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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-30-2019, 01:36 PM Thread Starter
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I decided to take out the pond snail that hitchhiked, but unfortunately I must have missed some eggs when I tried to clean off the plants because there were six in my tank today that had to be squished. :/ If they'd stayed down in the substrate I wouldn't have minded but they were all on the glass, which I was not very fond of.

But yesterday I finally found some Julii cories!! The store only had three, so I'll go back and get some more to have a full school, but I couldn't pass up on finally nabbing some. They're already zipping around the tank like mad, it's adorable! And my boy Felix doesn't seem to care about them at all which is fantastic.

The ends of the Anacharis started rotting, I assume because of the week they spent with inadequate light, so I took the bundle apart and am letting them float, which Felix seems to like. I added a "compact" Amazon Sword in the back corner because the store didn't have any Crypts and I was impatient to add a taller plant, hopefully it lives up to the claims of staying on the short side!

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Looking good! I can see why Felix loves it.

Just cut off the rotting parts of the Anacharis. Dying parts of plants deprive the other, healthy and growing parts of needed nutrients. So the minute you see yellow, get rid of it.

Those snails will eat detritus from plants and leftover food. They will not really multiply unless you over feed. However, I like Assassin Snails in my planted tanks. They rid them of pond and bladder snails. I've not had any issues with them and Mystery, MTS or Nerite Snails. As I understand it, that only happens if you have a gang of them. They only reproduce one baby at a time and only if they've been overfed.

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Thanks! I'm pretty happy with how it's shaping up, to be honest. I've never done much decorating with my tanks before. :3

I did take off the rotted ends of the Anacharis when I pulled the bundle up, but I'll go through it tomorrow and see if anything else needs to be trimmed. I didn't want to hurt it by being overzealous.

I will keep assassin snails in mind, I did add in a trio of trumpet snails when I was getting the cories because I've read that they're good when you have sand, so it'd be a bummer to have those all end up being food also. I don't mind snails when they're pulling their own weight in the tank I was mostly just reacting to my surprise at seeing so many after I'd gone through and gotten rid of all the eggs I could find! I doubt I managed to get them all anyway, so I'll just keep an extra strict eye on how much I feed my fish in the future to stave off population booms.


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The tank looks really god. Sorry to hear about the snail problem. I really hate pest snails. I n the past few weeks I have found 4 in both new tanks. But they always meet their fate when they show up. It's really hard to get rid of them with out the help of assassin snails. They do a marvelous job in such a short time. I've been known to keep transferring them around the tanks I have. With my community tank I also use loaches, They do a real nice job on the snail population.

You'll find the Amazon sword will grow slowly but the leaves spread out to give good hides and rest areas. Java fern and Asian water fern do very well in tanks and are medium growth rate. Right now I'm looking for just the right shaped Anubias for a front hide in Little Bee's tank. I know what I want it to look like so it may be a while before I find it.
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Its looking good!

My amazon swords always look fab when they arrive, then go through a phase when the big leaves go yellow and die off, but then they start growing properly again, and get thicker and bushier than when they started. They also usually end up a good couple of inches shorter than they started. Maybe my lights are different from the sellers'.

It used to really bother me, but I've learned that it is quite a common thing as they adjust to the water/light conditions in your tank, so if it starts happening to your plants, don't worrit about it, and don't throw them out because you think the plants are dying. Just trim back the old leaves and try not to disturb the roots, and they will start producing new leaves from the centre of the crown.

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My Assassin Snails haven't made a dent in the MTS population.

I never plant stem plants when I get them. Instead, I use weights to hold them down and let them self-root. I have found this prevents rotting. And never plant Hornwort; it does not develop roots and will rot.

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