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black diamond/beauty killing snails?

My nails seem to be suffering with my black diamond substrate...

Never had this problem before, and they're doing fine in my other tank. I see them keeled over with the particles stuck on them... has anyone else noticed this?
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Well... it is abrasive media, used for sandblasting. I would not be entirely surprised if it would cut them up over time, so to speak.


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Re: black diamond/beauty killing snails?

What kind of snails? MTS? Nerite?
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black diamond/beauty killing snails?

I've had mystery snails in it in the past, raised a colony of MTS in it, and currently have 3 nerites in a 30 gal with it. I can't imagine how it would hurt them with the layer is slime on their foot.
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I've has as many as 6 tanks all with Black Diamond and MTS running at once...plenty of full grown snails in the tanks so I'd say it hasn't affected them.


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Re: black diamond/beauty killing snails?

There are different grades of blackdiamond... did you buy one of the sharper varieties? I went with the smallest grade 80. It looks like sand. I have a few mts in there that are doing great.
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pink apple, pond, some unknowns

all i could find was 20/40... wishing i had ordered a finer grain.

lots of people report using 20/40 with good results though
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My pest snails seem to be thriving jus fine in my bdg
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Re: black diamond/beauty killing snails?

I have the 80 grade and it's fine as sand.
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warlock, what grit?
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warlock, what grit?
from Tractor Supply.. pretty sure it was 20/40 and the one from NORTHERN TOOLS was finer.. 30/60..

i returned the NORTHERN TOOLS black diamond
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Snails suffering from sharp substrates

Say that seven simes

It's probably low alkalinity or hardness.
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Re: black diamond/beauty killing snails?

Yep. My snails thrive in 20-40 grit. Calcium!
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How are you all maintaining appropriate calcium levels?
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How are you all maintaining appropriate calcium levels?

river rocks or cuddlebone
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