Some of these have recent posts, but are lengthy and need to be redone as a compilation. Please bear with me while I get it compiled (there's a 9-page one in here that'll take a while).
EDIT (30-May-2010): broken links fixed.
Calcium amounts in different types of snail food: viewtopic.php?t=3988 (list and open discussion)
Adding calcium: viewtopic.php?t=175 (open discussion)
How to make a snail-safe filter intake: viewtopic.php?t=18278
Food recipes: viewtopic.php?t=6645 (open discussion)
Food in general: viewtopic.php?t=5
(various people's experiences with snails' preferred foods)
[Poll] Do you feed your snails meat? viewtopic.php?t=8680
Results as of 04-Oct-2007
Yes: 22 votes, 32%
No: 46 votes, 67%
Gravel in tank? Compilation: viewtopic.php?t=107
I'm just wondering if I need to put gravel in the bottom of my snail tank?Would they eat the little pepples?would it matte? thanx!
It is perfectly safe to put rocks in a snail tank. They will not eat them. Sometimes I think they like to dig around a little bit in the rocks too.
And of course, if you want plants (real or plastic) you will need rocks. If they're real just make sure you have snails who won't eat them all up. =)
i have never seen them eat gravel but my snails wil occsonaly eat the "green" sand (algae filled) in my planted tanks. Never seems to do them any harm and it is a rather large grit size (#3 blasing grit).
BTW if you want plants i like to use a 25% garden soil 75% vermiculite under layer 1' thick and a layer of corse sand on top of 1' to use as a planting substrate for plants. This mix provides a excelent CEC (cation exchange capacity or nutrient storage abilty). It will make your plants grow 2x faster than in gravel alone. provides excelent root penitration and will even help reduce your algae problems due to the absorbtion of free phosphates in the water.
Home made snail food recipes: viewtopic.php?t=6645
Will snails overeat? viewtopic.php?t=252
Summarized answer: no, snails won't overeat.