Calcium deficient Snail?

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Calcium deficient Snail?

Postby Kat_Phish » Tue Mar 06, 2012 9:10 pm

My apple snail is looking a bit poorly, his shell is brittle, and he doesn't fit it any more, it doesn't seem to be growing as much as he is.

Is there anything I can put in my tank to help him a bit that won't affect the other fish? Or the other chemical levels in my tank?

Went to P@H and they suggested cockle shells, but AF reckons this might change my PH too much for my other fish?

any help greatly appreciated :)

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Re: Calcium deficient Snail?

Postby Carylnz » Wed Mar 07, 2012 10:12 am

Snails need alkaline water to keep their shells in top condition.
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Re: Calcium deficient Snail?

Postby PeterMcgee » Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:22 pm

i read somewhere that cuttlefish ( this hard bit usually for budgie cages ) could help to improve snail shells
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Re: Calcium deficient Snail?

Postby Carylnz » Thu Mar 08, 2012 12:09 am

Cuttlefish bone is added to turtle tanks for that reason. Not sure if it has to be eaten or if just floating in the water is enough to alter alkalinity. It does not have to bee too far alkaline to improve the shell without being too alkaline for the fish. Most species are tolerant of a pH between 6.8 - 7.4.
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Re: Calcium deficient Snail?

Postby Angel Fish » Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:32 am

Unfortunately, but not unexpectedly, Bob the snail died over the weekend.
Kats' tank has a pH of 7.2, so I can't see that being the problem. I don't know the Hardness of her water, but as the snail wasn't her idea (men :roll: ), I know she won't be replacing it.


Kat, about the other fish recommended for your tank by the "very helpful" girl in the shop - have a read of this ....... I won't say I told you so :wink:
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Re: Calcium deficient Snail?

Postby markee » Mon Mar 12, 2012 11:33 am

Angel Fish wrote:Unfortunately, but not unexpectedly, Bob the snail died over the weekend.
Kats' tank has a pH of 7.2, so I can't see that being the problem. I don't know the Hardness of her water, but as the snail wasn't her idea (men :roll: ), I know she won't be replacing it.


Kat, about the other fish recommended for your tank by the "very helpful" girl in the shop - have a read of this ....... I won't say I told you so :wink:


Isn't it wrong to generalise AF? :cheeky:
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Re: Calcium deficient Snail?

Postby sashron » Mon Mar 12, 2012 2:23 pm

Poor Bob, he had such a good name for a snail...
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Re: Calcium deficient Snail?

Postby Angel Fish » Tue Mar 13, 2012 4:23 am

Markee, no it's not :cheeky: :innocent: :mrgreen:
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Re: Calcium deficient Snail?

Postby markee » Tue Mar 13, 2012 1:36 pm

Fair one :cry:
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