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  1. I have a 40 gallon planted tank with neons, honey gourami, cherry shrimp, and snails. I am trying to feed my shrimp some calcium, so can I give them tums? Also if I crush the tums up and sprinkle it into my tank, will it add calcium into my tank's water, or can I just feed it to them?
  2. I've got some plants in my tank which are showing signs of Ca deficiency, namely my AR, Golden Nesaea, and even my Compacta Sword. New growth is a little gnarled, and smaller leaves on the stem plants, and the sword leaves aren't a smooth texture, they're a bit wavy. I tested the water, and my GH was 10-11 degrees, which seems a little high to me but I do have some rock in the tank that might be contributing to that. Tap water is a bit softer at around 6. My nitrates are a bit on the high side so I know I need to change the water out. I've also got a pretty big infestation of hair algae that I'm trying to deal with.My tank is a 40b with two Planted+ 24/7 lights that used to be on MAX at 5 hours per day, but just a day ago I dropped it to about 70% with no blue light. I use the PPS Pro method on Auto-Dose, currently at 6mL per day. I'm running CO2, currently trying to dial that in but the drop checker is green.So what do you guys think I'm dealing with? Any input is welcome!
  3. I was at Petco picking up a check valve and saw that they were selling rabbit snails so I picked one up, of course it's not in that great of shape and has some shell damage. What should I do to help prevent more damage to the shell? I already feed my snails tums and vegetables every other week.
  4. Ive got a Taiwan bee tank wich requires a 4 to 6 degrees GH and a zero KH. So I use Salty shrimp GH booster with my RODI but I feel like my Amano and Snails are lacking calcium for their shells. Any advice. Does adding wondershells raise GH without KH?
  5. I have neocaridina shrimps (blue dream in one tank, orange sakura in another). I have noticed few deaths lately where a white line appears where usually the shell breaks to allows a shrimp to molt so I think I may have a calcium problem? I tested my kh/gh with Cory’s test strips and I get 0 kh and 300 gh. The API drops says about 3kh and 11gh. My tanks are planted, cycled, ph of 7.6, temp between 75 and 78, 0/0/20. Weekly WC and syphoning of the gravel. The blue dream are species only, the orange are with clown killifish. I use cuttlebone but I heard Cory say he doesn’t like using it in one of the livestream. So I was wondering what are the other options? I know some pet stores have some block in shape of a turtle.. are these good? Or any other options?
  6. I have a forty breeder with Guppies, cory cats, blood fin tetras, golden wonder killis, a pearl gourami, and a small bushy nose pleco. Will adding wondershells to raise the hardness be ok? As some of the fish like softer water, but wonder shells will be a acclamation process right?
  7. Thanks for the time first off. I have a general question so holding off on pics etc.. Recently my beautiful black mollies stopped being active. When coming to greet me they sort of just waddled up to the glass surface.(nose up, tail down, and shimmying up instead of the normal swim behavior. I did dose the mollies 24 hours ago with Mardel Maracyn, and half a tble spoon of salt. They are showing signs of improvement and swimming better already! Did some research online. Ran into live bearer disease, and some causes. One which I think is the on going issue for my babies is the lack of calcium. I have a water softener installed on the house. So I know they are deficient. I know they like hard water and will do well in relatively high ph. My tap water is in the 8.2 to 8.4 spectrum, Id like to add crushed oyster shells to the tank to get in some calcium for them. I'm choosing this because I already have it for my chickens. 🙂 Also, because in my research it will just dissolve, letting me know when I need to insert more. My concern is the effect it will have on my ph. My mollies are fine where they are ph wise, but I have no idea how high or how fast the crushed oyster shells will send my ph, or the affect on my fish if the ph goes north of 8.4? I am looking for some advice on how best to proceed with adding some calcium via the crushed oyster shells.(unless there is an easier/safer method) Also, if I am on the right track here, how much would I put into a 20L with 8 black mollies? I have to find a way to get the calcium into my tanks with live bearers. Please help. Thanks again.
  8. I'm new to keeping shrimp but know they have some special mineral requirements for molting and staying healthy. I've seen some put crushed coral in their tanks for calcium, but I haven't done so. I don't know my exact hardness or TDS but I suspect they are mid-range (have seen calcium/lime build-up on tanks allowed to evaporate). I do have the Hikari shrimp cuisine but don't feed it everyday since they're sufficient biofilm. My question is, how much calcium do they need? Are there other good sources than crushed coral? What about pulverized egg shells? What other minerals are important for shrimp health/molting? One of my RCS is turning a cloudy-white. I'm not sure if this is due to molting recently/preparing to molt or if they're not getting enough needed minerals. I know one molted very soon after being introduced to my tank because I saw the exoskeleton, but since then, I added them (there was 3 total) to a larger tank until I re-scaped their dedicated 5 gal shrimp tank. Because they're in a 33 gal with lots of plants and rocks, I hadn't seen them much but now this one seems to be out and about much more. Not the best pics but gives you an idea of what I'm talking about. Thoughts? Should I just add the crushed coral? Anything else?
  9. Has anybody ever used the Zoo med turtle bone for a calcium supplement for mystery snails. I was looking for wonder shells and the lady said she uses these for her snails. If you have I was wondering how you get them to sink. I broke a piece of yesterday and threw it in a cup of tank water that I scoped out and I checked it this morning and it’s still flowing.
  10. What have I done?!? I need advice. I was going to increase the amount of coral in my tanks. I have lots of snails, I am breeding. I thought I was being smart and saving money. I bought the oyster shell/coral mix intended to feed chickens. The table says it is 100% either oyster shell or coral. It also says it was heated. Anyone have experience with this thrifty way to add buffer and calcium. I put some in a tank of snails and a couple snails died off. I did not rinse it. It is the only change and I pretty much never have deaths. I did a water change. I don't know if the new stuff is the problem or not. I am looking for advice!
  11. If I leave regular egg shells in my tank... will they dissolve and add calcium to the water? PH is about 6.4ish... My shrimps pick at them from time to time.. just wondering if I should leave them in there or take them out after a time....
  12. Hi Everybody, I thought I had this one covered on my own, but the problem only seems to get worse and so I am reaching out for any experts opinions. I use well water that I have had tested and it comes back high in pH naturally as well as iron otherwise it is lower in minerals but not with in normal range. I keep up with my testing (pH, nitrite, nitrate, ammonia, ect) ensuring the water stays within proper parameters and copper isn't ever an issue. However, about four months ago I noticed my Mystery snail suddenly having some shell issues that I linked to a calcium deficiency. I have tried adding cuddle fish bones, boiled egg shells and bottom feeder pellets from a couple brands (Bug Bites and Hikari Algae Wafers) but instead of stopping the issue, she only seems to be getting worse while my bladder snail population is booming. I haven't been able to buy Repashy at any of my local pet stores, I know it's what is recommended through the forum. But at this point I am wondering if there is something more going on with her. She lays eggs like crazy and eats plenty. Anyone have any idea if I'm barking up the wrong tree? I have attached a picture for clarification. Thank you for your help, Lisa
  13. Hi all, I have hard water (at least 300 ppm according to the Tetra test strip). Unfortunately I don’t know what makes up the hardness. I checked the board of water supply’s water report but it didn’t mention either component. I’ve found saltwater tests for calcium and magnesium but not freshwater. Anyone know of any testing mechanism for these two components, or does it matter?
  14. Can somebody tell me the exact product you buy for your snail shells? I did order some from Walmart, but I just noticed they are peppermint flavored!! And had some sort of artificial sweetener in them! That is no bueno! Can you help me out? Thank you so much!
  15. Has anyone used this API marine Calcium for adding calcium to your planted aquarium
  16. What is considered to be a good ppm of calcium for shrimp, crayfish, and snails?
  17. I recently discovered that my tap water has very little calcium. I recall information from a YouTube video or something stating that calcium in the water is vital for fish. Is this true? I always assumed that the fish food contained calcium and all the minerals they needed. If this is true then it would explain the slow growth of my Cory cats and other problems that I could never figure out the cause. Same thing for plants. I just started dosing equilibrium to fix this
  18. My water has a ph of about 7.5, a GH of about 75-150ppm, and a KH that ranges from 0 sometimes all the way to between 40 and 80 ppm. I have come up with the conclusion that my water lacks calcium and the hardness I do have is magnesium because the snails In my tanks have flaky white shells and my java fern seems to stay small and some leaves look oddly white. I am dosing easy green, but it doesn’t have calcium. I am mainly concerned with my stem plants because I rely on liquid dosing only for them and I don’t want to lose them. I also like snails so I would like them to be healthy and I’m sure the fish need calcium too. What would be the safest way for me to add calcium to my aquariums so that the amount is steady and not drastically shifting my water parameters, stressing out fish? I’m not entirely sure crushed coral is good for me because my ph is already a bit high, but I still don’t know how it works completely. I would also try egg shells, but I don’t know how to do it or how safe/effective it is. I’m completely stumped and some help would be greatly appreciated 🙂
  19. I wonder can you have too much calcium? I know I have pest or bladder snails in half of my tanks, but my potho roots grow incredible. Now looking at this, it could be due to the light and the random snail shells left behind. Could I add wonder shells to what is already there in my other tanks? Even if some have crushed coral? Now the tank that has crushed coral and snail shells plus the incredible light is the tank that grows like crazy. I have all hard water and 7.6 ph in all tanks. I don’t want to mess with ph, but that will be with water from my well with gh and KH. I just want better plant growth. Thoughts here? Tanks: 48 gallon: crushed coral and no pest snails, only nerite and slow reproducing (forgot the name). Plants grow medium, good LED aquenon kit light, pothos have to be established with root system before adding here because of Buenos Aires tetras will eat. 2.6g fluval: crushed coral, great LED light, pest snails constantly reproducing, one nitrite snail, and pothos grows extremely fast root system here. Basically my start up tank for propagation. first 10g: good light, pest snails, one nerite snail, no crushed coral, pothos grows slower but will grow. second ten gallon: okay light, no pest snails, one nerite snail, no crushed coral, pothos grows extremely slow until moved out of filter and into tank light and then started picking up pace. so from what I see is that extra calcium helps, but my Buenos Aires are a predator. The great tank light of my 2.6g is crucial as well. But my question remains, what is too much calcium? As for parameters, All tanks are a stable- ph7.6, ammonia and nitrite 0ppm and nitrates at 40-80ppm in the red on the api scale. Hard to read but room for plants to grow here and absorb. I’ve been doing weekly water changes as well. (I got covid and it did get out of control and my older plants died so I am planting new ones.)
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