Can I feed cooked ham bone to Nerite Snails and/or Ghost Shrimp?

Jonathan1212

I have a 10 gallon tank set up and ready for some nerite snails and ghost shrimp that I'll be going to get later this week. I know that if it's only going to be an invertebrate aquarium with just snails and shrimp, then there may not be enough continuous algae being produced for them to eat. I'm planning to get some algae wafers, but I know that both snails and shrimp will need a good source of calcium to keep them growing. I have some leftover ham bone from Christmas dinner and wanted to know if this would work. It has already been cooked, but I don't think that affects its ability to provide calcium at all.

Can I wash the bone off and drop it in my tank for the snails and shrimp? Or would I be better off getting shells for them?
Thank you!
 

AggressiveAquatics

I feel like it should be ok because people feed cuttlebone so it’s probably like the same thing. But make sure it has no seasonings or anything on the bone that was on the meat.
 
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kansas

ham is usually salty, dunno if that would be a problem.
 
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Zach72202

If its just the bone, I would boil it until it is clean. Thats the least you can do to ensure it is safe for entrance to the aquarium.

Now they don't exactly eat the calcium specifically but rather eat anything thats food, sure they can, but keeping it in the water column, by putting crushed coral or cuttlebone, keeps the ppm of it within the water column high so that their shells/exoskeleton does not dissolve into the water.

I am not going to say its a bad idea, but rather just out of the ordinary. I am assuming its from a dinner ham, so just boil it and take off any material off of it so it doesn't 1: foul the water when it decomposes, and 2: may introduce things you don't want in the aquarium.
 
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StarGirl

I would get a cuddle bone. Or egg shells. A animal bone Im pretty sure its not the same.

I just looked and you would have to let it totally dry out and get all of the marrow out ..... It has to be totally dry and cleaned out. Plopping your dinner bone won't be a good thing. It will more than likely just foul your water. There are threads on FL if you want to see them. I not even sure the shrimp would eat ham, also it would make your water reallllly salty.
 
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RelaxingBettas

If its just the bone, I would boil it until it is clean. Thats the least you can do to ensure it is safe for entrance to the aquarium.

Now they don't exactly eat the calcium specifically but rather eat anything thats food, sure they can, but keeping it in the water column, by putting crushed coral or cuttlebone, keeps the ppm of it within the water column high so that their shells/exoskeleton does not dissolve into the water.

I am not going to say its a bad idea, but rather just out of the ordinary. I am assuming its from a dinner ham, so just boil it and take off any material off of it so it doesn't 1: foul the water when it decomposes, and 2: may introduce things you don't want in the aquarium.
Yeah I like to bury mine deeply in the garden or boil until they can be ground for pet food, but I'm more inclined towards a piece of holey limestone and a cuttlebone in the water, I think it would need to be aged like wood or it would get nasty, boiled or not.
 
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86 ssinit

A ham bone? I would leave all table scraps for the dog . An animal bone in a 10g sounds like the recipe for disaster.
 
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