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« on: March 09, 2009, 11:18:27 AM »

I read in the brig profile that egg shells can be used for added calcium.  How do you do this? Just crumple them up in your hand and sprinkle on the gravel? Or grind them up as fine as you can?

How much is recomended for a 5 or 10 gal tank, each with a batch of golden apple hatchlings, about 3 weeks old?

Any other tips for raising healthy baby brigs?
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2009, 11:46:48 AM »

good question ,,,  I threw a cuttlebone in with mine , but Id like to know about the eggshells too Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2009, 12:36:35 AM »

Bump! Any experience with egg shells would help.  Calcium suppliments for fish aren't available in my town, and I don't like ordering online.

What about calcium tablets for humans?  I have a big bottle of those, I think they are maid from sea shells or something.
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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2009, 01:01:14 AM »

I'm glad you bumped this. Smiley

The best way to get calcium in your water is buy a bottle of Kent's Liquid Calcium and add a few drops every other day.

Cuttlebone provides a little calcium also. Every little bit counts.

A steady pH (also very important) can be achieved by adding crushed coral to your substrate or by putting some in a small bag and putting it in your filter.

I'm going to assume that since you have so many hatchlings that you plan to sell them. You want them to look nice and have perfect shells. *At least I do when I plan to sell a batch.

Steady & High pH Over 7 is a must. Add calcium drops to the water. High in Calcium foods.

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My experience with egg shells was a disaster. I'm also not certain as to how much calcium the shells actually add to the water.

What I did: ONCE - I crushed the eggs shells but not into a powder. If it turns into a powder then you're simply going to suck it all out with a vac. I sprinkled the egg shell on the substrate. Because it wasn't in a powder form it poked the snails and they didn't appear to like getting on the bottom of the tank.

I then tried to remove the small/tiny pieces of egg shells from the gravel. It was impossible to do so I had to remove the substrate and put new gravel back in the tank.

Egg shells are usable but I won't ever try to use them again.

I know you don't like to order things online but you really do need some calcium drops.

A batch of hatchlings should be 50 - 100 babies. You can successfully raise them in a 10 but you will have to perform a water change every day or every other day. Your pH will drop quickly as the hatchlings grow.

I hope that Helped! Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2009, 09:49:55 AM »

good info
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