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Author Topic: KEEPING HAPPY SNAILS  (Read 26485 times)
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« on: June 27, 2007, 11:58:05 PM »

How do you keep snails happy? They need a high in calcium diet and a high pH for healthy strong shells.

Adding crushed coral to your substrate or in your filter can help to raise your pH. One cup per 25 gallons of water is usually all you need.

Housing Requirements: Aquarium, Filter, Heater, Thermometer, Aquarium Hood.

Using an Aquarium Hood is vital when keeping pet snails. Brigs. will easily climb out of any aquarium regardless of size. Block all escape routes.

Brigs. are tropical and it is required that you provide them with warm water. A thermometer will ensure that your heater is working properly, and that the water is at the right temperature.

Snails are messy eaters, and produce a lot of waste for their size. A HOB or other type of filter is required to keep the aquarium clean.

Water Additives: Conditioner, Liquid Calcium Drops.

Pomacea Bridgessi (brigs.) need 2.5 gallons of water per snail.

In the Other Aquatic Section we refer to pest snails and pet snails. I encourage anyone with snails in their aquarium to either know in advance what they are or provide a picture for us so that we can ID the snail for you.

Members have provided a list of foods that they feed their Pet Snails. Please feel free to read their responses to the question:

What do you feed your snails?

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« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2007, 12:28:00 AM »

zuchinni, cucumbers, and bananas are a fav.
mine did not touch lime, orange, or lemon. They are not fond of lettuce.

But the thing they eat and find the fastest are shrimp pellets, and Melody's bottom bites!
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« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2007, 07:41:24 AM »

broccoli, cucumber, zucchini, apple, banana, spinach, lettuce...

homemade snail cookies (gelatin based)
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« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2007, 10:30:23 AM »

Snail Cookies (Gelatin) Wink

one packet of Knox unflavored Gelatin (NOT Jello Smiley )
1 4oz jar of high calcium veggie baby food (Spinach, Squash, Green Beans, etc)
add crushed up fish food - enough so it's visible in the mix (crushed Shrimp Pellets, high protein flake, etc)
Extra Calcium (if desired) - I found a gell filled tablet and squeezed the gel into the mix

Heat up the baby food in the microwave for ~45 seconds and immediately mix in the gelatin.
Add the fish food and extra calcium mixing well.  Pour/spoon into a flat container, place in refrigerator, and allow to gel.  Cut into pieces and drop in the tank Smiley

This freezes perfectly, just thaw it in the fridge and it's like it was never frozen Wink
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« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2007, 10:41:06 AM »

Apple (microwaved for 30 seconds to cook and soften it) bananas, snail jello (veggie baby food base), snail cookies (Music's recipe), shrimp pellets, raisins, occasionally even cooked, unseasoned fish/shrimp/crab meat.

Brussel sprouts (cooked) go over really well, too.
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« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2007, 12:54:23 PM »

Zucchini
Yellow squash
Apple
Carrot
Green Beans
Romaine lettuce
Peas
Raisins
Algae wafers
Shrimp pellets
Strawberry
Sweet Potato
Cucumber
Spinach
Shari’s snail cookies

Sometimes I drop in a piece of cuttlebone and they will nibble on that.
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« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2007, 02:54:54 PM »

Cucumber, shrimp pellets, mine eat betta bites  Wink, veggie tablets and algae tablets, frozen bloodworms and flake. That's all I feed my fish.
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« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2007, 12:03:35 PM »

They will if I cook it a little bit so it's soft. They are not too picky. I think snails are smarter than we give them credit for! LOL

Mine especially love raisins. Squish them open and throw a few in the tank--you should see the snail races! Once I put a large raisin in a tank of baby snails, and it rehydrated itself into a "grape." Those snails fed off that thing for several days--it looked like a little snail covered balloon. lol
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« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2007, 01:02:20 PM »

Snail jello~ Baby food veggie at least 2% calcium, unflavored gelitain, flake food, algae tabs, and powdered calcium if needed

Cucumber, apple, potato, carrots, green beans, shimp pellets, algae tabs, parsley, and other veggies.
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« Reply #9 on: July 17, 2007, 02:25:59 AM »

This list was put together by the members of AppleSnail.net .

Vegetables

Calcium per 100 gram serving:

Dill Weed 208 mg
Turnip Greens 190 mg
Collards 145 mg
Parsley 138 mg
Kale 135 mg
Watercress 120 mg
Beet Greens 119 mg
Chinese Cabbage 105 mg
Mustard Greens 103 mg
Chicory Greens 100 mg
Spinach 99 mg
Okra 81 mg
Leaf Lettuce 68 mg
Cilantro 67 mg
Purslane 65 mg
Endive 52 mg
Swiss Chard 51 mg
Broccoli 48 mg
Cabbage 47 mg
Rutabaga 47 mg
Brussel Sprouts 42 mg
Celery 40 mg
Sweet Potato Leaves 37 mg
Green Beans 37 mg
Romaine Lettuce 36 mg
Parsnips 36 mg
Head Lettuce 32 mg
Alfalfa Sprouts 32 mg
Squash (winter, all varieties) 31 mg
Turnip 30 mg
Carrots 27 mg
Kohlrabi 24 mg
Sweet Potato 22 mg
Cauliflower 22 mg
Asparagus 21 mg
Pumpkin 21 mg
Squash (summer, all varieties) 20 mg
Beets 16 mg
Cubeepber (with skin) 14 mg
Red and Green Peppers 9 mg
Tomato 5 mg
White Corn 2 mg

Fruits

Calcium per 100 gram Serving:

Seedless Raisins 49 mg
Orange 40 mg
Lime 33 mg
Blackberries 32 mg
Kiwi 26 mg
Lemon (no peel) 26 mg
Papaya 24 mg
Raspberries 22 mg
Sweet Cherries 15 mg
Strawberries 14 mg
Tangerine 14 mg
Apricots 14 mg
Grapefruit, White 12 mg
Grapefruit, Red & Pink 11 mg
Pear 11 mg
Cantaloupe 11 mg
Grapes 11 mg
Mango 10 mg
Watermelon 8 mg
Persimmon, Japanese 8 mg
Pineapple 7 mg
Apple (with skin) 7 mg
Cranberries 7 mg
Banana 6 mg
Honeydew Melon 6 mg
Blueberries 6 mg
Casaba Melon 5 mg
Nectarine 5 mg
Peach 5 mg

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« Reply #10 on: July 17, 2007, 09:49:37 AM »

Luckily I had this saved as a word document:

Musicalfingers' Snail Cookies
About 1 cup of dry dog food (I use Science Diet)
1 can of tuna
1 cup of spinach
1 egg

Grind the dog food in a food processor until it's like sand. Then blend the spinach, egg, and tuna together, and mix it into the dog food. Drop by teaspoonfuls (ish) onto a cookie sheet that has been lined with foil (or parchment paper), and bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees farenheit, then for an additional 20 minutes at 250 degrees.


I'll had that these sink after a little while in the water (my brigs will just climb up to get them, though! lol) The snails LOVE them. They do not cloud the water. Mine were made nearly 3 months ago, sealed in a plastic bag, and show no sign of going bad. Music did warn me to keep them dry, or they will mold quickly.

happy Hope that helps!
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« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2008, 07:20:30 PM »

WOW that is alot of information. Thanks.
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« Reply #12 on: December 22, 2008, 01:23:52 PM »

I was wondering what calcium supplement I can add to my tank for healthier snails?
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« Reply #13 on: December 22, 2008, 04:42:51 PM »

Kent's Liquid Calcium is what I use. 2 to 3 drops in a 29 gallon tank every other day keeps the shells nice and healthy.
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« Reply #14 on: February 14, 2009, 03:24:12 PM »

Great info ,, thanks for this Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: April 16, 2009, 12:49:59 PM »

Thanks this is very good info for me. happy
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« Reply #16 on: April 25, 2010, 02:40:58 PM »

Awesome information. I think I'll try one of those methods. ^^
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« Reply #17 on: May 15, 2010, 10:13:49 PM »

Does it have to be fresh parsley or can it be dried?
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« Reply #18 on: May 16, 2010, 10:17:17 PM »

Fresh parsley would have more vitamins but you can try dried parsley and see if they will eat it.

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« Reply #19 on: May 23, 2010, 10:03:03 AM »

What is Cubeepber? I tried looking it up but all it lists is Culpepper.
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« Reply #20 on: May 23, 2010, 02:19:06 PM »

My guess would be cucumber....Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: May 25, 2010, 05:23:13 AM »

What is Cubeepber? I tried looking it up but all it lists is Culpepper.


The only thing that google found for the word cubeepber was this thread.  confused
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« Reply #22 on: May 25, 2010, 10:31:41 AM »

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This list was put together by the members of AppleSnail.net .

Vegetables

Calcium per 100 gram serving:

Dill Weed 208 mg
Turnip Greens 190 mg
Collards 145 mg
Parsley 138 mg
Kale 135 mg
Watercress 120 mg
Beet Greens 119 mg
Chinese Cabbage 105 mg
Mustard Greens 103 mg
Chicory Greens 100 mg
Spinach 99 mg
Okra 81 mg
Leaf Lettuce 68 mg
Cilantro 67 mg
Purslane 65 mg
Endive 52 mg
Swiss Chard 51 mg
Broccoli 48 mg
Cabbage 47 mg
Rutabaga 47 mg
Brussel Sprouts 42 mg
Celery 40 mg
Sweet Potato Leaves 37 mg
Green Beans 37 mg
Romaine Lettuce 36 mg
Parsnips 36 mg
Head Lettuce 32 mg
Alfalfa Sprouts 32 mg
Squash (winter, all varieties) 31 mg
Turnip 30 mg
Carrots 27 mg
Kohlrabi 24 mg
Sweet Potato 22 mg
Cauliflower 22 mg
Asparagus 21 mg
Pumpkin 21 mg
Squash (summer, all varieties) 20 mg
Beets 16 mg
Cubeepber (with skin) 14 mg
Red and Green Peppers 9 mg
Tomato 5 mg
White Corn 2 mg

Fruits

Calcium per 100 gram Serving:

 See cubeepber Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: May 26, 2010, 06:32:46 AM »

How much do I put in the tank at a time? So far what I put in just floats for days where the snails can't get it, do I just throw in a big ole chunk or do you anchor it down with something?
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« Reply #24 on: May 26, 2010, 07:08:53 AM »

two ideas:

Use a Veggie clip to attach it to the glass

or

Secure it to the bottom of the tank with a fork. (I saw someone in the forum had a photo of that posted one time....great idea!)
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