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Strand 08-04-2011 06:09 PM

Designed by Byron?
 
I'm going to set up a 10g planted aquarium with the purpose of breeding ramshorn snails to feed a figure 8 puffer.

After reading and looking at all Byron's amazing tanks I thought... Why not let him decide what it should contain??? There's no reason why a little breeder tank can't look cool. :-)

Possible buying the tank tomorrow to get started. (The puffer tank is currently cycling)

The only thing that I will be adding on my own will be some cypress knees I just ordered from LA. They will be cleaned and then weighted with possibly slate or some other sort of rock. I figure slate will work the best and will sit flat on the bottom.


If you will kind sir, design my tank!

Substrate: ?
Plants: ?
Etc. ?



I'm excited! :mrgreen:

Strand 08-05-2011 01:45 PM

Bump. :-)

Calmwaters 08-05-2011 02:04 PM

You should PM him to make sure he sees this. ; )

Byron 08-05-2011 02:32 PM

I'll see it in this section;-)...but I need a day off once in a while. Had to trek into Vancouver yesterday, but on the plus side I did bring back some fish.:-D

On the substrate, sand or fine gravel but in small tanks I am becoming very fond of sand. Playsand works well.

If you can find them, Malaysian Libearer snails are also excellent for puffers, my dwarf puffer cleaned out my 10g of these snails except for a very few that remained in the sand.

What are the cypress knees?

Strand 08-05-2011 03:06 PM

Those crazy trees that grow down in Louisiana.

The roots shoot up out of the swamp to get air. They call these the "knees."


http://ic2.pbase.com/o6/88/8888/1/77...0141_75dpi.jpg



People cut those off and carve them or whatever.

http://www.chippingaway.com/woodcarv...pressKnees.jpg

Strand 08-05-2011 03:09 PM

Good on the sand. I'll try to locate some dark play sand or just get some black sand from the LFS.


I've read numerous places that MTS shells are too hard for the figure 8's? That's why I was going to go with the ramshorn.

Calmwaters 08-05-2011 03:09 PM

LOL What a good way to spend a day off. What new fish did you get?

Byron 08-05-2011 03:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Strand (Post 767965)
Good on the sand. I'll try to locate some dark play sand or just get some black sand from the LFS.


I've read numerous places that MTS shells are too hard for the figure 8's? That's why I was going to go with the ramshorn.

This I can't answer, having never kept Figure 8's. My dwarf puffer sure got them...there were hundreds in the tank, but after a few days not a one to be seen. After I had removed the puffer and added other fish to the tank, the MLS began to reappear so obviously a few survived in the sand.

Not sure, but rather than the hard shell it may be the "trapdoor" the MLS have; loaches find it difficult to dig them out because of this.

I got my playsand from Home Depot, I believe Lowe's also carries it. Quikrete is the brand. It is tan/grayish in colour, apparently near identical to the sand in the Rio Negro in Amazonia.

Byron 08-05-2011 03:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Strand (Post 767962)
Those crazy trees that grow down in Louisiana.

The roots shoot up out of the swamp to get air. They call these the "knees."


http://ic2.pbase.com/o6/88/8888/1/77...0141_75dpi.jpg



People cut those off and carve them or whatever.

http://www.chippingaway.com/woodcarv...pressKnees.jpg

Thanks. Wasn't sure if this was some form of plant or what. Now I know. So for plants, pygmy chain sword is ideal, fast growing and spreading, lots of leaves for snails to graze. Floating plants. Depending upon the light, stem plants (higher light). This type of tank does well in front of a window; algae will appear but snails eat some amount of algae so that's a bonus.

Strand 08-05-2011 03:29 PM

That's good. I have both Lowe's and HD really close so I will check them.


I'm thinking 10lbs?


I'll stick with ramshorn for peace of mind. I've read the MTS is too hard on several figure 8 articles.


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