Due (I believe) to having riccardoella, now mostly eradicated, my snails' appetite decreased a lot, to the point one died. Their appetite has been improving, and I offer lots of different foods. But because of not eating well for days, even as they improve I want to attract them more readily to the food. I heard diluted beer is good for this.
When using beer to entice snails to eat, how should I apply it (soak the food? sprinkle some drops on it?) but most importantly, which kind of beer? I was able to get some Guinness Extra Stout yesterday, but didn't use it yet because I want to ensure I am doing so in a safe manner. How do I ensure it doesn't have anything that could hurt them? How should I dilute it? Do I wait for the bubbles to go flat before using it?
The cuttlebones have also been mostly untouched. I read on the forum about soaking the cuttlebone in beer. Is this truly safe?
I'm pretty gutted about the death of my snail, so I don't want to accidentally cause more harm. These are helix aspersa. I also have 16 helix babies in a separate tank and they eat SO much, and constantly, day and night.
FYI, when I say the riccardoella are mostly eradicated I should add that I have a second hypoaspis treatment arriving today. I haven't stopped treating my snails.
I've never done this before, so take my words with a pinch of salt; I'm only repeating what I've read from others on this forum.
I believe that in order to use beer, you should dilute it 1:1 with water. Then sprinkle a few drops on whatever it is you want them to eat. I don't think soaking it would necessarily harm them, but start small just to be safe. It's the yeast they are attracted to, so Guinness should be fine to use. I don't think it has any harmful ingredients.