06-15-2008, 08:59 PM
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High pH? Don't you mean a high gh? A high gh generally means high calcium is that is a great deal of what makes up dissolved solids. Generally a high pH and a high gh go together, but that is not always the case. I have soft, alkaline tapwater where I live.
A piece of a sinking algae wafer is good food. They will also eat any flakes that the fish don't eat, they're good housekeepers that way! :D
There's a LOT of different kinds of snails out there, and the common names tend to overlap, which is why you hear so many different comments about what types of snails are which, which ones eat what, etc. Applesnails.net does have a very good species guide which you can use. Learning to ID them properly before hand is probably much more effective than going to the fish store and relying on the common name the tank is labeled with.
I say while you're there you pick up a few feeder shrimp aka ghost shrimp. They're 10-20 cents each and you can check them out and see if you like them.