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Snails with water softener?

We have a water softener running to our entire house. Is there something I can add to the water that will give snails what they need to thrive? I see there is a little bit of Calcium in the Flourish. If I add that once a week, is it enough? I already lost one of my two horned nerites and the second one looks like half of the outer surface of its shell is rough and lacks its original luster. It is in my 2.5 gallon planted shrimp tank and I would like to get another snail or two if I know I can keep them alive and happy.
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You should not use water that has been softened! It will kill your fish because of the high sodium content or potassium content. All the hard water minerals are replaced with either sodium or potassium chloride which is bad for fish & plants! If your tap is not proper for fish & plants I would switched to 100% R/O remineralized or a combo of that & tap water. R/o's are not that expensive these days even though they waste water. Try using outside hose water instead but if it the GH Kh is not proper for fish & plants switch to R/O water that had been remineralized. My 2 cents
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Using softened water will not kill fish because of the high sodium content; though it is not ideal for them.

However, using water that is softened with potassium is better, since you are providing potassium ions for the plants. However, the presence of chloride is still undesirable.

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You should not use water that has been softened! It will kill your fish because of the high sodium content or potassium content. All the hard water minerals are replaced with either sodium or potassium chloride which is bad for fish & plants! If your tap is not proper for fish & plants I would switched to 100% R/O remineralized or a combo of that & tap water. R/o's are not that expensive these days even though they waste water. Try using outside hose water instead but if it the GH Kh is not proper for fish & plants switch to R/O water that had been remineralized. My 2 cents
Outside hose is frozen solid right now, so not really an option. I believe our Kenmore softener just uses the regular sodium without any other additives. It does not make the water salty however, or else I certainly would not want to drink it. Even in the summer I can't really use direct well water or it will ruin my filters and tanks with mineral deposits. I will try the cuttlebone, thanks!
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There are more than just the sodium based water softeners out there. I had dwarf puffers, gouramis, shrimp, turtle, all sorts if critters for over a year at my parent's house for over a year. The had softened well water, 0 issues with anything. Grew Erios, pantanal, tonina fine in it also. Get all the facts before you tell a person it will kill all their fish!
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