a light Olive color. Angel is the Ivory. Sandy is the Black.


Underneath.


From a distance.


So? Is she a blue?

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