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Sometimes the water parameters start out the same, but because of peat moss
in the tank, more residents, no gravel and so on, the water will get more
acid (sneaking up on you), the snail shells will get thinner and suddenly
you can sell snail free plants.

This has happened to me especially with a variety snails, ramshorn, pond,
red, brown. Usually the phenomenon manefests itself after a busy time when
water changes slacked off.

I would guess when you see no youngsters growing up (presumably they would
have shell difficulties sooner), that should be a warning.

Curiously this happens in Aphyosemion tanks a lot more than in Aphanius/
Lebias tanks. ;)

All the best,

Just an equal opportunity snail dissolver.

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