03-30-2012, 09:47 AM
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Originally Posted by afishcalledlinda
who sold you those lies-i myself will not get live plants again. my tank was infested with snails many years ago.
I've no idea what the "lies" refer to, but a quick comment on snails. The small ones like Malaysian Livebearing and pond snails are the aquarist's good friends. They can get into spots we never could, eating everything organic which breaks it down quicker for the bacteria to more easily handle. The MLS especially are useful, burrowing through the substrate to keep it clean and fresh. These snails never harm plants, but the biological function they perform is unique and an important part of a healthy ecosystem. They will only reproduce according to the food available to them, so the more there are, the more organic waste there must be--and getting control over that is important.
As for live plants, the benefits of these cannot be overstated. Nature's way of keeping the aquarium healthy is always easier and more likely to succeed.