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Snails & plant ferts??
Old 05-17-2009, 05:50 AM   #1
 
Snails & plant ferts??

My tank is just about through cycling and when I do my big water change I plan to put a couple (it's a 5 gallon tank) Seachem Flourish Tabs in the gravel. My worry is that they may hurt the snails I plan to put in there. Will they lower the Ph? My Ph is now 7.6 and has been that all through the cycling process. Thanks.
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Old 05-17-2009, 06:17 AM   #2
 
I just noticed one of the ingredients is .001% copper -- is this small amount enough to hurt snails?
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Old 05-18-2009, 10:36 PM   #3
 
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It's a very small trace. What's the KH and GH?
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Old 05-19-2009, 08:34 AM   #4
 
Actually I have never tested the KH & GH. For the past 6 weeks though (ever since I started cycling) the Ph has remained at a constant 7.6.
I usually only test for Ph, Nitrites, Nitrates and ammonia. Should I be testing for the other 2??
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Old 05-19-2009, 08:55 AM   #5
 
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Actually I have never tested the KH & GH. For the past 6 weeks though (ever since I started cycling) the Ph has remained at a constant 7.6.
I usually only test for Ph, Nitrites, Nitrates and ammonia. Should I be testing for the other 2??
Thanks.
Yes, Amy. Test the other two. Helps to know if it'll cause bigger impact on the pH. Not an issue to fish but it is for snails since any downgrade of pH can damage their shells.
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Old 05-19-2009, 10:49 AM   #6
 
What should these two numbers be for snails? And would the copper in the Flourish tabs effect this?
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Old 05-22-2009, 08:27 AM   #7
 
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What should these two numbers be for snails? And would the copper in the Flourish tabs effect this?
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pH should be at least 7.4 and above while KH and GH no lower than 3-4. I do not believe a small trace of copper will harm the snails. If you are worried, don't use the ferts.
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