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post #11 of 13 Old 03-11-2013, 06:02 PM
Originally Posted by pennpets View Post
Hopefully you are meaning just a few snails are left, but all my fish will still be there. At least that is how I am taking it.
that's correct.

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have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

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post #12 of 13 Old 03-12-2013, 12:23 PM
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No one has asked why you feel the need to remove the snails. They are performing an important role for you, leading to a healthier aquarium.

You don't mention water parameters, but with an Amazonian biotope I am assuming soft water. In an issue of Amazonas about 4 months back, an article on snails mentioned Assassin being useful to keep the smaller snails in check. And if I am remembering correctly [I don't have the issue here] it mentioned this snail not lasting in soft water. Many can't. The Malaysian Livebearing is the only one that will, as far as I know, thrive in very soft water.

I have Malaysian Livebearing Snails and Bladder Snails in all my tanks. I have several hundred in the 115g. The two tanks with loaches do have considerably fewer. But that is not "planned," just a result of keeping loaches.


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The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #13 of 13 Old 03-16-2013, 06:59 AM Thread Starter
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I added 4 ,ore loaches to the tank, and they are happy, Ive decided to go with Byron's advice, live and let live on the snails. The loaches will have an extra food source, and the loaches will be happy with more than just one in tank.
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