Snails and Water Hardness Question
I'm still relatively new at this, but I've been researching lots.
I read that snails need calcium in the water for their shells. So I'm wondering if having lots of snails in your tank will reduce the calcium levels thus affecting the water hardness.
I'm not an expert on water hardness and ph, but I've worked out that water hardness has to do with levels of certain minerals (or something) and calcium is one of these.
I've read a lot on PH and water hardness, and frankly I'm lost. All I have managed to do is work out they are connected somehow, but how I am cloudy about.
If I have a snail explosion will it drop my PH and should I worry about it?
Also ... I am TRYING to maintain a PH neutral tank which I'm finding next to impossible .... I read here on the blog to give those chemical PH adjusters a miss so I have .... so I thought maybe a few extra snails would keep the water more neutral ... ??
We are always in drought, hardly any rain to speak of. I do collect water when it rains .... but not near enough to keep up with weekly water changes. So I just don't know what to do.
At this stage I HAVE given up trying to maintain PH neutral ...
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