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Adding calcium to my snail tank?

How can i add calcium to my snail / shrimp tank safely?

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throw in those white chalk vacation feeders.
they have the 20-30% calcium carbonate
snails and other crustaceans may need.

common Antacid tablets are also mostly
calcium carbonate, but I have no idea if
other ingredients may hurt your snails.
I've used the cheap Kirkland brand from
Costco on my crayfish, and they seem
just fine with them.

gregwatson.com also has pure CaMgCO3.


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wont that crap up the water with food?
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they dissolve very slowly, over many days.
so just feed your fish a bit less, that's all.
the extra time and food incentive will enable
your shrimp to locate and eat the calcium.


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Chaz, my coworker adds weekend feeders to her snail tank. Her gH is pretty high, but her apples just laid a clutch of eggs tonight, so I think they must be happy! Go easy at first and watch your gH to see how they effect it, but from what I've seen they are safe.


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All you need is cuttlebone from the bird dept of the petstore.

It'll take a day to sink but my snails are all over it. Its made from calcium carbonate.
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The whole cuttlebone? Would calcium pills from the rx do the same thing?
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What about plain clean sea shells? Can't you put some in the filter and they will slowly dissolve? I kept a few shells in my AC30 for a while.

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I need something to improve the shell quality of my blue ramshorn. They used to be smooth looking but are a little crusty now. I hate being stupid.
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Would calcium pills from the rx do the same thing?
I tried half of a Kirkland 600mg calcium tablet on my crayfish. they eagerly eat it, but the powder inside dissolves in minutes and clouds up your tank in a white haze that takes a few hours to clear. they seem to like it better than the antacid i tried last week that did not cloud my water.


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