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I have three golden mystery snails in my tank. They are not looking very good. One of them looks like he's even missing pieces of his shell, and the outer rim looks a little translucent.

I thought the water might be too acidic, but I checked it and the pH is between 7.4 and 7.6. There's also no ammonia, nitrates was around 0.25, and nitrites are at about 35. Temperature is 77 degrees.

The tank is 29 gallon. I've had the snails for about 3 weeks. In the tank with it are 6 otos, 7 neons, 9 adult guppies, and dozens of guppy fry. There's a bunch of those little brown ramshorn snails which I got when I transferred plants into the tank.

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Please note that in this post, i am just taking a guess


You can buy liquid calcium supplements at your lfs, but dose it a lot less than the instructions since the instructions are for reef tanks, not freshwater, dose maybe 1/8th of the required amount
 

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snail killing

put them down reply for methods
 

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Leaf Lettuce, Romaine Lettuce or Cuttle Bone form the LFS. All have lots of calcium and the shells will repair themselves. Also, algae wafers, spirulina tablets and other veggie tabs will help them to repair and grow better because they have calcium in them. I only used romaine for mine when I had Columbian Ramshorns and they thrived and were extremely healthy.
 

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I'd skip the cuddle bone.. they can make a mess of the water and there is no control over too much calcuim other than very frequent water changes. Foods are going to be the best way to handle this problem, and be careful not to add too much liquid calcium, I will have to do some looking into dosing calcuim in freshwater before I can suggest anything. Too high of a calcium level in freshwater can cause damage to the fish. It would be a good idea to have your water tested for calcium levels, so we know better what is going on. Can you please post the test results?
 

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The ram's horn shells are not a sufficient or reliable source of calcium, especially not for the problem you are having. How do the shells of the ram's horn snails compare to that of the mystery snails? Are you seeing the same problem? IF the source of your mystery snail problem is from lack of calcium in the system, I would then expect that to show up in all of the snail species in your tank. Having the water tested and providing us with a calcium reading will help us to determine if your problem is for sure a calcium deficiencey and not coming from another source.
 

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I'll have to buy a kit to test calcium.

I thought leaving the shells in would help w/ the calcium as they dissolve.

I don't see the same problem w/ the ramshorn snails, but I thought they might not be prone to the same problems since they have such a small life span and there's so many of them.

I've been adding only a few drops of the supplement per day, and the recommended dosage is about one tablespoon for a tank with coral daily, so I think I'm safely underdoing it.
 

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Try to determine your KH. And I would stop using pH up if I were you. They have a tendency to cause pH swings which will eventually kill all the occupants of your tank.
 

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sorry

My point was that if its sufering like i dont know its really sick from what i hear anyways hope it gets better. didnt meen to be cruel there .
 
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