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snails empty shells

Postby jennifer o » Fri Sep 28, 2012 10:23 pm

hiya,

ive noticed recently that snails that are in my tank, not put in there by me are now dyding because i keep finding empty shells everywhere.

does this indicate a problem with my water? iwanted rid of them for a while like, but just wondering what the issue might be?
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Re: snails empty shells

Postby Carylnz » Sun Sep 30, 2012 5:30 am

What is the pH? If your water is acidic, rather than alkaline, the snail shells will deteriorate and the snails will die.
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Re: snails empty shells

Postby jennifer o » Sun Sep 30, 2012 11:44 am

hi there the ph is quite low 6.4....not good i know...any ideas on how to increase tthe ph?

i bought some api ph up but bit worried about it...anything nayural i could use?
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Re: snails empty shells

Postby Carylnz » Sun Sep 30, 2012 8:50 pm

Never use pH Up or Down as it usually results in pH swings, depending on the general water hardness.
Try adding shells or bird grit. You can put the grit in a mesh (bit of old pantyhose will do) bag in the filter, if there's space, or tuck it behind a rock out of sight. Limestone also raises pH.
If it was water quality issues, the snails would be all madly climbing to the surface in an attempt to get out of the water.
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