Join Date: May 2011
Location: Elk Grove, California
You might want to order a hood online then. Both Petsmart and Petco have free shipping over $49 and I think the prices are the same. That's strange Petco doesn't have a 30".
Organic potting soil is what most people use as a soil base, I think. For you, you'll need to make sure there aren't any heavy metals, especially copper. Snails are sensitive to metals just like shrimp. You put down about a 2" or so layer of soil and then cap it with 1" of sand or gravel. For a setup like that, crypts, swords, and some stems like wisteria, rotala indicia, ludwigia repens, and bacopa will work well. I've never tried this myself but I think Silverfang has and I know kfryman has. I used Seachem Fluorite, which I don't really recommend. Every time I so much as looked at the tank, it clouded up.
Poor Derpy. Has he pooped or is he still bloated/weird even with pooping? Try bumping it up to 3 tsps of epsom per gallon. API Furan-2 might help him. I don't know. I'm kind of in the same situation with my boy Stumpy. His belly is bloated, he's been in 3tsps of epsom for a week with IAL and fasted except for a bloodworm just to see if he'd eat. No poop, no improvement. I can't tell if it's a blockage like Train or not.
Off to bed, didn't realize it was 2 AM. Oops.