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post #1 of 9 Old 08-03-2014, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
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Decomposers?

I have a 55 gal tank with with Amazon sword plant-some very long grass-bamboo-and a red and green looking sword plant. I wanted to know if there are any de composers that will eat the plant parts that die off as the plant grows. I want to add more plants any suggestions.
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post #2 of 9 Old 08-03-2014, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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Ohh and my larger amazon sword has very small green grassy tuft things on some leaves. What should i do about that. Algae?
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post #3 of 9 Old 08-03-2014, 07:00 PM
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Snails eat decomposing material. Species that will work best are ramshorns, Malaysian Trumpet, and pond. All three species will reproduce quickly if they have a food source, and may require manual removal.
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post #4 of 9 Old 08-03-2014, 08:38 PM
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Snails and fungi are useful in braking down fibrous plant matter but the main decomposers are heterotrophic bacteria. In a mature, healthy, stable aquarium, decomposition is a steady and continuous process.
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Thanks to you both. I have a golden snail. Can he (amigo) eat it too or is he just a scavenger.
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post #6 of 9 Old 08-03-2014, 11:00 PM
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There are some good shrimps out there that will assist in keeping things tidy,amano shrimps are a good one that should not be too spendy. Make sure your fish stock is compatible before you go out and snag a few shrimps though.

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post #7 of 9 Old 08-04-2014, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks I'll look them up..
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post #8 of 9 Old 08-05-2014, 03:47 PM
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FWIW I considered a decomposer every thime I sing.

maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

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)

see: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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