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Tetra Guy 04-02-2012 08:22 PM

Snail shell health
 
Hi everyone. I have snails in all my tanks. Zebra Nerite and an assassin snail in one. And some snails in the other two I cant identify. in my ten gallon, I have two snails, and I see they got busy. I want to ensure a healthy and happy life for them. My main concern is the snail's shells. I notice my assassin's shell is starting to look a bit rough, and I would like to catch this before it's too late. So, what could I add to fix this? Calcium?
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kitten_penang 04-04-2012 12:34 PM

yup calcium..you can either blanch veggies that are high in calcium and add it to their diet.cuttle fish bones also help, as with the veggies blanch them to break it down to help them digest it or add coral.pls check that you don't have soft water fish if you use the coral method

Tetra Guy 04-04-2012 04:27 PM

Thank you kitten. Your advice is much appreciated. Would common cucumber be best?
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kitten_penang 04-06-2012 11:04 AM

spinach would be much better it has a higher amount of calcium in it

Akeath 04-08-2012 04:02 PM

You might also want to check the pH. Snails should be kept in a pH of at least 7.0, preferably higher. In acidic water their shells will start to erode and crack. Even if you give them plenty of calcium, if your pH is problematic the shell will continue to worsen.
Cuttle bone (the unflavored type, like for birds) will raise the pH and hardness slightly, and is also one of the best calcium supplements you can give to your snails. They will rasp it as needed, and it is pure calcium carbonate, which is exactly what they need for shell maintenance and growth. You will have to wedge it partially under something to keep it from floating at first, but after awhile it will become waterlogged enough to stay at the bottom.


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