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Old 01-18-2012, 10:50 PM   #221
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i was just wondering about water conditions for them and ive also heard about adding a calcium supplement to their water?
They do better in hard water because it helps them form their shells. If you have soft water it doesn't matter. You can keep some sea shells or a piece of cuttlebone in the tank for calcium.
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do u have to ready the water like u do for bettas? just add the calcium supply? what kind of seashells and where do u get cuttlebone?? can u keep them with bettas or other fish? do they need a filtered tank?
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Old 01-18-2012, 11:07 PM   #223
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do u have to ready the water like u do for bettas? just add the calcium supply? what kind of seashells and where do u get cuttlebone?? can u keep them with bettas or other fish? do they need a filtered tank?
Yes. Treat them the same as fish. Cycled tanks with filters, water changes, etc. Any shell. Some use old aquatic snail shells or just normal sea shells from the beach (after they have been cleaned). I bought cuttlebone from the supermarket in the pet section. It's in the bird food section, used for parakeets. Yes you can keep them with fish. Some fish will pick at them. I had a Betta that picked one to death and another that ignores them. I have them in 3 of my tanks including gouramis, Betta, kuhli loaches, tetras, bristlenoses red tail shark, guppies and my goldfish tank.
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would my 5 gal tank be big enough for a snail and dancer ?
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Old 01-18-2012, 11:14 PM   #225
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would my 5 gal tank be big enough for a snail and dancer ?
Yes. You would have to supplement the snails diet because the tank won't create enough food for it (algae). Mine enjoy beans, peas, algae wafers, shrimp pellets, decaying plant matter, some eat live plants too (much to my displeasure!) and basically anything else you feed your fish.
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what kind of live plants would be good to plant for both of them?
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what kind of live plants would be good to plant for both of them?
Any plants. What plants you can keep will depend on your lighting. Most kits come with very low lighting which is only suitable for plants like java fern, moss and anubias. Very hardy low light plants.
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the one i have is a 15 watt incandescent
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the one i have is a 15 watt incandescent
You'll have to replace it with a cfl bulb. Incandescents suck for growing plants. Aim for a cfl labeled 'daylight' or 5000-6700K. That's the lights spectrum and it closely matches the sun.
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okie thanks. i think thats enough questions for now lol.... i am gonna wait until i have this tank fully cycled and i get the water test kit before getting snails or shrimp but id rather know what im getting into before hand than go into it blindly... thank you for all the help
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