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Old 06-07-2014, 10:42 PM   #551 
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I would like to do this for my communal tank with platies, but in my 10gal tank I understand up put 1.5 inch of soil and then cap and then hardscape, but how does the poo and other byproduct get to the plants root if the earth is covered by cap and hard scape.

My platies are pooing machines and I woul have thought that it would be better just to have earth and nothing else then the poo can fert. the earth and plants???
snails and shrimps. They are a vital part of your planted tank. Malaysian Trumpet Snails are a favorite among the planted community. It is a self-control population and will not over populate unless you are over feeding.
Just about any shrimp will do for your tank.
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snails and shrimps. They are a vital part of your planted tank. Malaysian Trumpet Snails are a favorite among the planted community. It is a self-control population and will not over populate unless you are over feeding.
Just about any shrimp will do for your tank.
I see now , but i was worried that the snail would eat all my plants?
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The Trumpet Snail won't eat your plants, they'll go through whatever collects on the substrate and will burrow through it. I really want some myself, but it's hard to get where I am- so I have to go with similar native species.
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The Trumpet Snail won't eat your plants, they'll go through whatever collects on the substrate and will burrow through it. I really want some myself, but it's hard to get where I am- so I have to go with similar native species.
I am only able to get normal aquatic snails, here in Portugal they dont have the stock like in the US or other countries.
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I see now , but i was worried that the snail would eat all my plants?
They won't eat your plants. They'll only eat whatever is dying, dead or decaying. They also help keep my plants clean whenever the fish do not.
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This is very helpful for me
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Old 06-12-2014, 05:54 AM   #557 
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They won't eat your plants. They'll only eat whatever is dying, dead or decaying. They also help keep my plants clean whenever the fish do not.
Just got my snails which are not very active at the mo-
but just looked them up and they are 'Ruby Nerite snails'

as I say they are not very active( I have bought 2)
maybe i should get some more.
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here's ,my current planted betta tank
How are you currently getting your plants that healthy? I am having such a hard time with mine. I'm not sure what I am doing wrong?
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Just got my snails which are not very active at the mo-
but just looked them up and they are 'Ruby Nerite snails'

as I say they are not very active( I have bought 2)
maybe i should get some more.
Nerite snails are not very active; that's normal for them. They cruise around slowly (once they feel comfortable in a new tank), eating algae. I love them and have them in all my tanks.

But they're also not burrowing snails. You want the MTS snails referenced above, as they're the ones that dig down into the substrate to aerate the soil and mix things down past the cap. Nothing wrong with Nerites, they're great and the zebra nerites are very pretty, but they won't mix up your soil like the MTS will.
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Nerite snails are not very active; that's normal for them. They cruise around slowly (once they feel comfortable in a new tank), eating algae. I love them and have them in all my tanks.

But they're also not burrowing snails. You want the MTS snails referenced above, as they're the ones that dig down into the substrate to aerate the soil and mix things down past the cap. Nothing wrong with Nerites, they're great and the zebra nerites are very pretty, but they won't mix up your soil like the MTS will.

the shop has got in some small Mexican shrimp.
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