07-23-2011, 11:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Jbrofish8
Ahh.. they might not like my tank then as Im using the flourite-activ flora combo. Maybe I'll just get the medium sized corys for now until I get a little more experience. I'd just feel bad bringing in a fish I know would be happier with a different set up (sand).
Oh! One more quick question, I saw a blue mystery snail at my LFS the other day and i ALMOST bought it. However I convinced myself to stick with the stock I had planned out for the tank. In your experience are 1 or 2 of these snails worth having? are snails in general worth having?
I've never kept the larger snails like the Mystery, but I see no issues; don't know if they cause trouble with plants, someone who has them will likely tell us. Snails are very useful. I have the small species in all my tanks, by the hundreds
. Malaysian Livebearing snails are super, they burrow through the substrate doing what nothing else can. And pond snails or acute bladder snails. None of these harm plants but they assist bacteria by breaking down organics in much smaller particles that bacteria can more readily deal with, and snails get into spots we never could to keep the tank healthy.
There are so many cory species...if you want just one, five is a good number; with 2 or 3 species, e of each works well. And you can manage up to 9 in your 20g.