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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-22-2014, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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Higher CO2 effects on snails ?

Hi guys,

I have 5 Nerite, 1 Ramshorn and 1 Apple snails, and no fishies.

I just installed my CO2 setup and I'm wondering if I crank it up too high if it will have a negative effect on my snails?

Thanks for your thoughts, Todd
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-22-2014, 09:30 PM
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It depends on what you mean by crank it up? If you turn it up high enough you could kill just about anything. I've had my co2 up to 60ppm before with no visible effects on fish or snails. Use a drop checker and you'll get a good idea of what's in the tank. If this is your first co2 system start slow then build up, you really have to mess around with it for a couple days to figure out a good balance.
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Low PH can cause pitting in snails, but it the damage would just be aesthetic. I have 2 large apple snails in my 55 that has a pH of about 6.7 and they are doing just fine.
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Nerites never did well in my tank with co2. They always became lethargic, then eventually died. My water is was also very acidic though so that with the co2 just nuked all snails. Even my MTS didn't do well.

I think if your pH is higher you will be fine. Mine bottomed out at 5.5 at one point. MTS and ramshorns in my other tank which runs a higher pH do fine though.
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my pH always runs around 7.6 and pH Decrease doesn't do much to change that and I don't like putting another chemical in there if I don't have to.
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does anyone else have expereince with their snails and too much CO2 ? I'd really like to stick to the pH/kH CO2 reference chart. I really would like not to buy a drop checker
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