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post #91 of 116 Old 05-31-2009, 10:32 PM
i believe ramshorns are bad for your plants. I have MTS myself and they are wonderful, but a bit ugly, some have said that they are beautiful but i guess the ones i got arent. Also the only snail ive had that crawled out of a tank is an apple snail. Pond snails and other "pest" snails cant retain enough water to continually crawl across a dry surface so they dont leave the water. Ive ahd pond snails before also and they were entertaining to keep. However, once matured, i realized that they had eggs everywhere and that if i ever wanted to remove them, it was going to be a ton of work so i generally recommend others removing them unless they are sure they want them in their tank. Pond snails will nibble on soft plants but prefers dead or dying plants. If you drop anotehr shrimp into your tank when you ahve snails, theres a good chance they will be attracted to it so if you wake up and see a bunch of snails on it, just remove it and oyu would have removed a bunch of snails at once. Some people use this method as traps to control snail populations.
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post #92 of 116 Old 06-01-2009, 09:23 AM
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what is "reseed" mean? do 25-30 water change? i though it is a 75-80% water change after the tank is cycled to keep the nitrate around 20mg/L or lower.
By "reseeding" I mean that you can put in more filter media or gravel from an established tank. (assuming you did so when you first started cycling). It's to quicken up your cycling time by shortening the nitrite spike. Nitrite-eating bacteria multiply much slower than their ammonia-consuming counterparts so a second dosing of matured media introduces more of these nitrite-eaters to reduce your nitrite levels.

Edit: I see byron answered the question already. I guess that can be called "reseeding" too. Sometimes terms can have different meanings so it's confusing. Anyways, I hope you get what I meant. Oh, and I only do a 25-30% water change before adding fish because I cycle with plants, and they help in consuming nitrates.

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post #93 of 116 Old 06-01-2009, 09:38 AM
when are you posting pics? im getting ready to aquascape mine soon as i graduate! hows it coming along?

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when are you posting pics? im getting ready to aquascape mine soon as i graduate! hows it coming along?

As soon as i complete my tank, that mean im fully stock my tank then i will post some picture of how it final stage look like. Anyway, this is weird, some of my cabomba main body shrink like a string. Any idea wat happen here?
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As soon as i complete my tank, that mean im fully stock my tank then i will post some picture of how it final stage look like. Anyway, this is weird, some of my cabomba main body shrink like a string. Any idea wat happen here?
Assuming you mean the leaves fell off the cabomba, it is probably due to lack of adequate light and/or nutrients. Cabomba is a stem plant, which means it grows as a single stem that produces leaves and small roots all along it, as opposed to a rooted plant which would have a group of leaves arising from the root system at the crown, similar to common houseplants. Stem plants grow very fast, and therefore require nutrients and light greater than most of the rooted plants. I have never had good luck with cabomba, because I don't have enough light (and if I were to provide more light, CO2 would be needed, and I'm not going to fuss with that).

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post #96 of 116 Old 06-02-2009, 12:32 PM
nephelie, You need to buy the aquarium hood because that side lamp you're using is not enough. When you get bulbs note wattage and spectrum. I have kept a group of cabomba in a 5 gallon before, and my light to gallons ratio was around 4 watts per gallon. They grow super fast and I had to trim them once every 2 weeks to keep them from growing too much. Once you get the right hood, you will need to trim them too, a 10 gallon is too shallow for these plants.
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post #97 of 116 Old 06-02-2009, 11:41 PM
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agreed!
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post #98 of 116 Old 06-03-2009, 01:54 AM Thread Starter
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I got the watt for the light bulb, its a 24 watt light bulb so i think it should be fine with the tank. But the cabomba is not doing so good rite now. The leaves are getting brown-gray-ish and the stem is shrinking. I think it dying. T.T I wait another week and see how it goes.
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post #99 of 116 Old 06-03-2009, 07:09 AM
i think it will be gone for sure by next week...
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i think it will be gone for sure by next week...
Don't be so negative yo! (close my eye and cross my finger hoping for miracle now) XD. I put down a few seeds for live plants i bough at Walmart and one of them is spouting now. :D
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