Hello Liberty and Aiken,
Yes they were/are very dead and smelly... already in the compost. I only tested the store water's pH which was at 7.1... I never mix store water into my aquarium. I acclimated the snails the same way I do any new fish I buy (perhaps this was my mistake). The LFS
generally has great tanks. They quarantine all of their incoming fish and treat all of them for common issues before mixing them into their retail stock. On my next purchase I'll check all of their parameters before beginning acclamation... they get a little mad at me when I tell them i need fish that like high pH and low hardness... they try to sell me "pH down" and want to argue when I tell them that such nonsense will not work with my water source. Great LFS
in every other regard though.
I suppose I could try a longer acclimation, but would want to be very sure that nerite snails can actually thrive in such a high KH
... the internet is low on information in this regard. It is quite easy to find recommendations to reduce KH
by diluting with distilled, but less easy to find advice to just leave it alone. I'll try again if everyone agrees that I need to acclimate them over a longer period of time (days not hours). I specifically bought them because they like high pH conditions. How would I feed them? Algae wafers i assume. I could literally float them in plastic containers with lids to prevent escape.
I agree that they like hard water, but my water isn't actually "hard" in fact it is quite soft at only 50ppm GH
. It is just very high in carbonates/bicarbonates at over 600ppm KH
. So, I do have the same problem as everyone else with soft water... would soft water kill them this quickly?
The only reason I am targeting my KH
is because it is the "worst" or "most abnormal" parameter, and I would like to add shrimp and other species to my stock options.
I have used Seachem Equilibrium in the past for cichlids... they were very happy and made lots of babies (way too many babies... turned into quite an issue as a matter of fact). I have never tried cuttle bone to increase my GH
(i thought fish & invertebrates had to eat it for the minerals they need).
I appreciate everyone's input.