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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 :)
 
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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.
 

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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.
 
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