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