07-20-2011, 05:36 PM
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Yeah, I have seen it debated many times on DPs needing the snails for teeth, and now owning my own, I see they dont even bother with the shells, however I'd like to think that its important to keep snails in their diet, they sure seem to enjoy them... and it keeps their natural hunting instincts on.
I started my snail population with 100-150 when I got the puffers last week, with it growing daily. I also gave one of my friends a handful of snails to grow in her guppy tank for my puffers future feeding needs. I will say I was overly prepared for my puffers, I better have been, as I had been wanting them for 6 months! They are one of the biggest reasons I set up my 15g and got into the planted aquarium.
I so need to get pics up TODAY/TONIGHT of my puffers and their tank, I also have a video I shot of them. I will make that my task for this evening, on top of changing the cat litter, taking the carpet cleaner to the dinning room and playroom (for my nephew), and cooking dinner. LOL
The pics can show what a great home these 3 puffers have. There is plush plantage of all real plants from wisteria, water sprite, amazon sword, java fern, baby tears, grass mat, moneywort, brazillian pennywort, and multiple small logs of grape driftwood. Its also on sand, temp kept at 81F, and I am running a Top Fin 20 HOB filter on the tank. The tank was also fully cycled and established for 4 months prior to them going in the tank. And all the snails are home grown to avoid any possible parasites. And my nitrates run around 10ppm for this particular tank, they are a bit higher in my 29g (between 15-20ppm), but that tank is also more heavily stocked, and slightly less planted.