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I was wanting to start adding liquid calcium to my tanks because my snails' shells aren't looking the best and I already have hard, alkaline water, high ph and everything else I should have. Anyway, I was at the lfs and checked the Kents Liquid Calcium - which shows as being for marine aquariums. It lists the main ingredient as Calcium Chloride. Then there was one by SeaChem, Reef Calcium (also for marine aquariums). It listed the main ingredient as Calcium Gluconate. The only thing I could read significantly different on the label was that the Kents mentions not containing gluconates which could in time make a slimy build-up in the tank. I asked the workers about it and they said I could not use it in a freshwater tank and why would I want to? I told them it was for snails - their shells. Then they said - No one had ever asked for calcium for their snails shells before and I said, Well, have you ever known anyone who raised snails before and they said No and I said, Well, I Do! Anyway - bottom line - I purchased (but haven't yet opened, or used) the Kents Liquid Calcium. Is THAT safe for my freshwater tanks and my fish at the one drop per gallon ratio that you've mentioned in the previous posts? Will it cause the water to cloud, or slime to build-up or whatever? How soon do you think I would notice any change in the snails shells - to know if it was making a difference? In your opinion, will adding the calcium make enough of a difference to warrant it? Thank you for your time!
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Snails do not require a lot. They need clean water, just like fish. A pH from 6 to 7.5 is acceptable. Keep in mind, however, that a lower pH is acidic. This acidic environment can degrade a snails shell, which is made of calcium. So, don't let the pH drop too low. Salinity and Copper are two substances that should be completely avoided because these are toxic to aquatic snails. Contrary to popular belief, the snails do need to be feed specifically. In a tank with fish, the snail will not be able to compete for food. The snail could die if it is not fed separately. Look father down this page for "snail jello", a creative, homemade snail food recipe. Not only can the snails starve, but a bad diet results in bad shell health. A snail (unlike a hermit crab) cannot survive without its shell. So, any cracks or thin spots in the shell can be life threatening to the snail. this is why it is very important to have calcium available in the water. The snail can reinforce its shell with this calcium. This can be done by adding cuttlebone to aquarium. Cuttlebone is intended for birds, but it is safe for in an aquarium. It comes cheap, in big pieces. Just break a piece off and weigh it down with a rock. Your snails will come and just sit on it, absorbing the calcium. They will also ingest/eat it directly. Some snails are also very good for eating/cleaning up algae.In most cases, don't add liquid calcium into a snail tank until two days after a partial water change. This is because most tapwater supplies have enough calcium to sustain a snail tank for at least a day or two. So there should be no need to add any liquid calciuminto the tank until the snails have used up all of the available calcium. (Large snails can use up all of the available calcium in the water column in 2 or 3 days. The amount of liquid calcium required will vary depending on the size of the snails, the number of snails, thecalcium content in the water supply, the water quality and the size of the aquarium).As an example : If the addition of liquid calcium is required, then add one drop of liquid calcium for every 10 gallons ofaquarium water. Add liquid calcium into your snail tanks every 3 days. This amount will vary depending on the number of snails that you have and depending on the size of the snail tank. Some tanks require more or less drops of calcium per 10 gallons.