Used fishless cycle. Tank is cycled and now ready to add fish. My tank has a good bit of algae in it so I thought I'd get some nerite snails first. Couple of reasons I want snails first: 1. Algae. 2. If I get the snails first and put them in the main tank then I can put my first batch of fish in the quarantine tank at that same time. Keeping the fish in QT for six weeks, any piggy back fish loving parasites that are on the snails(hiding in infected h2o in shell or on shell) in main tank should be dead by then since no fish host will be available for that amount of time(6 weeks).
One question is after I add snails to the main tank do I then need to stop adding all ammonia? Do they produce enough ammonia to fuel the biofilter I've work so diligently on?
Second snail question. Will these levels be ENOUGH to keep shell from dissolving?
50 gal. Tank. Ph 7.3 or 7.4, Kh 3 or 4, GH 6 or 7.
I know the buffer (kh) should be over 4 to help ph swing but I already have 5 table spoons of crushed corral in my filter. Also if i add more CC to raise calcium(GH) the ph goes up, not what i want. Also doing a 5 gal (10%) water change every Sunday. Water out of Tap is PH 7.0 KH 2, ? on GH.
Has taken months to get tanks to this point plz help if u can thanks.