Originally Posted by Oldfishlady
Sorry for your loss...Its hard to say what happened-they could have been in bad shape to start or at the end of their natural life span.
Why can't you add fish yet???/
How many and what species of live plants, type of substrate, type of filter, how long has the tank been running and type of additive used....Also, have you used or has this tank had any copper products used in it recent or in the past and any plant ferts or algae-cide type products used
What are the water prams on both the tank and source water-ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, pH and if you have KH/GH too that will help to know.
What is the source water-well water, city supplied tap and does the water go through a water softening unit on the house and if so-what kind is it and can you bypass it for the aquarium...
Thank you for responding! I can't add the fish yet because I want to get the tank cycled first.
I have 2 species of live plants, Rotala Indica and Wisteria. There are about 15 Wisteria stems and 5 Rotala so far. The plants did spend time free-floating in water for two days before being added to the tank and they're shedding dead leaves like crazy. The tank looked terrible until I added Clarity (or is it Clarify? I don't have the bottle in front of me). I added the snails about 4 hours after that.
The substrate is CaribSea eco-complete. This is a brand new tank and I don't believe any copper products have been used. I did add 1 dose of Flourish fertilizer.
I don't really know anything about the water params yet, my testing kit is at my apartment (this is my new house). I didn't think I'd need the kit right away, I'll be sure to grab it next time. The water is city tap water, I don't think it's softened but I will check with my landlord about that. What I can tell you is that it's 79 degrees and it was treated with water conditioner (API).
Also, I did find the other snails. Of the four, the only one still currently alive is the brown mystery snail. The other three were white/tan. I don't know if that matters at all.