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Adding liquid calcium
HI everyone, would like to ask if I add liquid calcium to my aquarium that has a nerite snail with chipped shell but it is also housed with a single betta, is it OK?
Do you have a GH/KH test kit? If your water is hard enough then there should be enough calcium in there to help the snail to heal. You can also supplement with calcium-rich foods or drop a piece of cuttlebone in the tank for the snail to chew on
Thanks Aquaphobia did the GH/KH test on their current tank and it was ok only PH level was slightly lower but I will be moving them to a bigger home this weekend. Tank is still cycling, will test their new home too. The pet store didn't have cuttlebone and suggested I get natural stones which I did, to help with improving the low PH. Not sure if the stones will help with calcium but if GH/KH is fine in the new tank, I'll go with the flow.
What kind of stones did they sell you?
They initially wanted me to get the small gravel type stones, natural they said but I thought it was too small for my betta hence asked for bigger ones. Wanted natural stones too hence they pointed me to these. Do you think it helps other than aesthetic reason?
Hard to say without touching them but those look like quartz or a similarly inert mineral. I don't think they're going to do anything to your pH.
No worries, thanks Aquaphobia Think I'll scout around other stores for scuttlebone
Look in the bird section for cuttlebone
You can also use clean eggshells that you've baked in the oven or clean shells. You can even buy such shells at the pet store. I'm surprised yours didn't steer you to those!
It's a pretty big pet store but the guy serving me was specialised in marine section. That said, no excuse. Appreciate the tip! I'll go with the eggshells for the snails tank now.
As stated above, at my large chain pet sore cuttlebone is in the bird section since birds chew on it. Good luck. I would try your pet store again.
You can also find cuttlebone in most walmart stores, in the bird section. A piece is a dollar or two and you can grab it while you're getting groceries. Just make sure if you want to use cuttlebone, that it isn't flavored or colored. I've seen flavored and dyed ones to make them more appealing to birds but don't think that would be very good for the water. Natural cuttlebone is white or slightly off-white, that's what you want to look for.
Thanks Mom2Some and xxbyamomentx - I went to another nearby pet store and the moment I mentioned it, they brought me round to the bird section. It is off-white and I've placed it in the tank with my 2 nerite snails. Thanks again!