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Old 05-06-2005, 01:19 PM   #1
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Here's my new Ivory snail, Speedy. I've grown attached to him already....

Does anyone know how to add crushed egg shells to the tank (to strengthen Speedy's shell)?

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he is cute!

I never heard of the crushed egg shell for strengthening snail shells...
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Hi Speedy! Welcome to AA...the best snail keeper's forum on the 'Net.

I heard about doing this in a goldfish tank...combo of nutrients for the tank and somehow strenghtening the snail shell...but this was many years ago...may have been an "old wives tale"?
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How cute! He does look speedy
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i've heard that it's good to add a calcium source (ie eggshells, cuttlebone, sea shells) to help snails make their shells.
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so I guess you just grind em up and dump a little bit in the tank??? do they sink???
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Do not laugh, but here are some recipes for "snail cookies" that contain everything your favorite inverts need for their shells (I KNEW this would come in handy sometime ):

http://endlersr.us/modules.php?name=...iewtopic&t=395
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so I guess you just grind em up and dump a little bit in the tank??? do they sink???
Yes and yes....you can also use bits of cuttlebone, although that takes a bit to sink.
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Old 05-09-2005, 10:57 AM   #9
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Thank you everybody for the helpful suggestions on eggshells and for the warm welcome to Speedy!

Now I have a NEW question....over the weekend I lost control and bought a black mystery snail (named "Gonzalez" - Gonzo for short). He was soooo cute, I couldn't refuse! I put him in the tank with Speedy. A few hours later Speedy finally notices Gonzo and heads over to him...he immediately slithered on top of Gonzo's shell and "enveloped" him... 8O 8O (Speedy is bigger than Gonzo). Speedy's whole body was wrapped up in Gonzo! 8O Was this enemy behavior, or...uh...um...you know??? Soon they fell off the side of the tank and landed on the gravel as "one" snail....completely wrapped up in each other.... staying that way for a looooong time. 8O

I know this sounds really naive and stupid, but should I be worried or is this just Speedy's "super friendly" way of welcoming Gonzalez??
I haven't read anything about mixing snail species....I guess I assumed they would get along. I finally managed to separat them (after 30 minutes or so) and neither one seems the worse for wear. This morning they were on separate sides of the tank looking completey normal.
Speedy's an Ivory snail and Gonzalez is a black mystery snail....I just don't want WWIII in my tank....(but babies are ok, I think?).
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I may be mistaken, but I believe both the ivory snail and the mystery snail are considered Pomacea bridgesi, so what you observed is likely to be.... um..... what you suspect.

If you have not been there yet, applesnail.net has tons and tons of info about apple snails as well as other aquatic snails.
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