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small fry 01-13-2011 11:14 PM

Golden Mystery Snail. Can I get one?
I love golden mystery snails! I have had one before, but I accidently killed it with chemicals. I wanted one for my cichlid tank. The tank is 10g with 1 (neon) Jewel Cichlid (Hemichromis Bemiculatus, exuse my spelling) and no other fish. The substrate is/are rocks, about 1" in diameter. I know that is probably terrible for substrate, right? I plan to change it to gravel. I inhereted it from a friend who had the rocks in there for substrate.

Anyway, I know that the GMS need calcium or there shells will corrode. The one I had seemed to be fine before he died. The pH is at about 7.7-8.1. I haven't measured since I stopped useing a pH decreaser. I don't know the Calcium levels. What is the chemical composition of calcium (I don't know if I ask that correctly or if that was jibberish, but CO2, GH, NH3 etc. e.g.)? What would it show up as on a test kit, I mean?

I know that GMS have trapdoors, so I am not worried about the cichlid killing it. It is a nice cichlid anyway (just kidding!).

Would it work?

Lupin 01-13-2011 11:42 PM

Won't work with that devil there.

small fry 01-14-2011 02:59 PM

I have had one before in there with him. GMS have trapdoors, right? Aren't they safe with cichlids?:|

redchigh 01-14-2011 03:23 PM

Calciums 'formula' is, well, Ca. :P It's an element.

For most aquariums, Kh will give a pretty good idea whether you have lots of calcium- Kh is a measure of magnesium and calcium in the water, which are the 'buffers'.

(Incidentally, that's why Ph up and Ph down never work long-term. High kh will equal high ph.)

If you drop the snail in and have problems, you can add chalk (the sticks) to the water. Some people even drop Caltrate (a calcium supplement for humans) into their tanks, but chalk is cheaper. You can also use limestone (which your rocks might be, since you have high ph.)

Drop the snail in, he should be fine. I just like to type :P

small fry 01-14-2011 03:34 PM

So the snail will be fine? Cool. What would the shell look like if it was corrodeing, just so I know?

Lupin 01-14-2011 08:03 PM

I still disagree. Mystery snails are far more prone to attacks than the likes of nerites and trapdoor snails. They're always open. The exposure of their antennaes and eyestalks can attract nipping and any nipping will simply stress and kill the snails.

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