Originally Posted by Lupin
If your water is fairly hard, the slightly elevated hardness is still not a problem to your fish since by this time, they are already accustomed to it. This is very much applicable to all fish found in hard alkaline water conditions.
And MTS suffering insufficient calcium will have white tips around their shells. This is reversible. Shell erosion among apple snails however is not especially around the tip end of their shells.
Uh oh! Noticed this morning that a couple of my MTS did have white tips on their shells. I can't say for sure that they didn't have them when I got them from the LFS however, as I wasn't looking for it until now. Nevertheless, I want to make sure I'm looking out for them.
I've been feeding blanched vegetables (romaine, spinach, cucumber) and the Apple Snail devours them, but I don't see the MTS taking advantage (possibly because I'm not observing after dark). I want to supplement with additional calcium, but I have a couple concerns about the methods I've encountered:
1) Tums: I'd prefer to avoid the cloudy water you've mentioned above.
2) Calcium pills: Same problem as Tums? I haven't seen it mentioned, but it stands to reason they'd cloud the water as well.
3) Cuttlebone: Cloudy water seems not to be a problem, but my water is already hard and basic. I don't want to elevate the levels too much, as I've read can happen.
As always, the insights of the forum are greatly appreciated!!!