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Old 04-20-2008, 09:44 AM   #31
 
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what about kent marine liquid calcium? I tried that with my last blue mystery snail and it didnt seem to work, but id have thought it would work wonders
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Old 11-26-2008, 07:35 PM   #32
 
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If anyone hasn't yet, you can try Caltrate which has a very high calcium concentration. It can be crushed into fine powder and mixed with snail food recipes. I enjoyed a lot making snail foods out of honey, unflavored gelatin, baby foods and calcium pills suggested by msjinkzd. It has been noted snails tend to like anthing sugary so the honey has been added to entice even the timid ones to eat. Caltrate can also be dropped directly to the tank and your snails will simply eat the dissolving form.
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Old 11-27-2008, 12:56 AM   #33
 
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Caltrate is exactly what I use. My girlfriend spent the summer working for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals so I got tons of the stuff for extremely cheap. The snails seem to love it.
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Old 11-27-2008, 03:27 AM   #34
 
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You're so lucky, Jim!
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Old 11-27-2008, 05:00 AM   #35
 
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Caltrate is exactly what I use. My girlfriend spent the summer working for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals so I got tons of the stuff for extremely cheap. The snails seem to love it.
Jim, do your Caltrate tablets have Vitamin D added? It's really frustrating to find Caltrate that don't have it. Point is if Vitamin D is taken in excess, whilst it does enhance absorption of calcium, it becomes the most toxic of all vitamins available. Supplements containing Vit. D in concentrated form are not safe. Adults should be careful when taking Vit. D. Keep out of reach of children. Tolerable upper intake for vitamin D is 50 micrograms per day for adults.

I may need to try other options just so I won't have to used Caltrate (with vitamin D added) frequently to enhance my snails' shells but this could take awhile and who knows how snails will react to different brands considering I've noticed from all the study I've done that Caltrate seems to be the one that attracts snails most. Who knows what material they used that could possibly entice snails just like that.
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Old 11-27-2008, 11:04 PM   #36
 
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Mine does have vitamin D. I don't use the stuff myself, as I'm not exactly at risk for osteoporosis, but do you know if the vitamin D is unsafe for fish and inverts? I actually don't dose Caltrate anymore for my adult mystery snails as my water has a pH of 7.2 and is fairly hard so they don't have shell problems. I only use the Caltrate in my pond snail breeding tanks as it really seems to help them grow faster.
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Old 11-28-2008, 04:21 AM   #37
 
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Mine does have vitamin D. I don't use the stuff myself, as I'm not exactly at risk for osteoporosis, but do you know if the vitamin D is unsafe for fish and inverts? I actually don't dose Caltrate anymore for my adult mystery snails as my water has a pH of 7.2 and is fairly hard so they don't have shell problems. I only use the Caltrate in my pond snail breeding tanks as it really seems to help them grow faster.
Unsafe if used excessively. Shouldn't hurt though if used at least every 2 weeks or once a month. It does enhance calcium absorption and no more than that.
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Point is if Vitamin D is taken in excess, whilst it does enhance absorption of calcium, it becomes the most toxic of all vitamins available. Supplements containing Vit. D in concentrated form are not safe. Adults should be careful when taking Vit. D. Keep out of reach of children. Tolerable upper intake for vitamin D is 50 micrograms per day for adults.

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Old 11-28-2008, 10:42 AM   #38
 
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how about eggshell? i used it on my african land snails they used to eat it in a couple of days by rasping it away they preffered eggshell to cuttle bone for some reson even thogh it was harder
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Old 11-28-2008, 04:55 PM   #39
 
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how about eggshell? i used it on my african land snails they used to eat it in a couple of days by rasping it away they preffered eggshell to cuttle bone for some reson even thogh it was harder
Yep. It's another alternative.
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Old 12-05-2008, 03:25 AM   #40
 
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As an update, I tried another calcium brand, Tums. It has added strawberry or orange flavoring but the snails went for it. No ingredients added other than the pure calcium carbonate and flavoring. It took the canas only an hour to finish them off but the canas are very large anyway. It took about 2 hours for the 16-20 brigs to finish them. Tums doesn't disintegrate quickly compared to Caltrate. Will test calci-aid and calsan if I can find these ones.
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