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    I have started a 10 gallon snail-only tank to raise food for my clown loaches. I need to raise the pH and want to make sure there is plenty of hardness for them. I am considering using crushed coral as the media in the HOB. My question: is there a significant difference between Carribean and Florida versions? I have attached links FYI for clarification:

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    Most snails do dandy at normal pH and hardness, gm. All you need is enough vegetation for them to eat.

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    If you really want to increase the Calcium levels you can use crushed coral (as far as know any type) or shells. I use calcium carbonate when making my invert biscuits, cause shrimp and snails need more calcium.
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    My adult snails are sufferering from shell erosion, despite a good diet and addition of liquid calcium (and large weekly water changes)...

    I have to up my dose of calcium...I'm not sure to what levels though...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rue
    My adult snails are sufferering from shell erosion, despite a good diet and addition of liquid calcium (and large weekly water changes)...

    I have to up my dose of calcium...I'm not sure to what levels though...
    What pH? Acidic pH will cause the errosion of invert shells regardless of the amount of calcium in the tank...
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    ...last I checked it was around 7.5...
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    hmm... you are sure it lack of calcium and not quick grow bands you are seeing? Snails if they grow rapidally will exhibit white bands that show the quick growth... Still not good for the snails, but the symptom is from another cause.
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    My pH is around 6.5 or so, and I believe some of my other snails are showing signs of shell erosion, hence my concern.
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    what about a handful of limestone gravel? Cheap

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    Cheap, yes, but is it able to accomplish the job as well as would crushed coral?
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