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marshallsea 08-01-2013 10:53 PM

Calcium for snails
 
Do snails need a calcium supplement? If so, what's the cheapest and laziest way to provide it?

Sakura8 08-02-2013 08:48 AM

If you have very soft water, then it would definitely be beneficial to add some calcium to your tank. The cheapest and haha, laziest way is to add some cuttlebone (you can find it in the bird section of a pet store). Just break off a piece and let it sit in a corner. I don't know if this is the most effective way though.

Other ways to add the needed nutrients for snail shells are to add crushed coral (bumping up your water hardness), or to add montmorillonite clay powder. You can get montmorillonite as a pond additive for koi.

Pond Fish & Koi Health & Nutrition: Microbe-Lift CMC Calcium Montmorillonite Mineral Clay

One 2lb jar should last you for the rest of your life because all you need to do is add a pinch's worth per gallon at every water change.

marshallsea 08-02-2013 02:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sakura8 (Post 2705209)
If you have very soft water, then it would definitely be beneficial to add some calcium to your tank. The cheapest and haha, laziest way is to add some cuttlebone (you can find it in the bird section of a pet store). Just break off a piece and let it sit in a corner. I don't know if this is the most effective way though.

Other ways to add the needed nutrients for snail shells are to add crushed coral (bumping up your water hardness), or to add montmorillonite clay powder. You can get montmorillonite as a pond additive for koi.

Pond Fish & Koi Health & Nutrition: Microbe-Lift CMC Calcium Montmorillonite Mineral Clay

One 2lb jar should last you for the rest of your life because all you need to do is add a pinch's worth per gallon at every water change.

I got a few cuttlefish bones. Do you know if the snails are supposed to eat it or does it just get into the water column? Will the bones dissolve or will they stay after the calcium is depleted?

Boredomb 08-02-2013 02:43 PM

My snails climb all over the Cuttle bone I have for them. Don't think they actually eat them. I think it slowly leeches out calcium into the water buy I could be wrong.

Sakura8 08-02-2013 05:58 PM

I think boredomb is right, that it slowly leaches out into the water but I'm sure crawling on it doesn't hurt.


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