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post #1 of 6 Old 01-18-2014, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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Mystery snail with flaky, dirty-looking shell

I bought a golden mystery snail a week or two ago. He's very active and seems healthy, but his shell looks flaky and gross around the spiral. It looks filthy, like poop and dirt are building up under the rough flakes. Is this common? Can I clean his shell, or make it healthier by treating him?

His name is Midas by the way
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-18-2014, 06:56 PM
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I bought a golden mystery snail a week or two ago. He's very active and seems healthy, but his shell looks flaky and gross around the spiral. It looks filthy, like poop and dirt are building up under the rough flakes. Is this common? Can I clean his shell, or make it healthier by treating him?

His name is Midas by the way
Do you have a source of calcium for him? Calcium is needed to strengthen the shell and keep it healthy.
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Do you have a source of calcium for him? Calcium is needed to strengthen the shell and keep it healthy.
I did not know that! How can I give him calcium?

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I think putting in crush coral inside the filter will help. However, that also could raise ph levels of your tank.

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post #5 of 6 Old 01-18-2014, 08:15 PM
Cuttle bone, sold usually in the bird department if a pet store, is a great source of calcium. If you break off a small bit at a time, and place it in the tank, replacing when it....well mostly disappears, it shouldn't affect the water chemistry.
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post #6 of 6 Old 01-19-2014, 05:24 PM
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Ditto on the cuttle bone. I've also heard people say you can bury it in your substrate or put it in your filter.
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