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post #1 of 12 Old 05-27-2012, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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after hearing what everyone says about nls, i bought a jar of small fish formula sinking pellets. i didnt pay attention to the size of the pellets(.5mm). will the pellets sink into the gravel and decay if not caught in time? did i buy the wrong type?
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after hearing what everyone says about nls, i bought a jar of small fish formula sinking pellets. i didnt pay attention to the size of the pellets(.5mm). will the pellets sink into the gravel and decay if not caught in time? did i buy the wrong type?

Get yourself some ghost shrimp. They'll fine them and keep things clean. Any bottom dweller such as kuhili loaches would be good too.

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Get yourself some ghost shrimp. They'll fine them and keep things clean. Any bottom dweller such as kuhili loaches would be good too.

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thanks gwen, i would lean more towards a snail if theres one that fits the bill. any ideas? or do snails have to have sand? do snails eat plants?

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The 0.5 mm are small and will stay suspended in the water much longer than the larger pellets, which is a good thing if you stick with gravel. However, it will sink through the gravel, out of reach of the fish so I would not feed too much at once.

If you want snails to clean up the excess food, then there's really only one choice - Malaysian trumpet snails. They live in the substrate and will eat anything that falls through the cracks.

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The 0.5 mm are small and will stay suspended in the water much longer than the larger pellets, which is a good thing if you stick with gravel. However, it will sink through the gravel, out of reach of the fish so I would not feed too much at once.

If you want snails to clean up the excess food, then there's really only one choice - Malaysian trumpet snails. They live in the substrate and will eat anything that falls through the cracks.
thank you i'll check them out
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thank you i'll check them out
Agree, Malaysian Trumpet snails are the best choice. Go to any fish store and ask if you can have some. They are very abundant once they get started. You only need one (they are asexual and reproduce by themselves). Most stores probably won't even charge you. I've even seen them in tanks at Petsmart and Petco. They are cone shaped, in case the petstore doesn't know what they are called.

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are all snails asexual?
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are all snails asexual?

Pretty sure, no.

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Pretty sure, no.

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You're right. Apparently Apple Snails are actually male or female.
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I have heard that MTS can reproduce sexually as well. I know that there are other animals that can reproduce sexually and asexually, depending on the circumstances. They will reproduce sexually until they produce a superior genetic strain, at which point they begin reproducing asexually. Eventually, copies of copies will lead to imperfections, at which point they begin reproducing sexually again. I imagine MTS could be like that, so I would get more than 1 snail to start in order to diversify the gene pool.

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90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
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