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What will eat algae, not plants?
Old 01-27-2010, 06:14 PM   #11
 
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well its not a huge problem... Its not gonna kill the plants or anything, but its just kinda ugly ya know?

Plus I'd have to dig out all the gravel to remove the ferts I buried... (oops)
??? Removing plant sticks from gravel has zero to do with brown algae developing - I have plant sticks and no brown algae

It often then will develop nicely when the balance between your CO2 (fish stock) and lights are off, meaning too high end lights in relation to your CO2. And poor/ little circulation eg filter clogged or filter not adequate for the tank.
On decor, you can take it out & scrub it down well with a hard bristle brush to get it off.
Overdosing Flourish Excel over a period of time will also clean it up (Why because it'll up your CO2 levels)
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Old 01-27-2010, 10:58 PM   #12
 
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Millions of mts :)

I have them in each one of my tanks. I did a mts experiment with my 30 gallon, and I had more than 100 visable at any given moment. At night, the whole tank was covered in them. I removed the majority of them by using a net and sifting them out of the sand. Mts are like icebergs - only 10% is visable. There were thousands of snails in the substrate.

BTW, it takes 1 month to see the population boom from consistant overfeeding. It takes 3 months to get it back in check by significantly cutting back feeding. As they starve, they eat dead snails to survive.
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Old 01-28-2010, 09:14 AM   #13
 
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I didn't know that they would eat dead snails when they're starving.. That changes things. I guess the trick would be to starve them and make sure a few stayed alive then, eh?
Then again, if they were starving, would they eat my plants as a last resort?
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Old 01-28-2010, 01:26 PM   #14
 
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I didn't know that they would eat dead snails when they're starving.. That changes things. I guess the trick would be to starve them and make sure a few stayed alive then, eh?
Then again, if they were starving, would they eat my plants as a last resort?
That's why it takes so long to get the population back under control. It shouldn't really change anything. Trust me, plenty of snails will survive and no I don;t believe they'll eat the plants when starving, but I don't know for sure. Perhaps someone else wll be able to confirm that.
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