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Old 03-09-2013, 10:43 PM   #1
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Snails need more calcium


Noticed that my apple snail's shell is looking a bit thin, so I figure I need to dose calcium in some way. Wondering what methods everyone here has tried successfully? I've read a few posts about cuttlebones and human calcium pills and wonder if these methods worked? Any suggestions welcomed!
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Old 03-09-2013, 11:35 PM   #2
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diy snail food with calcium or ken veg stick with calcium.
cuttlebones is cheap
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Calcium rich foods like some tortoise and turtle products. I've heard of people using oyster grit in a media bag to add minerals.
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There is a powdered cal. supplement that feeder crickets are dusted when feed to reptiles. I saw it at PetCo when they were feeding the lizards. That might be an option.

My local water is hard so I have never needed a cal. supplement for my snails or shrimp.
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Old 03-10-2013, 03:35 AM   #5
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I use cuttlebones. I use the large ones from DFS & break in half & put a half n my canister filter & replace each week w/ my media when I do weekly water changes. Works well for me.
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I've experimented with a number of things over the years and, frankly, every method I've tried worked, none noticeably better or worse than any other.

Eggshells--rinsed, baked and ground to a powder can be integrated into any soft food, mixed into the substrate or just dusted onto blanched veggies. Or mixed into the substrate.

Oyster shells--I generally just bash one with a hammer and drop the pieces somewhere inconspicuous. I've also known folks to mix pieces in with their larger filter media or put a couple broken shells in their HOB.

Cuttlebone--same as oyster shells, though I've noticed snails will tend to congregate on the cuttlebone pieces itself when it's in the tank and I've never seen them do that with oyster shells.

Super expensive japanese powder that, once translated, proved to be nothing but finely powdered oyster shells and a smidge of dried seaweed.
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Old 03-10-2013, 04:36 AM   #7
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I had a terrible time with my ramshorn's shells turning white and eroding. I was advised to try cuttlebone, as well as other things. I tried the cuttlebone because it was handy & cheap, but I didn't expect it to work. Took a whole one & stuffed into the HOB filter. I did break off a few small pieces to drop in the tank itself, and the snails congregated on them at first but didn't finish them off. Amazingly, it worked for them! In a 125g tank, too. Now my snails all look healthy again and the are growing up & getting big. Hard to believe it could be such a simple solution.
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Kale, spinach and cuttlebone all work wonders for this sort of problem.

Have you tried feeding kale/spinach?
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@DogFish: I actually have some calcium supplement for reptiles (got a Blue Tongue Skink) but I wouldn't trust it to be safe....good idea though

@somewhatshocked: I haven't tried anything yet, but since those are high in calcium its worth a shot!

Sounds like cuttlebones are commonly used and work. I think I'm going to try the eggshell method first (seeing as I am about to boil a bunch of eggs anyway) and if that doesn't work, I'll try the kale or cuttlebones. Thanks everyone for your input! Very appreciated.
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I've tried cuttlebone with mixed results... The best (and cheapest) option for me has been to drop a tums antacid into the tank right after a water change. Usually 1 a month (every second water change), more or less if I forget. Any tums works, but I'd avoid the pink ones as they tend to cloud the water more. They will all cloud the water, but it settles out after a day or so.
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A tums really works?? That's cool lol. I've noticed white spots on my ramshorns shell so I might do this

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I read that somewhere years ago and tried it... it really does help the shells and doesnt seem to have any ill affects on the fish. I've been doing it for well over a year now. Of course, if the snails don't have a proper diet with occasional fresh veggies, nothing will help.
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I've tried cuttlebone with mixed results... The best (and cheapest) option for me has been to drop a tums antacid into the tank right after a water change. Usually 1 a month (every second water change), more or less if I forget. Any tums works, but I'd avoid the pink ones as they tend to cloud the water more. They will all cloud the water, but it settles out after a day or so.
I have a nice, fresh bottle of tums that I bought day-before-yesterday. I'm tempted to try this first...all great methods! I think I will try them all one at a time and see which one works the best. thanks!
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Old 03-13-2013, 04:17 PM   #14
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Just wanted to chime back in on this topic to say i gave the tums a try. Ill admit i was a tad skeptical so i only put half in but all is well! Can't tell if it's working or not though..

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It will take a while before you see results... the ones with shells that are already damaged won't get any better, but the next round of baby snails should look better!
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