I have never had an apple snail so I don't know much about them, I know some snails will eat plants, however, lots of them get blamed when what they are doing is eating dead or dieing plant matter.
I had zebra snails and these guys got evicted from my planted tanks because they did eat plants and would cut my hygrophila down like trees.....laffs...cool looking snails and I sure wished they would have worked out...then I later found out that full blood zebra snail don't eat plants but the cross bred one will...so I must have had crossed bred type....dang-it.....
Awesome.....how about dwarf cory cats 5-6, not the regular size ones as they are too big for a proper school in a 10g
The good stand by-Neon tetra school of 6-some Bettas are okay with them and other are not...for other small fish and I would go to the the fish shop and look at their fish and see what you like, write down the name and then research them.
Fun getting a new tank and stocking......are you going to add more live plants?
or if you do plan on more live plants wait until it has matured some and get 5-6 ottos....
Most of the carbon are low quality and usually used up in 2-4 weeks, I don't use carbon when a water change will do the same thing-remove odors, tannins, medication. Use of carbon is a personal choice IMO.
okay thanks! How often do I replace the carbon? The filter came with a timestrip supposedly showing when the carbon runs out of it's full "capabilities" but the timestrip was full after only 3 weeks. When is the correct time to do so?
That make things easier, just replace the carbon only as per the package direction and only give the filter media itself a swish/rinse 1-2 times a month, I would not change the filter media itself until it is falling apart and just replace the carbon.
I use a tetra whisper pf10 filter is the filter media basically the filter cartridge? Cuz my cartridge is able to open the cartridge and remove the carbon&put new carbon in&reseal the artridge. Would I do that to keep the bacteria?
When changing the filter media-cut a piece of the dirty old filter media away from the cartridge and stuff it in the filter with the new filter media for a week to 10 days to help seed the new filter media with the good bacteria from the old filter media, you can use a rubberband or paper clip to attach it, depending on the type of filter media you use.
What kind of filter and media are you using?