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Old 08-29-2010, 05:24 AM   #11
 
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You take them out. I recently had to ask that myself. lol Sometimes people post shot with the plants still in the pots so I wasn't sure. I never bought any in the pots. Keep in mind that plants like Java Fern, Java Moss and Anubis need to be tied to a piece of driftwood or rock. They should not be buried in the substrate.

Swords are among my favorites because of how easy they are, how lovely they look in a tank. Sword is the one in the back with the large green leaves. The Java Moss is the stuff kind of hanging loosely on the piece of wood.
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Old 08-29-2010, 05:37 AM   #12
 
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can they be tied to fake rock lol?? and are swords low light? and are they amazon sword lol ??
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Old 08-29-2010, 05:53 AM   #13
 
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I am not sure how they will do on fake rock. Yes Amazon Swords are Swords but there are many different types of Sword plants. Some varieties are larger, some smaller. You might like to add a small piece of mopani wood to your tank. It gives a nice natural look and you can tie your ferns and moss to it. If you want to stay away from tying things on, you might just want to stick with substrate rooted plants. If you look in the profiles above on the blue bar, "tropical fish profiles" there is also a section for plants. It gives you a little more info about each plant and it's requirements. I have found swords to be the easiest and quite pretty in a tank.
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Old 08-29-2010, 06:16 AM   #14
 
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illl have a look. i hope plants do better this time as last time all the leaves just came of and i think it imported snails and there used to be loads and they still get into my filter its quite annoying lol
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Old 08-29-2010, 08:08 PM   #15
 
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some snail are beneficial though.mine got eaten hehehe
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Old 08-29-2010, 10:08 PM   #16
 
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illl have a look. i hope plants do better this time as last time all the leaves just came of and i think it imported snails and there used to be loads and they still get into my filter its quite annoying lol
My understanding is that snails will only reproduce if the tank is "over fed" and there is a surplus of food for them. I will let you know if that is true. I have recently acquired a few Mystery Snails. They are doing a fantastic job of keeping the aquarium clean but I do not want a huge amount of them in the tank. I have found a LFS that will buy them from me if I do get too many though.
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Old 08-29-2010, 11:12 PM   #17
 
True mystery snails are not hermaphroditic and need a lowered water level to reproduce. They lay their eggs in bunches above the water line that can be easily removed or knocked in for fish to eat. However they are related to apple snails and many other snails that are outwardly indistinguishable. Some of these other species are hermaphroditic wil reproduce with themselves and lay eggs hidden underwater. Snails need an excess of nutrition to reproduce, the same as fattening up fish to encourage spawning. Also, they can reproduce nearly from hatching so that a large piece of fish food found by a small snail my be enough excess to encourage spawning. The best method of population control is to only purchase adult snails and don't let the process start. It takes alot of food for a large snail to have enough excess to reproduce and specimens with a footprint of one inch or more typically do not reproduce when kept as part of the clean-up crew. In the aquarium trade the gold and blue varieties seem to usually be true mystery snails while my own mistaken identity experience and snail nightmare stories I've heard tend to be about the black "mystery snails". Possibly the other similar species don't have as many color variants. I do not know for sure, the color correlation is strictly observation.
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Old 08-30-2010, 05:57 AM   #18
 
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the snails in my tank are tiny and every now and again (about once a month) the fillter starts making a noise and when it first did it iwe too it to the pet shop 'cause we thought it was broken and they told us it was snails in it so now i have to clear them out
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Old 08-30-2010, 09:43 AM   #19
 
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True mystery snails are not hermaphroditic and need a lowered water level to reproduce. They lay their eggs in bunches above the water line that can be easily removed or knocked in for fish to eat. However they are related to apple snails and many other snails that are outwardly indistinguishable. Some of these other species are hermaphroditic wil reproduce with themselves and lay eggs hidden underwater. Snails need an excess of nutrition to reproduce, the same as fattening up fish to encourage spawning. Also, they can reproduce nearly from hatching so that a large piece of fish food found by a small snail my be enough excess to encourage spawning. The best method of population control is to only purchase adult snails and don't let the process start. It takes alot of food for a large snail to have enough excess to reproduce and specimens with a footprint of one inch or more typically do not reproduce when kept as part of the clean-up crew. In the aquarium trade the gold and blue varieties seem to usually be true mystery snails while my own mistaken identity experience and snail nightmare stories I've heard tend to be about the black "mystery snails". Possibly the other similar species don't have as many color variants. I do not know for sure, the color correlation is strictly observation.

Thank you Russell. Maybe you could re-post this in the snail thread as well? Good information for people considering snails. I now have 1 Blue, 1 Gold, 3 Ivory, 2 black striped supposed Mystery Snails. I also have a few hitchhiker snails that came on my plants or fish poop or something. They showed up in my filter as well. The fell into the tank when I was startled by them (yup, I am afraid of snails) I have not seen them again so I am thinking maybe my Gourami or my Rainbow shark got to them, they were very small. I am getting over my "fear of snails" by watching them in fascination. They are not as gross as I thought. At least not the mystery snails. I guess part of my fear came from my mother picking slugs in the garden and my childhood fish tank being over run by snails.

Will snails eat normal fish food? Mine seem to skip over the food so I didn't think they ate that. I also add algae wafers and they don't seem to eat that. I honestly don't know how they are making it because there really isn't any algae to speak of in my tank. I have even been leaving the lights on a little longer trying to get some algae growth for them and my Oto's.
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Old 08-30-2010, 10:17 AM   #20
 
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the sanils in my tank have got better to what the were and i can cope with that and im not scared of snail i just dont like them lol
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