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Old 07-24-2013, 03:02 AM   #1
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Sources of calcium for a mystery snail shell.


I recently noticed that my snails have some scratches in their shells, my first thought was that the water might be a bit acidic. I just checked it and ph is 7.6. After a bit of research I believe that I'm lack calcium in my tank. I read about using egg shells to add calcium, but I want to know if there is other ways to add calcium.
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I have heard of people using pieces of cuttlebone for a calcium supplement.
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Oyster Shell calcium tabs, calcium enriched foods, spinach, kale, snail food, and cuttlebone to name a few
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Oyster Shell calcium tabs, calcium enriched foods, spinach, kale, snail food, and cuttlebone to name a few
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Stinging Nettle leaf has the most calcium out of all and very good for shrimp. Even my snails love munching of it.

Vitamin A 35%
Calcium 42%
Iron 8%
Vitamin B-6 5%
Magnesium 12%
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Stinging Nettle leaf has the most calcium out of all and very good for shrimp. Even my snails love munching of it.

Vitamin A 35%
Calcium 42%
Iron 8%
Vitamin B-6 5%
Magnesium 12%
Really? That's actually fascinating. Such a hardy plant, surely I couldn't manage to kill one of those in a terrarium!

How do you prepare it for them? Just snip off a leaf and toss it into the tank?
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Really? That's actually fascinating. Such a hardy plant, surely I couldn't manage to kill one of those in a terrarium!

How do you prepare it for them? Just snip off a leaf and toss it into the tank?
You prepare all veggie in a "blanching" process. Boil veggie in water and remove it and dip in cold/icy water to stop the cooking process and harden the veggie.

For stinging nettle boil the whole leaf including stem for a good 3-5 minute depending how many you boil at a time. I usually boiled at least a bundle (100 leaves). So take upward 5 minute and immediate drain and dipped in cold water twice because the hot boiled leaves will turn 1st cold water to normal room temp.

After blanching start a storage in freezer process. I usually roll mine into a ball after drying most of the leaves in a kitchen towel and keep in a freezer plastic bag. Every time you fee them remove from the bag and rinse it with water a little so it no longer frozen and it will sink.

P.S. Veggie like pumpkin, zucchini and similar will require longer boiling process (depending on the quantity) than the regular leaf.
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You prepare all veggie in a "blanching" process...
Great, thank you. I'll have to start doing this.
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You can use Tums or similar antacid tabs or the calcium pills for humans. I have used both. The generic tums fruit flavored were a big hit.LOL Evan the fish ate them. The shrimp seemed to go for the tablets, maybe because the snails and fish hogged the antacid tablets. The ones with vitamin D are fine. Applesnail.net has lots of good advice for taking care of mystery snails.
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Do you know the GH of our water? Chances your plants will need calcium as well. CaSO4 or GH Booster contains CaSO4
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