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Old 08-01-2011, 01:37 PM   #1 
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Adding a Calcium Supplement

So I have a ramshorn snail that laid eggs today (9-1-2011) and they are actual ramshorn eggs not weird yellow dots...
Anyway I have been doing research because I want them to hatch and so far there are only 4 eggs, which I can easily deal with. I'm not worried about a population explosion because I regulate food and waste very carefully.
Through out my research a lot of people have been saying that you need to have a calcium supplement in there to help with their shells.
One suggestion was cuttlebone which I already have for my chinchillas...
My question is would this be safe to put in with my betta? I want to do it, just because it may help them a little bit more and I'm already in mommy mode for the eggs.
But of course I don't want to do ANYTHING that could hurt Alfonso or Rosie.
If cuttlebone won't work do you know of a cheap alternative that I could use?
Thanks for any input.
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If the snails are in with your Betta do not add a calcium supplement because it can raise the hardness of you're water. Ramshorns are nuisance snails and are prolific, you don't need to add anything for them to grow.

If you really want them to have calcium you can give it to them by giving them fresh calcium rich veggies like spinach and let them munch on that, however you'll have to be vigilant and remove it before it fouls the water. You can also order veggie sticks with calcium to feed them. But like I said, not really necessary with that type of snail.
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