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dw1305

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Hi all,
Any recomendations on snails and nerite snail eggs like are they hard to remove and do they end up everywere ? I would only want a couple.
It is only really Nerite snails that produce the persistent white egg cases.

Other aquarium snails are either live bearing (viviparous) like MTS (Melanoides spp.) and Rabbit Snails (Tylomelania) or lay small eggs in a gelatinous surround like Red Ramshorn (Planorbis rubrum) or Tadpole snails (Physella acuta).

People like Nerites because they do a good job (in hard water) on hardscape and they don't proliferate (the eggs need brackish water to develop). The Sulawesi snails need specialised conditions, but the other species mentioned will survive in much softer water and are "self-sustaining".

cheers Darrel
 

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Hi all, It is only really Nerite snails that produce the persistent white egg cases.

Other aquarium snails are either live bearing (viviparous) like MTS (Melanoides spp.) and Rabbit Snails (Tylomelania) or lay small eggs in a gelatinous surround like Red Ramshorn (Planorbis rubrum) or Tadpole snails (Physella acuta).

People like Nerites because they do a good job (in hard water) on hardscape and they don't proliferate (the eggs need brackish water to develop). The Sulawesi snails need specialised conditions, but the other species mentioned will survive in much softer water and are "self-sustaining".

cheers Darrel
Cheers for that Darrell, nerite snails are easiest for me to get as have a selection at pets at home that is nice and local and they are also look good and as you say are good workers.

Are the eggs they lay bad and unsightly and do they lay a lot ? I am debating getting a couple of them and think would add some nice interest into tank.

Also thinking of buying EI starter kit with dry powders as flying through bottle of specialised, you think should work ok as be lot less pricey.

Thanks dean

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I'm.no expert but I do.believe the zedra nerites are the work egg layer I have 4 yellow horn and 3 onion nerites in my tank and no eggs but perfectly clean glass

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I have zebra nerites and for some reason they only lay eggs on wood.. And yes you can see them as they choose the most darkest places on the wood.. But they dissappear after a while.. I'm not bothered by it but others might.
 

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I have zebra nerites and for some reason they only lay eggs on wood.. And yes you can see them as they choose the most darkest places on the wood.. But they dissappear after a while.. I'm not bothered by it but others might.
I still cant decide about snails or to buy more shrimp i think they lay eggs on rocks aswel but cant decide if can be bothered with the egg situation.

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Quick update thinkgs going great with practically zero alage. Would like a different fish selection at some point like rasboras but no rush currently as ticking along so well.

Glad got the twinstar controller working thanks to some people on here love how it slowly dims over half hour period.

Thanks dean
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Hello mate.

Glad everything is on track. By the look of it, it look like very dense and green. Good job mate. Keep it up

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Ryan
Thanks ryan and the twinstar is great how it slowly dims over half hour to 0 percent gives some great colours. Thanks for kind words everyone, still dosing 3 squirts of tropica specialised and some liquid carbon daily.

Any thoughts on more shrimp or if i should get a nerite snail or 2 or would the eggs drive me crazy

Like i say i will rescape soon but enjoying the ease at the minute. And when rescape i will need to spend on new plants etc as will want more bucephalandra etc so no rush yet.

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Does the controller remove the need of using a mechanical timer to turn the light on and off at specific times?
Yes you can change intensity i have at 90 percent then set to go off at a certain time and it will ramp down fron 90 to zero over half hour as i have it set.

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Spoke to soon found some algae in aquarium skme staghorn i think its black and stringy and on edges of plant leaves and sometimes in middle.

I done a water change and also done a filter clean as only done 1 or 2 in last few months and it was quite dirty in bottom of filter bolw, cleaned all the filter media by rinseing it in tank water then cleaned pre filter under tank (done pre filter more often) whilst water level was low i spot dosed some liquid carbon onto the staghorn i could see and removed a couple of leaves.

I noticed some plants at rear looked melted etc, i have moved the drop checker to the inlet filter side of tank as think maybe not enough co2 at rear right were the denser plant mass is. When drop checker was at the left it was lime green / yellow just after lights on but will up it a bit.

Any recomendations would be great.
Next time i do a scape maybe soon i will put in the filter inlet and outlet before planting to make sure flow etc should be ok.

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Apart from above questions can i ask when you soak lilly pipes etc in bleech and water how much seachem prime you add to a fresh water container after rinsing them ?

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Ahhhh, same algae than mine, I think the dirty prefilter foam is Worth checking, mine is full of dirt after one month, thinking of replacing it with Something coarser.
 

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Ahhhh, same algae than mine, I think the dirty prefilter foam is Worth checking, mine is full of dirt after one month, thinking of replacing it with Something coarser.
Yes there not blue any more, is it worth changing you think and let me know what you decide on, could that hold the alage what causing the staghorn you think ? And by spot dosing excel is that best way to go?

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If there the oase pre filter foams they should be cleaned weekly lol just rinsed in cold tap water that is why they designed it so there easy to get to and if you do change them.go for the cardon ones there course and help to polish the water
 

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If there the oase pre filter foams they should be cleaned weekly lol just rinsed in cold tap water that is why they designed it so there easy to get to and if you do change them.go for the cardon ones there course and help to polish the water
I do normally clean the prefilter a lot more often than main filter compartment but maybe not weekly as i should.

So far i have dosed the staghorn with liquid carbon and today i will not be doing water change so will turn filters off and dose again liqud carbon over the staghorn i can see.

Are them pre-filter sponges correct size or need cut to size and i think may do same thing and replace the prefilters. But is that the logic that staghorn alage may be trapped in the prefilters or bad bacteria/alage is in the dirty prefilters?

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