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jessfish
03-01-2011, 12:43 AM
Hey

I just started putting liquid calcium in my tank last week (tues) I add 1 teaspoon a day (5ml) my tank is 46g & this is slightly more than the recommended dose. I've been watching everything close since it is a freshwater tank & my pleco now has a strange look to his tail. Im not sure if its calcium causing this...or natural...I do plan on cutting back on the calcium (5ml every other day) to see if this goes away...

any thoughts on what this is? calcium or otherwise?

http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i330/Jessfish2011/perutail.jpg

Cliff
03-01-2011, 12:52 AM
If your trying to get more Cal for your snails, I would suggest the foods in the below thread. I've been feeding a lot of them to my snail and he's doing great

http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aquariumforum/showthread.php?t=71890

IMO, any time you add a Marine product to a FW tank you are taking a risk. Espeically at a higher dose than what is recommended for a marine tank that is filled with corals and coraline algae that are hungry for Cal

Just my $0.02

Scrup
03-03-2011, 05:49 AM
If your trying to get more Cal for your snails, I would suggest the foods in the below thread. I've been feeding a lot of them to my snail and he's doing great

http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aquariumforum/showthread.php?t=71890

IMO, any time you add a Marine product to a FW tank you are taking a risk. Espeically at a higher dose than what is recommended for a marine tank that is filled with corals and coraline algae that are hungry for Cal

Just my $0.02


+1

Not saying marine stuff is bad, but as I said before, I am against using liquid calcium if there are other options. It just doesn't make sense to me why you would pay more money for a possibly risky endeavor...

Just buy some freaking veggies!

Or look into snail food with added calcium. Plenty of recipes.

As far as the pleco goes...no idea....

jessfish
03-03-2011, 10:09 PM
[QUOTE=Scrup]Just buy some freaking veggies!QUOTE]

buying the liquid calcium is the last ditch effort to save the snails. All apple snails i've had have died doesn't matter what i do to cuttle bone - float, tie down, crush, or if i add crushed coral, or backed egg shells, or the veggies they do eat, or crushed up calcium pills...nothing has worked. Since I have 3 apple snails left i figured i would try this & if it works great - if not, no more apple snails for me.
But if it starts causing problems for the fsh i'll stop.

I've really cut back on the amount i use - i'm doing half a teaspoon every 3 days - i'll see how that is.
With my pleco he looks the same, so maybe this is normal? im not sure - i'm debating holding off on the liquid calcium for a few weeks to see if his tail just looks that way.

I've done some research but found nothing on liquid calcium being a problem for a fish with an exoskeleton...so i'm keeping an eye on things