i inherited some snails from a friend and their shells are in horrible condition, like white lines and near-cracks on some. can i add calcium carbonate powder (like, the vitamin form for people) to the water? will that totally alter my water chemistry? what would you do? throw some spinach leaves in there or something?
Steph, I read in another thread a while back that people add Tums to their tank. I don't know how much (like a whole tablet) but some were even saying you can add the flavored ones. I think Angel079 does it. I remember her commenting. Send her a PM (and let me know what she says!). I had 1 mystery snail that has some cracks as well, but it had since died. I now havea nerite snail on its way so I'd like to know what to do for it :-)
You can feed them tums or something like Caltrate pills. You want to be keeping them in water with a pH > 7.0 and, hopefully, with a decent KH reading. Pitting is usually the result of keeping them in acidic water while the cracks are from them not getting enough calcium.
This thread has lots of useful info:
Batman, how much tums do you drop in? 1 whole tablet/half tablet? Using regular Tums will not hurt my betta in any way, will it?
Sounds like calcium deficit in their previous home. Add them a tums tablet you will just have to see how fast/ slow they consume 1 tablet and go from there to maybe add it 1-2x week.
Also what will help them if the water in your tank isn't too hard to begin with (like my R/O from the tap) use eggshells in the water, toss them in some corner you don't see when watching the tank.
@Lisa yes you can add it for the snails with the Betta; chances are Mr betta will nibble on it too.
Perfect. How long should the Tums be in the tank before removing the remaining tablet?
Now this is neat. I once kept several Apple snails and went though the trouble of making them "special" food with calcium built in to help out with their shells. We called it snail food and they LOVED it. But it didn't really help very much with their shells.
Are the egg shells for them to eat? And Do they?
What type of tums should you use?
Is there any change to the water chemistry by adding the Tums in? What about coloring/clouding?
Have you noticed much improvement in their shells Angel?
My water is hard, no way around it LOL until I get funds for an R/O unit or move someplace with better water.
My favorite of the "mystery snails" is the white fleshed ones with orange spot... LOL I used to spend lots of time trying to get the perfect picture of them. I even had several breed many times in my 75 gallon tank. None of the babies made it much after hatching. I'm not sure if that was water perms or if they were eaten.
I've never used Tums myself. I use Caltrate. The ex worked for Wyeth so got me a giant bottle of it for next to nothing, haha. I've never had enough snails in one tank to warrant using more than one pill at a time, so I just dropped in a single pill every few days. The original two mystery snails I had originally came with some thin, brittle shells that had a few cracks in them but seemed to heal up after a few months. Their babies always had plenty of calcium so never had thin or pitted shells.
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