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Asphalt 07-16-2011 06:38 PM

MTS & Substrate Aeration Questions
 
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.

Also:

-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.

Thank you!

1077 07-16-2011 11:30 PM

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Originally Posted by Asphalt (Post 738311)
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.

Also:

-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.

Thank you!

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.

Asphalt 07-17-2011 01:13 AM

Cool beans. :-) I'll definitely be adding some of these little guys to my aquarium, then.

Thanks for the info!

sik80 07-17-2011 06:20 AM

Eco complete shouldn't need stirring. MTS help with compaction of fine sandy substrates. They also do a great job of clearing up mess in all tanks though

Byron 07-17-2011 12:55 PM

The substrate in planted tanks should be left undisturbed totally. There is a need for anaerobic areas. You can read more here:
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...quarium-74891/
especially in the section on substrate bacteria, but reading the rest will put it in perspective. And as has been mentioned, MLS are great in substrates.

Byron.

Asphalt 07-17-2011 05:01 PM

Wow, that's a great article. Thanks for sharing. :-D Thanks for all the other info, too, guys!


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