Question Ramshorn Stripes/bands?

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I noticed that some of my ramshorn snails have this pattern. I had seen it before and just thought it was a different variation/mutation/coloring but upon closer inspection it looks a little bit like perhaps they are molting? Does that seem right? Has anyone else seen this before? It’s only on my largest ramshorns that I see the bands or stripes. Have they just grown too large for their shells? Is this just a cool pattern? Or are they molting? Is this normal? Thanks for any thoughts!
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Did you earlier post a pic in "snailpics" as well cause I've seen this before but don't recall if that were yours.

Could it be a lack.of.calcium maybe.

Looks cool btw
Wasn’t me! I’m glad, though, that I’m not the only person on here with this question!
Is there a way to check calcium levels? What’s the best way to add extra calcium?
 
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The hardness readings will give you a general idea. There's lots of ways to add more. Cuttlebone, crushed coral, sea shells etc.
I have a lot of calcium in my water so if the appearance of the ones I ordered changes in my tank I'll let you know
Perfect, @nikm128! Definitely let me know. I just find it strange that only the very largest ones have the stripes. I do have cuttlebone so I may add some and see if anything changes.
 

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I've noticed on some of my larger red rams that they will have bands of darker red/orange along with their normal coloration. I'm guessing it was caused by times of good/bad water quality and/or lots of food, kinda like the growth rings in trees. Assuming that the growth rings would be more compact/thin it would imply poor growing conditions, meaning they have condensed pigment in that area. An even coloration means steady conditions. Just a theory, might have to put that theory into action sometime.

Other than that, if the bands are rough and pitted then it is likely calcium related.
 

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This was a while back so I don’t have the originals anymore. Did a quick search in my snail bucket and found this guy with a couple small bands.

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That looks nice, doesn't look to be "rough" or "pitted" to me. I think it's natural coloration, now the ones @MusicalFishies has, I think those might be calcium related. The lighter color looks like it sits below the rest of the shell to me
 
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That looks nice, doesn't look to be "rough" or "pitted" to me. I think it's natural coloration, now the ones @MusicalFishies has, I think those might be calcium related. The lighter color looks like it sits below the rest of the shell to me
I’d agree @nikm128. I have smaller ones that are colored like those @Demeter shared but the large ones I originally posted are definitely a bit rough or pitted. I’ll be adding some cattle bone to the tank to see if it helps. I wonder if anyone know how long it should take for their shells to fill in?
 

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Cool fact: Birds can get "stress bars" in their feathers that appear quite similar, and are thought to have the same cause/origin.
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from: http://www.carebirds.com/about-stress-bars-that-are-found-on-birds-feathers/

I have some prior personal experience with these back when I was a post-grad bird bander/researcher. They're more common in younger (more vulnerable, less experienced) birds. Occasionally, we would find regional presence of these in newly fledged baby birds, that tied back to a very cold or wet stretch of days when their parents couldn't find/bring them food while they were in the nest.

Major building block of feathers: Calcium.
 

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I’d agree @nikm128. I have smaller ones that are colored like those @Demeter shared but the large ones I originally posted are definitely a bit rough or pitted. I’ll be adding some cattle bone to the tank to see if it helps. I wonder if anyone know how long it should take for their shells to fill in?
Probably a month or two before you notice much
 
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