07-16-2011, 11:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Asphalt
Hello! I've got a planted 10 gal and I've been very seriously considering adding some MTS to aerate the substrate (and to help with some general cleanup when I get around to adding fish, lol).
The substrate in question is a 2 in (5.08 cm) bed of Eco-Complete and Floramax (50/50 mix); what I want to know is whether the snails will burrow completely through it or if I'll still need to periodically stir it because of its depth. One source I stumbled upon (can't recall where) claimed that MTS only burrow, like, half an inch deep or something, so I just wanted clarification.
-I've read from various sources that Eco-Complete is a rather sharp substrate (hence why it's frowned upon for use with cory cats and the like); could it harm the soft parts of a snail?
-Do these snails need very well-oxygenated water? I'm probably going to get a single male betta for that tank, and I know that they prefer relatively calm water; based on that, I have a sponge filter set to a slow flow to avoid a major current.
Snails will burrow from bottom of tank to top of substrate, and be fine over eco- complete which I have not found to be sharp.
Flourite is sharp edged much more so than eco-complete.
Sponge filter should work well.