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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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.