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tums calcium supplement for shrimp

Does anyone know or had anyone heard if tums or other anti acid or heartburn calcium supplements would be ok to put into SHRIMP aquarium if so how much if so what was youre experience?
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I would assume a kH spike from the dissolving tablet? Probably not a good idea. Cuttlebone is probably a better path for calcium supplementation


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ty ty i think i heard that one b4 ty!
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btw how much cuttlebone would you advise to use and how often .i assume the cuttlebone has a minimal effect on kh then right.
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I used crushed boiled egg shell, I crushed it with a heavy object and then tossed it in. 4 days later had a berried female! Don't know if its coincidence, but I noticed the shrimp seem happier. Still don't have the TDS pen, Just lost my job. So, hopefully soon.
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Do the shrimp actually munch on the cuttlebone or eggshells?
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egg shell?

I'd love to hear more. Is the boiling to rid of any ickiness that maybe on the shell or does it make the nutrients more readily available?
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If you decide to try it, Tums tends to dissolve into a cloudy mess in the tank. I'd use Caltrate which has a different formulation and stays in larger pieces and doesnt cloud water.

If you really want it to dissolve, then GH Booster does a much better job than an antacid.
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mine seem to like it. I crushed it till there was some powder and small pieces, I was just looking at them and they seem to be munching on it.
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i tried egg shell and all that happened was the shrimp and snails ate what little membrane on the inside and that was it. as for cuttlebone i use that. just a small piece in the tank and the shrimp will pick at it. it does dissolve over time and will raise the kh a bit. but over time it is good for shrimp and snails
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I've heard of people who've suggested throwing in a small piece of crushed coral or seashell. A very small amount, as these will also cause the pH to rise, but they should dissolve and release calcium into the water.
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I used tums in my tank after several suggested it for my snails and 1. didn't improve their shells and 2. 24 hours after I dosed they became VERY lethargic. I don't have experience with shrimp and tums per say, but my vote is go with cuttlebone or eggshells...natural supplements that won't harm anything.

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Re: tums calcium supplement for shrimp

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I used tums in my tank after several suggested it for my snails and 1. didn't improve their shells and 2. 24 hours after I dosed they became VERY lethargic. I don't have experience with shrimp and tums per say, but my vote is go with cuttlebone or eggshells...natural supplements that won't harm anything.
I tried it too. And nothing like that happened. I put a quarter piece in tho. Didn't go crazy with it

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You can definitely give them tums for calcium .... That's what I feed my blue velvet shrimp I give them a tiny piece and they loooove it...

Omg I'm so sorry I just noticed that this was a question asked in 2013 🤣

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I use feeding blocks which have Ca and Mg in them..Im a newbie, but I thought it seemed like a good idea. The shrimp and snails love them. They go and graze on it.

Bump: I might try cuttle fish now though... seems more natural and probably has other things in it too
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