I've heard some people use potting soil, but the type of potting soil is very important bc you don't want any toxic additives in your substrate. Potting soil is also normally not sterilized beforehand, so you would need to heat treat it before use. It's not really recommended to use it, but it's not impossible to find one that works I suppose.
Soil found outdoors is also sometimes used after being heat treated, but there's so many different chemicals that could have ended up on that soil at some point, I personally wouldn't risk it unless it comes from a very natural source. PH levels are also a crapshoot as you don't want something too acidic or basic. The clay/sand/silt ratio in the soil also depends on the place you found it, which could affect how well it drains or how easy it is for snails to burrow in. I would think a sandy loam would be ideal, but that's just speculation on my part.
I've heard some people use potting soil, but the type of potting soil is very important bc you don't want any toxic additives in your substrate.
Yeah, the thought of it being superloaded with what plants (potassium, nitrates etc) need would terrify me ha.
I'm curious what owners of albino snails do to avoid staining from substrate or if that's just an inevitable occurance.
Hello!! Albino snail owner here!! Its pretty inevitable, but not very noticeable so it personally doesn't bother me. Only way you could stop it is if you just.. didn't keep your snails on substrate which of course one shouldn't do.
Here's a picture of Squidge from a few days ago happily chomping down on some parsnip. You can see the edges of their foot are slightly stained and yellowish. Here's baby Squidge for comparison, where you can see they are a much cleaner, milky white colour. I suppose the staining just becomes more prevalent overtime.
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I have a Cornu Aspersum and an absolutely miniscule cone-shaped snail.. no idea what it is
RIP: Squidge (Lissachatina Fulica) - 11/12/20-26/02/2023 2 teeny Oxychilus alliariuses - Found in Squidge's tank 15/5/22 and 21/10/22 - ~ 17/5/23
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