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Can I add tums into my tank for calcium?


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15 minutes ago, FriendlyLoach said:

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? 

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If you’re just looking to add calcium to the water, you can always use straight-up calcium carbonate powder. It will make the water look white and cloudy for a bit. Don’t add too much at a time—it will raise your pH a bit as it raises your buffer (KH).

https://www.amazon.com/North-Mountain-Supply-Calcium-Carbonate/dp/B01M23Y8LR/ref=sr_1_7?dchild=1&keywords=Calcium+carbonate&qid=1620648180&sr=8-7

If you’re looking to get your fish/snails to eat calcium, I’ve seen a lot of people crush tums into snello recipes (snail jello—jello for snails). Then it’s mixed in with veggies and spirulina. Part of a complete breakfast. 😉 

@BIG GREEN I thought the same thing 😅 but if it works for other people, hey, that’s great! Do what works.

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Cuttlebone is an aquarium safe alternative way to get extra calcium into your tank. Pet shops sell them in the bird supplies and they can take a while to sink in a tank, but they will eventually sink. They're mostly aragonite so if you don't want to add aragonite in the form of crushed coral, you can simply drop in a cuttlebone or two. (Cuttlebones are easier to remove than crushed coral also if you decide you don't need them later.) 

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I use tums and usually within 24 hours I see a bunch of shrimp molts, so from what I can tell it helps them. I used to breed cherry and ghost shrimp by the tons in a 100 gallon and this was always part of a varied diet. If it's too messy for you just feed it the day before a water change and you can clean up the excess tums powder when vacuuming.

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