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Baking soda does not contain calcium.



The chemical formula  for baking soda is NaHCO3. The Na stands for sodium, the H for hydrogen, the C for carbon and the O3 for three atoms of oxygen. I hope Allen will reconsider his opinion that baking soda is the best additive. It will temporarily raise the pH, but adds zero calcium to the water.  

In raising several kinds of freshwater snails, four species of marine snail plus a species of limpet, and before it was prohibited, several species of terrestrial snail, I've found the best source of calcium for snails is the cuttlebone. I have had the best growth and the hardest most colorful shells when cuttlebone is in the diet. Some snails will cut clear pathways across it, scouring it right to the hard outer shell. For sessile snails, keeping the calcium high with Kalkwasser or other calcium additives or a reactor is important.

  
----- Original Message -----
From: Allen and Sandra
Sent: Saturday, July 20, 2002 7:15 PM
To: KillieTalk at AKA_Org
Subject: Re: DYING RED RAMS HORN SNAILS an enigma
  
I would say that Baking soda would be the best most soluble additive.
Crushed coral is ok, but needs to be fluidized or the break down wouldn't be
sufficient.

IMHO only.

Allen

Original message----------------------
What would be a good additive? Lime or bone meal for the garden? Could one
get lazy (ie thrifty) and just dump in a little clean Tufffa rock, crushed
oyster shell or limestone?

Thanks and all the best!

Scott


Allen "Boat" Boatman
Lutz, FL
TBAS, SKS, AKA 08298, SAA 96, CRLCA, NANFA

Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative
on the same night.


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