05-07-2013, 12:11 PM
05-07-2013, 12:13 PM
For the horned nerite snail, I wouldn't add four - one would be enough. These are great for keeping things clean of certain algae and I have one in three of my tanks. But the reason I say go with only one in a small tank is that they tend to lay eggs everywhere - on the glass on driftwood, plants, etc. - and it can be really annoying to see these tiny white specks everywhere and try to clean them up if that's your preference. Personally, I don't even try anymore.
They won't hatch and breed as they need brackish water for that, but they most likely will lay eggs. And four of them in that small tank could make quite a mess.
05-07-2013, 12:15 PM
05-07-2013, 12:17 PM
05-07-2013, 11:22 PM
Cories won't feed on the algae but what you might be thinking of are otocinclus - oto cats. These are great and relatively small and you could probably have 3-4 of them easily.
As far as the shrimp go, I don't have mollies or platys so I can't say for sure, but these are not really small fish. I'd be worried a bit about either cherry or tiger shrimp but someone with similar fish would know better. At least any babies would probably be in jeopardy.
Maybe look at amano shrimp which can get to a good size and are also pretty good with algae. They won't breed as they need brackish water for that. Or since you are just starting out why not try the ghost (glass, grass - all the same) shrimp first and see how the fish take to them. These shrimp are so cheap that a $.30 fish snack won't smart as much as a more expensive one. Then, while you're planning the 55 gallon tank, you can also think of a 5 gallon, shrimp only tank, too, for some of the more expensive ones!!
05-08-2013, 01:11 PM
05-08-2013, 01:18 PM
Be careful adding fish to your tank. You added seven x-ray tetra a few days ago now two platy's. Platy's and molly's are are "dirty" fish and will create a decent sized bio-load for a 10 gallon. Molly's will also eventually outgrow that small tank. With 2 tetra, 2 molly's, and 2 platy's, my opinion is your tank is fully stocked. Keep a close eye on the parameters.
When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
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I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.
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05-08-2013, 01:22 PM
05-08-2013, 01:31 PM
Once you have your daughter's tank finished, you're going to have to get one of your own. You could have a beautiful 30 gallon tank - a great size and easy to maintain. You know you want to....O:)
30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, apple & nerite snails
15 g FW planted:crown tail betta, neons, pygmy cory, clown pleco,apple & nerite snails
90 g FW planted:congos, rainbows, roseline sharks, swordtails, ottos,krib pair, ABNP, peppered cories, apple snails
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05-08-2013, 01:35 PM