brittle snail shells

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  1. jammers2

    jammers2 Astrea Snail

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    lately i have been noticing that my snail shells have been cracked and break easy. was wondering if anyone know what might be causing this
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  3. 2in10

    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    What is your dKH? Most likely this is the cause from being too low.
     
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    PetMother Corkscrew Tentacle Anemone

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    How are your Ca levels? Very low Ca can cause snail shells to be brittle as they need Ca throughout their life span.
     
  5. jammers2

    jammers2 Astrea Snail

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    i thought it would be the calcium as well but i cant find anything for a freshwater tank. i am working on upping my pH a little as it was 7.2 when i tested which is within normal range for a freshwater tank but it can go up to about 7.6 so i am working on that slowly and seeing how my fish react