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post #1 of 8 Old 01-30-2015, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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Help!!! Are these tiny snail that are eating my plants?

I've been battling these tiny "snails" in my 45g for quite a while. They are usually on my glass and drop off when the lights go on. Now I see they are starting to eat my plants. Any suggestions? I already have a clown loach, khuli loach and a horse face loach. Thanks.

P.S. They are hard to see on the photos, but on the first one you can see a grey spot on the lower left leaf. Second photo has three and the 3rd a few. I will try and get better photos if it will help.
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post #2 of 8 Old 01-30-2015, 04:27 PM
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They aren't eating your plants, they're eating the bio-flim and micro algae on top of the plant, essentially; they're cleaning it. They will eat the dead part of the plant though, but again this is healthy for the plant so it can focus on growing the good leaves instead of the bad leaves.

Wilds: Betta Wajok, B. rutilans, B. siamentorialis, B. hendra
Leopards: 1:4 Hawkeye, Luna, Astrael, Dorian, Cullen, Gallifrey
Gargoyle: Cloudjumper
African Fat Tails: Nox and Lux
Bearded Dragon: Stormfly

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post #3 of 8 Old 01-30-2015, 04:32 PM Thread Starter
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Any idea then who or what is putting the wholes in my leaves? Thanks :)
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post #4 of 8 Old 01-30-2015, 04:40 PM
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What fish do you have in there and do you have other ornamental snails?

Wilds: Betta Wajok, B. rutilans, B. siamentorialis, B. hendra
Leopards: 1:4 Hawkeye, Luna, Astrael, Dorian, Cullen, Gallifrey
Gargoyle: Cloudjumper
African Fat Tails: Nox and Lux
Bearded Dragon: Stormfly

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post #5 of 8 Old 01-31-2015, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
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The other fish are a large Angel, 5 Candy Cane Tetras, and 4 Mollies who are quite small 3 are babies. The cleanup crew is one Nerite snail who has gone missing recently, a spotted Rafael Cat who hides all day, a small pleco (still trying to identify type...spotted with white/gold on back tail), clown loach, horserace loach, and a khuli loach...all on the small side.
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post #6 of 8 Old 01-31-2015, 06:07 PM
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Ah, Mollies will eat plants sometimes but not sure if they'll actively put holes into plants.

Likely it could be a Potassium deficiency, that will cause holes like that. Do you have a test kit to test for it? It could tell you if it's the potassium or the fish.

Wilds: Betta Wajok, B. rutilans, B. siamentorialis, B. hendra
Leopards: 1:4 Hawkeye, Luna, Astrael, Dorian, Cullen, Gallifrey
Gargoyle: Cloudjumper
African Fat Tails: Nox and Lux
Bearded Dragon: Stormfly

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post #7 of 8 Old 01-31-2015, 07:00 PM Thread Starter
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I only have the basic API test kit for PH, Nitrites, Ammonia, and Nitrates. I just ordered Seachem Flourish since I hadn't been using fertilizer prior. Ive only had those plants for about 2 months. My other plant is on a lave rock, Anubis I think. I've had fair results with it and it's been in 2 years. I recently took out all the plastic plants and am trying to do all natural. Maybe the Flourish will help?
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post #8 of 8 Old 01-31-2015, 07:13 PM
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Cool, yeah Flourish will definitely help you out for sure. For smaller tanks I normally dose 1 drop per gallon twice or once weekly. Start with once weekly to see if it helps, if it's still not enough after about two-three months then you can increase to twice a week and continue until you find the best dose for your plants without creating too much algae.

Wilds: Betta Wajok, B. rutilans, B. siamentorialis, B. hendra
Leopards: 1:4 Hawkeye, Luna, Astrael, Dorian, Cullen, Gallifrey
Gargoyle: Cloudjumper
African Fat Tails: Nox and Lux
Bearded Dragon: Stormfly

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