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post #1 of 12 Old 08-06-2007, 01:57 AM Thread Starter
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Size isn't everything

I know, another post about my snails but hey, when you have such a hard time kepeing them alive and healthy youhave to brag about it soooner or later when you get it right.

The picture shows two of my Purples that are exactly the same age, yes you heard me right, the same age. It just goes to show you can never tell a snails age by it's size.



I know they aren't show specimens but heh, I am just glad to keep them alive. I am getting some good information from both Trishfish and a couple other sites to try and figure out how to combat the lack of solid coloration. It looks bad but from what I have learned they are just as healthy as they should be.
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post #2 of 12 Old 08-06-2007, 02:25 AM
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what purple snails? whats there common name and whered you get them id really like one :)
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post #3 of 12 Old 08-06-2007, 02:28 AM
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Looking good.... ;)

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post #4 of 12 Old 08-06-2007, 02:58 AM
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Nice snails.;)

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post #5 of 12 Old 08-06-2007, 01:53 PM Thread Starter
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They are called Magenta Mystery Snails. I will bet you can find purple/magenta mysteries on Aquabid or Ebay as I have seen them on there many times. I got them from a friend. I do plan on breeding them and sharing the wealth but it will belike 2 more months before I should see any clutches from my Magentas. I have a clutch form my Golden right now and I am hoping it will be firth hatch but Goldens are so common I don't know if anyone will want them except maybe my LFS.

Keep your eyes on the forum barter trade. When I have them I willl list them.
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post #6 of 12 Old 08-06-2007, 05:19 PM
Shell imperfections doesn't mean you don't have happy, healthy snails for sure! A question though...are you moving them around to different tanks or do they stay in the same tank all the time? You will notice a growth line across the shell every time water conditions change. It's hard for me to see with the picture at the angle it is but that might be what it looks like. The shell thickness looks good so I don't think it's erosion. If they stay in the same tank, how much water do you change out at a time? Is it enough to cause a growth line?
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They look really nice - very bright colouring!
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post #8 of 12 Old 08-06-2007, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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They are growth lines I am pretty sure, not sure what causes it and I know it is not erosion, the shell is very thick and there are no ridges.

I change 50% once a week and add calcium that same night. Please let me know if I shouldn't be doing so. They are healthy as can be and no ridges but I would like to see solid color as they would be more attractive and probably easier to sell to the LFS. If you don't mind, I know it would be a lot to write, could you give me your maintenance schedule including how much you dose of the Calcium Citrate and when as well as anything else. I have gotten the snail bug and you have been a huge help, I wouldn't be anywhere near as succesful without your help.

BTW, I finally got them to eat Romaine last night if you can believe it. Boiled it for 5 seconds and they finally decided to eat it. They wouldn't touch it raw.
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post #9 of 12 Old 08-07-2007, 06:03 PM
I change out about 35% water every week with lots of gravel vacuuming along with it. That may not seem like enough with as many of the messy buggers that I keep but my water parameters are perfect. Did I mention LOTS of gravel vacuuming? Buckets of black gunk. Moving on...:) I add 1200mg of calcium citrate after water changes and usually twice a week in addition. If I notice the snails go right to it and eat it up I will add more. They know what they need better than I do. I use calcium citrate tablets that are a vegetarian dietary supplement and contain no sugar, starch, artifical colors or flavors, preservatives, etc. They just have calcium citrate, vitamin D3, cellulose, cellulose gum and magnesium silicate. My snails don't have any growth lines. The only thing I can think of is that the larger water changes you perform cause the lines. I'm certainly not suggesting you change out less if that's what you need to do. There's nothing wrong with growth lines.
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post #10 of 12 Old 08-07-2007, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
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Well it could be the fact I use the powdered Calcium Citrate instead of the tablets. I never see them eat it but it vanishes in about 36 hours. Might be better if i get some pills so they can eat it rather than have it all over the tank.
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