What are the water requirements for mystery snails? I unders...

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5 years ago #1
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What are the water requirements for mystery snails? I understand that they generally need water with a higher ph, but what about kh/gh? My water has a high ph of 8.4. Gh is 53.7 ppm and kh is 393.8 ppm. Even though the water has a high ph and kh, would the low gh affect the snails health/shell?

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5 years ago #2
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I never worry about the gH, kH and pH in my tanks. I always use half of a cuttle bone (bird beak sharpener) and bury it under the substrate or put it inside the filter.
Also, they need a fully cycled tank, and 2+ gallons.

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5 years ago #3
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Thanks for the reply! That's good to know about the cuttle bone. I was worried that it may cause problems with the ph for our fish. The tank is a cycled 29 gallon, so no problem there.

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5 years ago #4
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It has never affected the pH enough in my tanks to cause harm to the fish, but it sure helps with the snail shells! The shells grow kind of like fingernails, so it might be a while before you see results.
On a side note, before I moved I had really hard water with a lot of minerals in it, and I never had to use the cuttle bone. I moved into the city, and the water is much softer, so I have to use it.

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5 years ago #5
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I've wondered about this before. Does the cuttle bone affect the fish? I don't know if it matters now, as I have just moved and the water is hard enough to stand up on its own.

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5 years ago #6
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Fish like South American Cichlids need soft water with a neutral to slightly low pH, and their eggs are vulnerable to snails. For both reasons, I don't keep mystery snails with those fish. Mystery snails, cuddle bones and live bearing fish do fine together within reasonable limits. Mystery snails are sensitive to copper, so their aquariums get some Kordon Rid Metals with water changes.

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5 years ago #7
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Thanks for the advice. I purchased the cuttle bone today and was going to add it under the gravel. We only have 4 glofish right now. Does it have any effect on the ph/gh or will it cause any problems with the fish we currently have?

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5 years ago #8
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It has never affected my pH, I had it in with the bettas and my community tank.

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5 years ago #9
sir. poopsalot
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please help me!!!
my apple snails are mating right this second and i know because i saw it so many times, im so sure. please give me full information, A to Z, very first step to the last!!
thanks alot

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5 years ago #10
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Make sure you have at least a couple of inches between the water surface and the hood. Mystery snails lay their eggs outside the water on a damp surface.

For healthy shell growth, the aquarium needs a little extra calcium. Cuddle bones made for bird cages will provide the needed calcium. Put in a couple of small pieces or scrape some off with a pocket knife.

Mystery snails are very sensitive to copper, so you need to add something like Kordon Rid Metals to neutralize it.

To make sure they have a good diet, add some algae wafers every now and then.

Good luck with the mystery snails. I hope some of my suggestions are helpful.

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5 years ago #11
sir. poopsalot
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thank you so so much. that was totaly what i need to know. thanks

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4 years ago #12
mystery person dude guy ...
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thank u
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