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All-Water Boards => Other Aquatic Pets => Topic started by: Tinker on January 15, 2014, 09:14:52 AM



Title: apple snails and pH
Post by: Tinker on January 15, 2014, 09:14:52 AM
Now I have some lovely apple snails, and they are doing a wonderful job of cleaning. But my tanks are a low pH 6.6 - 7 which I know long term would cause thinning of the snails shell but I dont want to change the pH in those tanks.
Can I rotate snails into their own aquarium with parameters ideal for them after they have been in the lower pH tanks for a while for shell maintenance so I can benefit from their excellent janitorial skills.
Or will this not work.


Title: Re: apple snails and pH
Post by: Belinda on January 15, 2014, 09:58:32 PM
I really do not know how they would be in the lower pH tanks long term ..
You are planning to do what I would do..... setting up one dedicated snail tank .

You can use a substrate in the dedicated snail tank.that will raise the mineral content and the pH. to help maintain strong shells . , aragonite , crushed coral or limestone. I put a cuttlebone in my snail tank to have a source of calcium available for the snails to graze on.( available in the section for birds at the LSF)I have read of others doing that and have had no issues with doing it.

I like to keep an apple snail in my fry tanks to eat excess food and help promote the growth of infusoria.


Title: Re: apple snails and pH
Post by: russ on January 15, 2014, 10:11:03 PM
Tinker,

Have you had a chance to check this out? May get some additional info on your snail needs:

http://www.applesnail.net/


Title: Re: apple snails and pH
Post by: Spuds on January 16, 2014, 01:50:55 AM
I used to feed my snails pellets with calcium in them..... i think they might have been for crab/ crayfish but cant remember


Title: Re: apple snails and pH
Post by: Tinker on January 16, 2014, 11:09:30 AM
Thanks Belinda, Russ and Spuds.
Yeah Russ I had found that site.
 I think I will make a snail tank and rotate the snails so they arent in the lower pH tanks for too long and make sure to supplement their diet with calcium.  Another tank lol, I think I have a problem  :happy:


Title: Re: apple snails and pH
Post by: Debra on January 18, 2014, 05:51:03 AM
Liquid calcium drops will also help to keep their shells strong.


HTH