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lharpster 03-10-2009 05:18 PM

My Mystery Snail
Well Lupin - you were absolutely right about my Betta and the snail. At first he was just curious about the snail - then I caught him picking on him. I removed him from that tank and added him to my 5 gal where I have some danios and an algae eater. He seems to be doing well, and the other fish don't bother him at all - except one time I caught the algae eater sucking on his shell. Anyway, my question is how to do keep the water hard enough so the snail shell remains hard. I thought I read somewhere about using a Tum tablet - but I don't know about that. Any advise would be great.
Lori :-)

Lupin 03-10-2009 07:39 PM

Caltrate or Tums will work but Caltrate is less messier as it doesn't cloud the water. Find Caltrate with no Vitamin D added. What are your pH and KH right now? I also use plaster of Paris pucks to help with the water chemistry and shell growth.

Bettas are very poor tankmates for snails. They do have a tendency to pick on the snails damaging their soft tissues.

lowco1 03-11-2009 12:56 AM

What is the ph, kh, gh of your tap water. Where I am from it is all really high just naturally which causes it to be perfect for cichlids which I keep 10 mystery snails in the same tank as my cichlids without any problems.

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