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Graceful 01-18-2014 05:59 PM

Mystery snail with flaky, dirty-looking shell
 
I bought a golden mystery snail a week or two ago. He's very active and seems healthy, but his shell looks flaky and gross around the spiral. It looks filthy, like poop and dirt are building up under the rough flakes. Is this common? Can I clean his shell, or make it healthier by treating him?

His name is Midas by the way :-)

crzy2u 01-18-2014 06:56 PM

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Originally Posted by Graceful (Post 3755929)
I bought a golden mystery snail a week or two ago. He's very active and seems healthy, but his shell looks flaky and gross around the spiral. It looks filthy, like poop and dirt are building up under the rough flakes. Is this common? Can I clean his shell, or make it healthier by treating him?

His name is Midas by the way :-)

Do you have a source of calcium for him? Calcium is needed to strengthen the shell and keep it healthy.

Graceful 01-18-2014 07:16 PM

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Originally Posted by crzy2u (Post 3756137)
Do you have a source of calcium for him? Calcium is needed to strengthen the shell and keep it healthy.

I did not know that! How can I give him calcium?

konstargirl 01-18-2014 08:05 PM

I think putting in crush coral inside the filter will help. However, that also could raise ph levels of your tank.

djembekah 01-18-2014 08:15 PM

Cuttle bone, sold usually in the bird department if a pet store, is a great source of calcium. If you break off a small bit at a time, and place it in the tank, replacing when it....well mostly disappears, it shouldn't affect the water chemistry.

crzy2u 01-19-2014 05:24 PM

Ditto on the cuttle bone. I've also heard people say you can bury it in your substrate or put it in your filter.


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