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I have ordered a particular snail food from Petbakery.com, and its calcium fortifeit. Maria, the "baker", makes all the snail food and other treats herself, and only adds natural ingredients. My snails go nuts for that stuff!.... :)

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There sure is...kents liquid calcium and iodine..couple of drops a day..you can make your own snail biscuits if you dont want to send off to the US..are you handy round the kitchen..if so I will post here how I make them UK style ;) ..Linda

PS we had to get the kents online as we could not find it in our LFS.

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thanks :)

hi pheonixx :) makeing it uk style sounds like a plan look forward to your reply

ps am still trying to find out about my aquatic snails, i found another shop with more of them and a few that were simular, i asked the shop keeper and he said they are nerites when asked what type he said he didnt know but probaby fancy gree olives

pps i bought another with even nicer markings but tip of shell damaged :(

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Ok here we go for the snail biscuits..

I use a pestle and morter but a food mixer processor would be quicker but messier.

These ingredients grind up to a powder...Dog treats any type{I used small bone shaped type} , cuttle fish {small amount} algae wafers , turtle sticks , fish flakes , cichid staple pellets..if you have anymore fish , turtle type foods add them . if you dont have some of the above leave them out this is just a basic guide..use what you have.

Put the above in a old mixing bowl..now the fun part..I use these ingredients but vary these if you like..

I added cooked veggies..carrots , broccoli , Frozen peas..mash these together with the powder..now add 1 raw egg..I also added kents liquid calcium and iodine few drops..it should now form a sticky dough if its to wet add more doggy stuff.

At this point you can flatten rounds shapes with your hand or use a bit of flour and roll it with a rolling pin put on a baking tray{dont make it thick} bake in the oven until its crisp but not burnt..it needs to be cooked well so it doesnt cloud your water with being too stodgy.

Handy hints..

The 1st time I fed this to my snails I put too much in so small pieces only say the size of a piece of chocolate and it also helps if you freeze them 1st.

I just take a cookie from the freezer snap a piece off and drop it into the tank.

When the cookie has absorbed too much water and looks like its going to float and break up remove it ..this could take 24 hours depending on your mix..you will get to know your own recipe very quickly and adjust ingredients when you make the next batch.

Instead of veg you could try fruit .

The next lot I make I am going to add some cooked wild rice { I know they love rice think of the destruction of the paddy fields they cause}

You can also add fresh crab to the veggie ones..I bought crab legs as its cheaper then I spent a hour digging the meat out..you can even add one or two chopped up prawns..the possibilitys are endless and you can make them as cheap as you want and of course you have the bonus of knowing exactly what you little pals are eating and its all good stuff for strong shells.

Hope this helps and I hope it doesnt put the people off who think that they only eat algae..drop some of this in and watch them scoff their little heads off

:feedme:feedme:9 Linda

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thank pheonixx :D

am looking forward to making this found i have 12 different fish foods not inclueding the 5 frozen foods :huh: , but i dont have dog treats iodine or kents liquid calcium where would i get last one or can i leave it out ?

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The dog treats are vital they are the solid base..you can use anything doggy even dog biscuits..I bought mine for 50p a bag in a pet shop..hhmmm the kents..I will be honest with you I would not keep snails without adding this to the water as I think its esensual for their shells..I cant think of anything else that would substitute liquid calcium so I am going to say yep you need both these things..as for were we got the kents from..try your local pet shop 1st..see if they can get it for you if they dont have it..mine didnt I had to order it online and at this moment I cant remember where from but if I look back in my payments I can find out..give me a shout if you cant find it local..Linda

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Quote..pps i bought another with even nicer markings but tip of shell damaged

I just read this bit of your post..where is the damage..do you know what to use to repair it..if not I will post here and try to get a pic of my 1st repair job LOL..Linda

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Hi Pheonixx

have ordered the kents liquid calcium :D , no dont know :huh: i thought give them some nice grub and wallah job done !! look forward to seeing repair job !

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I can see why the calcium is important for the snail, but what does the Iodine do for them?

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Hi Andrea

Iodine is a naturally occurring element found in water supplies that host wildlife, I believe this is why they sell many elemental supplements, because our artificial water environments are lacking. Natural environments are something we will never be able to duplicate in our homes exactly.

Hope this answers the use of Iodine it also helps to promote good shell growth..Linda

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