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MellC 04-14-2013 02:00 AM

Apple Snail Help! One died it had holes in it's shell, scared for the other three!
My main tank is a 20gal. I have Teras (neons and glow lights) Cherry Barbs, Corys, a Rafael, and GloFish, a red Beta, and 3 snails. One is white and rather large, and two are smaller and black (or they were when I got them, a few months ago). I'm not sure what type of snails they are. I got them at Petsmart so I'm assuming they are Apple's. I had another yellow one but he/she died last week and when the shell floated to the front and I scooped it out it was full of holes, pits, and cracks it was also really thin in places. I'm scared to death that the rest of them will bump off too.... I'll go grab some spinach now, my fish won't eat it but maybe my snails will.

Right now I have no clue what my perimeters are. I just do my water changes once a week sometimes every two weeks, and I use Prime for my tap water.

I read on a post on here somewhere (don't think I could get back to it) that I could put tums or Caltraite in my tank, but will tums harm my community tank? We have the fruit flavored kind.... Tums respectively that is.

I also have a 2.5 with a Blue beta in it, and a 10gal with nothing in it. I don't have room to set it up and having it on the floor is not an option as I have a rather smart cat who figured out how to open the flip-lid within 10min. of me getting it several years back... She loves "fishing", so as you can see it would be like shooting fish in a barrel for her. Plus I have no room in my room to set up another stand. Anyway would it be better for me to put all three snails in the small tank and treat them, or leave them where they are?

Any help would be fantastic!

Romad 04-14-2013 07:23 AM

If they are lacking in calcium, you might want to stick with calcium supplements sold at the pet stores.

I know that some people put cuttlebones into tanks for the snails but I have no experience so will let others chime in on that one.
Calcium rich veggies are always good too.

Good luck and I hope they get healthier soon.

JDM 04-14-2013 09:15 AM

Sounds like you water is just very soft. If there are calcium supps, that can help but adding Equilibrium to bring up the overall hardness would also help. I used crushed egg shells to bump up the calcium carbonate levels, it worked well but was a small scale test.

You do need to know that the water is soft first though. If city water, check the website or call.


Byron 04-14-2013 12:08 PM

Agree, first thing is to determine the GH (general hardness) of your tap water. It may be sufficient, in which case other options need to be looked into. Though from your description I would expect soft water. But adding this or that is not always safe for the fish, and you don't want to jeopardize the fish in order to perhaps have the snails survive. Let's get the GH number before resorting to methods that may not be necessary or may not work anyway.


MellC 04-14-2013 12:32 PM

Thank you! Well they love Spinach! Which is a good thing because I hate it and hate handling it. Would my Petsmart be able to test the tap? I know a lot of people o here don't like Petsmart but I love the store I go too, one or two of the managers know a lot about fish (and cats). I found the pdf on the public works portion of my towns website but I'm a design student so I have no clue what they are talking about....

MoneyMitch 04-14-2013 12:47 PM

post a link to it, we can read and translate it for you ^^

MellC 04-14-2013 03:33 PM

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MellC 04-14-2013 03:35 PM

Crazy, the computer at school wouldn't let me post the link but my cell will.... Anyway thank you! I'm stuck here till 10 or 11pm.
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Byron 04-14-2013 05:43 PM

That "link" doesn't work for me...can you just spell out the general municipal site, and I can probably find it?

MellC 04-14-2013 08:45 PM

You lost me on municipal lol. but the site is under "Public Works" all the way at the bottom are a series or group of pdf links.

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