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post #1 of 19 Old 02-03-2007, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
Mystery snail problem

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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post #2 of 19 Old 02-03-2007, 10:08 PM
hmm, try lowering the nitrate to <20ppm
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post #3 of 19 Old 02-04-2007, 12:18 AM
They may be getting(or havent gotten in the past) enough calcium for proper shell formation.
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post #4 of 19 Old 02-04-2007, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
I was just reading about the shell thing. I haven't added any calcium supplements and they are growing fast. I don't eat eggs, so don't have any eggshells to give them right now.

Are there any other home calcium supplements out there that I might have?
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post #5 of 19 Old 02-04-2007, 10:40 AM
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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post #6 of 19 Old 02-05-2007, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
I bought Kent Marine brand Liquid Calcium, which is originally meant for salt water tanks. I put about one teaspoon of the stuff in to the tank. Looking at the snails, unfortunately I think it might be a little too late. Their shells are pretty beat up.

Any suggestions on dosage?
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post #7 of 19 Old 02-10-2007, 06:22 PM
snail killing

put them down reply for methods
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post #8 of 19 Old 02-10-2007, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
Re: snail killing

Originally Posted by JTheFishGuyG
put them down reply for methods
OK I'm just going to ignore that.
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post #9 of 19 Old 02-11-2007, 02:14 AM
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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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post #10 of 19 Old 02-11-2007, 03:21 AM
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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?

Dawn Moneyhan
Aquatics Specialist/Nutritionist
Juneau, WI
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