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12-30-2008, 04:58 PM #1Junior Member Guppy
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introducing snails to tank, cleaning algae
I have a 10g freshwater tank. I was going to get 1 or 2 margarita or nerite snails to clear algae as the algae is getting out of hand.
1. should those do the job of cleaning the algae? it is mostly on the glass.
2. the substrate is like small gravel. Is that going to be ok for them, will they be able to get around?
3. how do I introduce them to the tank? I read something about drip treatement or something like that. Just drip my water into their bag a little at a time?
4. do I need to add calcium or anything like that?
Thanks for your help I am a total noob with regard to snails.
12-30-2008, 05:20 PM #2
Snails need a high ph.
Snails also multiply like crazy.
Have you looked at Apple Snails yet?They need a pair to mate and the eggs are easily seen and removed.http://www.applesnail.net/
Why not get an oto?They clean real good.
As for acclimating just float the bag for 20-30min.Do not add the water from the bag to your tank.Ray Your Freindly Neighborhood,Fully Mod-ified, Self-appointed Pic Hound!! Need pics!!!
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12-30-2008, 06:11 PM #3
do you have freshwater or marine tanks? i'm pretty sure margarita snails are marine only and nerite snails commonly found in tanks are also SW, maybe brackish. I think there may be a FW species, but haven't heard of them being sold anywhere. Like NG said, applesnail.net is your friend.
12-30-2008, 06:30 PM #4
NG has the right idea here.
Really, algae problems are much more easily fixed at the source, which is too much light or nutrients in the water. Adding real plants will take some away from the algae. Indirect sunlight can also cause algae.
I usually dont recommend apple snails for people who use gravel, but its not because its hard for them them to get around, more because they are messy. They should be able to get around fine.
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12-30-2008, 09:27 PM #5Junior Member Guppy
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What is an oto?
Thanks for your replies. I have been researching and I think a nerite snail would be good. I just need to check my PH to make sure it's over 7.
Yeah I know it would be best to get rid of the sunlight but as I was saying in another thread, it's weird, the overhead light in the tank causes the fish agitation, so I like to let the sunlight in so they can at least get some light. It is so weird how they don't like much light at all (they are bleeding heart tetras)
12-30-2008, 09:41 PM #6
0Originally Posted by jamison170
Oto = otocinclus catfish a small catfish known for its expert ability to consume algae unlike anything else of its size.Easy to care for and easy to find, around $2 each or less.
12-31-2008, 03:59 AM #7
with snails, not only is your ph important, but so is the general hardness(GH) of your water. If there aren't enough dissolved solids in the water, the snail's shell will slowly dissolve, even if your KH(which dictates ph) is high. a ph over 7 indicates that your water has buffering capacity, but not necessarily dissolved solids, esp if you have an aggressive water treatment plant or a water softener system for your house water. What you can do is use a buffer agent like baking soda to get your buffer at a level. Then put crushed coral in your tank or filter to keep it there. im currently working to that end right now and we now have some critters that require not only higher ph but dissolved minerals as well. FTR, i have oto cats and they are most definitely a great addition to a tank.
01-29-2009, 08:12 PM #8
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