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post #21 of 27 Old 05-04-2011, 04:57 AM
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In my opinion, a Bristlenose pleco is do-able in a 10 gallon since they stay small. If you just want something active on the bottom though, cories or shrimp would be better.
Wouldnt cories take up a lot of the availability since you need a group of them? unless you can find one of the dwarf kinds, which are so awesome. and can keep the water in great condition

Id recommend ghost shrimp, they are cool to watch eat cause you can see the food go in them and their stomachs moving and they are only like 30 cents.
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post #22 of 27 Old 05-04-2011, 12:37 PM
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I tested just the tap water on its own yesterday. Ammonia level came out to .5 ppm

I just bought a new water conditioner which is API tap water conditioner (removes chlorine and detoxify chloramines and heavy metals) which i added to the water last night for the 2nd set up. Ammonia level is at .25 ppm just like it was with the first set up.

I'm guessing I would need another water conditioner or is this fine and the plants will take care of this?
I would suggest another conditioner, one that states it detoxifies ammonia. The issue is the initial influx of ammonia during a water change.

With a well-planted tank (more plants than what you have, and relatively fast growing ones because they use more nutrients) and small water changes, the plants and bacteria should be able to handle the sudden addition of ammonia during the water change. But rather than risk it, a conditioner that detoxifies ammonia is wise. Most do this by changing the ammonia to ammonium which is basically harmless and can still be used by plants and bacteria. By the time the conditioner ceases to have any effect, which is usually around 24 hours, the extra ammonia changed to ammonium will have been assimilated by plants and bacteria.

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post #23 of 27 Old 05-09-2011, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
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Hey all who have been posting on my thread... I haven't been on here for a few days. I've been really busy with work and school. I still have not cycled my tank.
I looked at my tank the other day and discovered baby snails!
I'm not too sure on what to do with them... I heard they aren't good.
How can I get rid of them?
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post #24 of 27 Old 05-10-2011, 12:55 AM
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They're not bad at all. If you dont want them you just have to make sure you don't leave extra food in the tank, or bait them with a piece of lettuce and throw it away. Think of them like a free clean up crew.

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post #25 of 27 Old 05-10-2011, 10:35 AM
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Small snails (pond, bladder or esp Malaysian Livebearing) are one of your best friends in any aquarium. They perform cleaning work you can't even begin to match, getting into places you can't; and with the Malaysian, burrowing through the substrate keeping it loose and a good site for bacteria.

Organic matter occurs as particulate organic carbon (POC) and dissolved organic carbon (DOC). Heterotrophic bacteria feed on this, but find DOC more easily digested. Snails work to break up the POC into smaller bits, thus assisting in and speeding up the decomposition process.

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post #26 of 27 Old 05-10-2011, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
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Here's what they look like... this is the best picture that I could take since they're so small.

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post #27 of 27 Old 05-10-2011, 05:13 PM
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They're either pond or bladder, can't tell from the photo. Doesn't matter anyway, I can't tell them apart in my tanks. They're good though, whichever.

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