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post #31 of 43 Old 05-20-2007, 08:59 AM
Ah, ok! Those would be good too. Mine love zucchini and other squash. You can cut it into rings or little sticks. I microwave veges in water for about a minute, then let them sit until they're cool enough to handle. Snails prefer them mushy because they're easier to eat and sometimes they will let them be for a good 12 hours before they eat them. Then there's nothing left but the ring of rind which I remove. Even with kale I would heat it until it's soft. I leave most veges in the tank for 12-24 hours depending on what kind they are and have never had a problem with water parameters.
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post #32 of 43 Old 05-20-2007, 09:02 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks! I'll try that.

I know my plecs love them so I thoguht why not try the snails with them. :D
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post #33 of 43 Old 06-01-2007, 06:59 AM Thread Starter
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I've had the snails for a few weeks now, or something like that. Anyway, I've been feeding them leafy greens most days and I am keeping their water nice and clean but I have issues. I added crushed coral to bring up the Ph and to give them calcium for their shells, but their shells are deteriorating. The pointy bit where the "swirl" comes to an end looks like it's becoming a bit transparent and flakey. I don't know what I am doing wrong but when I tested the Ph it was 5!! My tap water is soft and tests at 6, my other 2 tanks sit between 6 and 6.5 so I can't understand why this one has a Ph of 5 especially since I added a fair whack of the crushed coral to bring it up!

Any ideas what I'm doing wrong? Or any suggestions to fix this problem as I think the Ph is to blame for the poor wee guys shells! I don't want to use chemicals as I don't think these will really help, and because I have cory babies in the tank as well. The cories, on the other hand, are thriving and have grown so much since moving them into this tank with the snails.

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post #34 of 43 Old 06-01-2007, 06:52 PM
Snails need a pH of at least 7.2 and preferably over 7.5. I definately agree with you that your pH is the problem.
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post #35 of 43 Old 06-01-2007, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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How can I increase it? I can't understand why the Ph is lower in this tank when I have added the crushed coral!
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post #36 of 43 Old 06-01-2007, 07:31 PM
I use Caltrate supplements. Just pop one in the tank about every other day. Many people use Kent's Marine Calcium. Just follow the directions on the bottle and add the drops every day.
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post #37 of 43 Old 06-01-2007, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! I'll see if I can get some.

I asked about that marine supplement, but the guy at the lfs said it wasn't suitable for freshwater. I'm a bit worried about the cory babies. They'll be alright if the Ph increases, but I don't think they'd appreciate a Ph of above 7!
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post #38 of 43 Old 06-01-2007, 07:41 PM
My baby panda cories (there's five of them) live happily at a pH of 8 with high calcium for my snails.
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post #39 of 43 Old 06-01-2007, 09:49 PM
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Julie, why not add a cuttlefish bone in your tank aside from attempting to increase the pH? Feed your snails foods rich with calcium particularly the cuttlefish bones used for parakeets and budgies. Any added calcium-rich foods aside from added calcium supplements will help prevent shell erosion.

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post #40 of 43 Old 06-02-2007, 04:19 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Lupin - I'll do that as well!

They do eat a lot of dark leafy greens so I don't think the diet is the main issue - I think it's more the water.

Ohter params are:

amonia 0
nitrite 0
nitrate 20

so it's not bad water, just unusually low Ph water.

Thanks though and I will do that today as I have one of these so called "days off" - I almost forget what they are, LOL!
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