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  1. Thanks. I’m on the fence still. We spend so much time trying to make our plants look amazing and it’s hard to watch these scuds eat them away even though I know they are good for your substrate
  2. Appreciate your responses @DShelton,@eatyourpeas I’m moving in a week and am going to start up my 20 long. Any thoughts if I should start from scratch with my filter media? Any ideas for making sure plants transfer without these hitch hikers?
  3. I am a relatively new aquarist getting back into the hobby with over 4 months into this tank. I posted over a month ago with the question of whether or not scuds that ended in my tank (probably from LFS) were beneficial. I understand that they help break down mulm and detritus but that some species eat plants. It’s apparent that they have taken significant hold in my eco complete and I rarely see them unless I gravel vac or add root tabs. I have also taken apparent my canister filter and noticed them in there as well. The other day I noticed one on top of my crypt spiralis and then days later started seeing what appeared to be sections of my plants missing (attached in picture) that don’t appear to be plant deficiency’s. I even noticed a section of my Java fern chewed as well. I only have 5 CPDs, 5 chili rasboras, Amano shrimp, and a reticulated hill stream loach. I have been wanting to upgrade to a 20 long from my current 10 gal for a while and was planning on instant cycling with all my substrate and filter media but am seriously considering starting all from scratch being that I know it’s next to impossible to rid your tank of these once there in. My two primary questions after all this are as follows: Has anyone else experienced this issue? If you started over, how did you transfer your plants and hardscape to make sure that they did not infest your next tank? Did you get new filter media as well?
  4. Hello all, My name is Greg and I’m just getting back into hobby. So far I am really enjoying my 10 gallon and am already looking at upgrading to a 20 long. Really wanted to prove to myself this time around that I could grown plants really well and make a really natural looking tank. So far it’s been fun but I have a long way to go and will probably spend a lot more time on here
  5. Thank you for the replies. Many forums seem mixed about if scuds are helpful or harmful. From my perspective of all they did was eat the detritus and further break down fish waste I would be fine with them being in there but if it’s at the expense of my plants I would probably tear it all apart to get rid of them
  6. I currently have a 10g tank heavily planted and purchased plants from my local fish store. I have two Amazon swords (one is a red flame) and they produce leaves weekly. That being said I have replaced them in the substrate several times because the roots cannot seem to grow. I have had the tank for 3 months and have fed the swords heavily (3/4 easy root tabs per month) and am wondering if the scuds are eating the roots. Had anyone else had this experience? I am debating starting the tank all over in a 30 long with new substrate and replacing my filter sponges along with heavily cleaning my decorations. thoughts?
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