doll_face28 wrote:I asked a guy at PetSmart, and he said he had no clue that snails needed calcium. Was frustrating to me, because I thought you had to know what you were doing to work there. Anyway, I heard somewhere that a cuttlebone like you give birds will help with the calcium. I am currently floating a piece of one in my tank, and my snails will crawl all over it, and I assume are munching away on it. They seem to be doing fine. Any one else do this? Any thoughts on it, if it's totally safe for them or not?
Ohhh! Yes, luckily, the 3 PetSmarts I've gone to locally know that the snails need calcium and they actively utilize weekend feeders as well as Top Fin algae wafers in each tank that is inhabited by snails. However, every single PetCo in town is a different story. Aside from WalMart (I don't even count that a fish department -- more like a horror show/train wreck/making me want to go in there and feed them some algae wafers from my own supply but they're already all dead!) the PetCo chains seem incredibly indifferent about their aquatic life in general. I live in a very large city, so there are about 5 PetCos in my area. Anyhow, one guy at one of the PetCo's I went to said they just feed them flake food.... and he wondered why their shipments die within a week! Even I know better than that, and i've only had snails for about a year!
Back to the point at hand, I would like to try cuttlebone in a small amount for my snailies. I have not yet tried that, but I am curious to find out if my babies would enjoy it! I'll be out and about tomorrow anyhow, so I will pick some up and let you know the results within a few days!