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ron
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Username: rockinrodent67

Post Number: 72
Registered: 02-2006
Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - 02:52 pm:       

My snails's shells aren't doing very well. The center has become pitted, and some have cracks splits and irregular growth. I've bought liquid calcium thinking they're lacking it. The lfs and manufacture, which I contacted, recommend only doing 1/4 dose for freshwater. I don't think they're getting enough. I'm not seeing any improvments, just condtions getting worse. Here's my parameters:

ph 7.0
dKh 3 degrees
ammonia 0
nitrite 0.50
nitrate 60 ppm

I am in my 6th week for the tank, so it appears to be almost cycled, by looking at the numbers.

Now, how much calcium can I add, will any amounts be toxic for fish, what parameters will it affect? Also, how will it affect a blue lobster?
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Pamela
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Username: pamelajo

Post Number: 378
Registered: 02-2005


Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - 06:24 pm:       

Hi Ron,
You need to get you Ph up a bit, if the ph is too low it can damage shells. , I keep mine at 7.6- 7.8. Try adding some crushed coral to your tank, will help the ph naturally. 1 c per 10 gallons. You can also feed veg high in calcium. Parsley and kale are two. I add full amount of kents to my tanks.
dkh may need to come up too, but it may when you add the coral. I not good with the kh/gh without looking it up, so hope someone else pops in to answer that. If no one has later I will look it up but don't have time right now. Hope that is some help?
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Pamela
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Username: pamelajo

Post Number: 379
Registered: 02-2005


Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - 07:38 pm:       

Did a little digging. Ph can be as low as 7, but ideal is 7.6 - 8.4. Perfect range for dgh is 7 -9. kh can't find but if I remember right it should be around 6.
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ron
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Username: rockinrodent67

Post Number: 75
Registered: 02-2006
Posted on Thursday, March 16, 2006 - 12:07 am:       

How often do you add the kent's calcium?
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Pamela
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Username: pamelajo

Post Number: 380
Registered: 02-2005


Posted on Thursday, March 16, 2006 - 07:34 am:       

Once a week. Some may add it more than that.
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Debra Ann
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Username: debraann

Post Number: 1049
Registered: 06-2004


Posted on Friday, March 17, 2006 - 12:54 am:       

Here is a link to a list of high calcium foods:


http://badmanstropicalfish.com/discus/messages/27480/50646.html?1122449627

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debbs
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Username: debbs95

Post Number: 1577
Registered: 01-2004


Posted on Friday, March 17, 2006 - 06:25 am:       

Ron, high Nitrates will also damage the shells.

Were the snails in the tank while it was cycling?
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ron
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Username: rockinrodent67

Post Number: 78
Registered: 02-2006
Posted on Friday, March 17, 2006 - 08:01 am:       

Sort of, they weren't in there from the beginning, but they probably were in there during part of the cycling process.
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molly b
Junior Member
Username: molly

Post Number: 11
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Monday, March 20, 2006 - 06:07 pm:       

That list of foods with calcium- do they need to be raw or cooked? Are they all safe for the others in the tank too (fish/dwarf frogs/shrimp?)
I tried to look at the applesnail.net link, seems to no longer work...
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Pamela
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Username: pamelajo

Post Number: 383
Registered: 02-2005


Posted on Monday, March 20, 2006 - 07:27 pm:       

Brigs like theirs cooked abit but canas will eat raw.
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larry
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Username: gomezaddams

Post Number: 793
Registered: 05-2005


Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 01:29 am:       

Raisins! I never would have thought of that Thanks!
Waiting will fill
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