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  1. Hi All! I had a bit of staghorn appear in my snail tank recently so I reduced the lighting in the tank. It seems to have all turned red overnight. Is this a sign that it's dying? The only other change I've made is I added wondershell. Could that have affected the algae?
  2. Can you find out what they were fed before you got them? That might be a good place to start. I do, however, agree that maybe not feeding them for a couple days and then trying the frozen food again is a good idea. Puffs are picky little buggers!
  3. This Aquarium Co-Op article might be helpful: https://www.aquariumcoop.com/blogs/aquarium/pest-snails
  4. I personally found this article about beginning to aquascape and beginner plants very helpful. As for plants, I'd add susswassertang to the Aquarium Co-Op list. It's nice looking and all you do is plop it in the tank and it'll do just fine. https://www.aquariumcoop.com/blogs/aquarium/beginner-planted-aquarium?_pos=2&_psq=beginner&_ss=e&_v=1.0 Also, try to find a local aquarium group on Facebook. A lot of times you can get plants etc for free.
  5. From what I understand, algae is a sign of a nutrient imbalance. I personally struggle with high nitrates because puffers are messy little eaters (ammonia = nitrates). Algae can set in when there is an abundance of nutrients. To combat that, I test and change the water at least once a week. I also only dose Easy Green every two weeks and my plants are doing great. I use a turkey baster and suck up all of the uneaten food right away after each feeding and manually remove the algae every couple of days. It seems to be working because I don't really have an algae issue anymore, and I had a staghorn problem at first.
  6. Oh I'm so sorry! Sending a virtual hug, as I know how attached we get to our little puffs. 🤗
  7. Looks like the beginnings of staghorn to me. @Odd Duckand @Phantom240 are so right -- the algae fight in a puffer tank is real. How long are you lights on? Do you have a timer? Are you dosing with any fertilizer? What are your tank parameters?
  8. Ok! I'll try that and report back if the Ammonia spikes again.
  9. I didn't even think to run those tests. Ha! I'll test today and try adding wondershell. Thank you!
  10. I was doing a ~30 percent water change every week to 10 days but now that I have the Ammonia issue, I test once a week. I usually need to do a ~50 percent water change one day and ~30 percent the next to get the Ammonia down.
  11. Oh! Yes I treat the trap water with Fritz Complete @Griznatch
  12. Yes! The plants are all doing really well and have at least doubled in size -- even the Buce I have has sprouted new leaves.
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