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I am interested in keeping some Mystery snails but have several questions as the last time I tried to keep them I was unsuccessful.

Their shells quickly became pitted and they ended up dying. A large part of the problem might be that I only occasionally supplied them with calcium rich food (maybe once a week)...I guess I was always used to smaller pest snails that needed no maintenance. I dose Ca to my tank but from the appearance of their shells I am not sure if it is enough. All the Ca test kits I see are labeled for saltwater. I have very soft water but I have been upping the Ph with sodium bicarbonate. It is currently at 7.4.

So I guess most of my questions are about Ca in the water column and how much either that and/or the diet contributed to their demise (I imagine it is a combo of both). Any good way of testing the amt of Ca in the water (a link to a kit perhaps)? Does temp matter? The tank is usually around 75°. Their condition took me by surprise as I haven’t had similar issues with other snails.

I read some will eat plants, but I see a plethora of snails in other’s planted tanks. Anything I definitely need to stay away from?

Lastly, the tank I would like to have them in has a raised Ph as I mentioned, but I am looking at getting some Rams in the future. I have read that they are at their best in a lower Ph. What is the minimum Ph I can keep these snails at?

I have read all the minimums and such, but I do know their are exceptions to rules, as I continue to see in threads. How did I go wrong and am I doomed to only keep Ramshorns?
 

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I've been automatically raising the ph for years so I was a little surprised that it was above 7 seeing the snails condition. I figured maybe I had slipped and had let it get low.
 
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