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    Amazon frogbit

    Ramshorn snails eat frogbit the fine hairs extending out from the taproots but not the taproot itself, and never the leaves. Could be another snails though. Also older leaves can also just get old and deteriorate.
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    Journey to the microcosm - the secret things living in your aquarium

    I have keep these before under the name 'turtle snails'. I got them from an ebay auction in the US about 10 years ago. It's cool to see that they seem to be part ramshorn snail part not. They didn't breed particularly well in my tank, eventually just disappearing and they were not particularly...
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    Shy Corydoras Habrosus

    Ooo mort with the habrosus avatar. I best listen :) Problem is I like the clean look. I do it because it keeps my maintenance low. But, I duly have taken your advice and have now added a little rock cave under the bigger driftwood cave. My habrosus are all about it. Let's see if it makes them...
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    Ember Tetra Schooling - comparisons between 5, 10, 15, and 20 fish

    It's true. I just like this sparse look showcasing that wood however. The cories clean my fine sand substrate so I never have to vacuum and my snails clean the glass. All I have to do is a monthly water change and filter rinse, and feed it. The moss grows too slowly to need to trim. I would get...
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    Ember Tetra Schooling - comparisons between 5, 10, 15, and 20 fish

    I feed my embers grindal worms once a day - easy to culture any time of year.
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    Ember Tetra Schooling - comparisons between 5, 10, 15, and 20 fish

    Yeah my LFS 'The Goldfish Bowl' has a consistent source of embers that get FIRE red. They're awesome. The water here is ph 7.5 and medium hard even. It seems to me there are different 'varieties' of embers. Some get red, others not so much. Thanks!
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    Ember Tetra Schooling - comparisons between 5, 10, 15, and 20 fish

    So I thought I would give my experiences of keeping different numbers of embers, as I have tried keeping different school sizes. I will also back up what I am saying with photos. With 5 fish in both a 35l and a 60l tank they hide constantly in an invisible back corner at the bottom of the tank...
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    Shy Corydoras Habrosus

    Here is the 35l tank before the relocation And here is the 60l tank after. One change that I do notice, now that you mention is, is most of the floating plant surface cover has died off (because I started growing some plants out the back of the tank, and the competition for nutrients kills my...
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    Shy Corydoras Habrosus

    I have 11 dwarf cory habrosus in a 60l tank on sand. I initially got 8 of them in 2016, but they regularly breed for me and some young survive naturally. They used to be real brave, out and about wriggling all the time, but in the last year they have gotten shier and shier. Six weeks ago I had...
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    NanoCubes for Bettas

    Wow even I am impressed my crypt didn't melt when put into a new tank with CO2 coming from low-tech. Tough plant!
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    Driftwood gradual dissolving/disintegration

    Ok then! Here is the wood pre-epoxy. The crucial branch in question is the one bottom right making the little 'cave' (you can even see almost through it in this photo it's so thin - it looks like it wants to break doesn't it?). Here is the reinforced version. Can't tell any difference from...
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    Driftwood gradual dissolving/disintegration

    Good news. I used black Milliput epoxy to secure my wobbling but crucial branch on my driftwood. I took the driftwood out of the tank, put on the epoxy, left it out of the tank overnight, and mid-day then next day it was rock hard and I put it back in my tank. I have fish, snails, and shrimp in...
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    Driftwood gradual dissolving/disintegration

    https://www.milliput.com/ This aquarium epoxy comes in brown and black and will bond when wet. However some reefers claim it poisoned their tank, but others say they have used without issue... https://www.ultimatereef.net/threads/best-coral-glue-epoxy-milliput-stuff.277738/page-2
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    Driftwood gradual dissolving/disintegration

    Don't think this would work for aquariums because if you epoxy coat dry wood it will look unnaturally shiny and will almost certainly float!
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    Driftwood gradual dissolving/disintegration

    Makes sense. I see all these bonsai wood pieces that have been frankensteined together these days with a kind of wood-like epoxy. I have a piece of driftwood whose key branch is about to break, but I'd like to reinforce it with a similar epoxy - preferably one that can cure and bond to wood...
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