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  1. Hi everyone! I have 2 questions. My tank is established (over 2 years) but the PH continues to stay around 6.6 which when researching seems low. I have Platies, Swordtails, and guppies. Should I attempt to raise it or leave it alone? If I need to raise it how best to safely do that? We have recently had a couple fish die with no signs of disease so wasn’t sure if it could be the PH. We’ve had 4 fry also die all about the same age. Second question, is my tank has been overtaken by rams horn snails. Started with one and now I wish I had taken it out. Didn’t realize how quickly they multiply! How can I get rid of these? Far to many to do it by hand. Thanks for the help as always!
  2. I keep a few Colombian or giant ramshorn snails (Marisa cornuarietis). I use them to help cycle tanks, or clean plants, etc. Not that they aren't cool on their own of course. Recently they have been coating the tank with eggs. They are below the waterline, which I expected. But, they are entirely clear and after 5ish days they don't seem to have any sign of life in them. I know they can take 10+ days to develop, but I'm not certain these are viable. Anyone have any experience with this species?
  3. I have been noticing how some of my critters behave towards/treat Ramshorn snails in their tanks. This is what I have found: - Amano and Neocaridina shrimp play basketball by dribbling the little guys. - Pea puffers do target practice. - Betta and sparkling gourami knock them off the plants and tank walls. - Kuhli loaches do the power skating/ice hockey mean shoving. - Corydoras pretend not to see them and bulldoze them. - Bladder snails make fun of them and don't do much more than pure on-the-spot humiliation. Has anyone else had the pleasure of watching their own aquarium sports channel?
  4. Hi, with a lot of my plants growing quite quickly I was wondering how to dispose of plants that I can't place back in the substrate (such as dwarf aquarium lily leaves). I've read about freezing as an option, but I'm not sure that it would also deal with the bladder and ramshorn snails/eggs in my aquarium. Thanks!
  5. Hi Everyone! I'm attempting to create a 5g snail tank to feed my puffers. It's been set up since March and has bladder and ramshorn snails in it. They cleaned the tank pretty quickly and I started to see die off awhile ago so I started feeding them algae wafers to try to get the population to increase again. I'm battling ammonia now even though the remaining snails make quick work of the wafers. I'm still seeing die off for some reason. I just can't get the population up! I feel silly because I thought this would be a breeze. What am I doing wrong? How do you successfully raise a large supply of snails? What's causing the Ammonia? The algae wafers? Tank parameters: Ph: 7.2 Temp: 78 Ammonia: .25 consistently even with water changes Nitrite: 0 Nitrate: 10 Ammonia from the tap: .5
  6. In a last-ditch effort to save my dying Ramshorn snails, I want to buy straight-up algae for them. They've eaten every speck from the tanks, and I wonder if they need it. My 2 options are Chlorella (single-celled green algae), or Spirulina (a cyanobacteria called blue-green algae.) Which comes closest to being the type of hard, flat green algae that grows on aquarium glass?
  7. The ramshorns are my favorite species of snail, but I find more empty juvenile shells every day, and they're not laying eggs either. Bladder and Malaysian trumpet are thriving. This includes a tank that's only ramshorns, and tanks that have a combo of snail species. I feed all snails a sinking pellet for crustaceans, which all 3 species do eat. What could possibly be going on with the ramshorns?
  8. Hello, All! I wanted to start a journal here to kind of keep track of things and hope that others enjoy seeing this stuff too. I know I love seeing/reading about everyone else's tanks through their journals. I currently have 2 tanks, a 20 gallon and 14 gallon. Both have Bettas with some tanks mates. I am hoping to convince my boyfriend that I need a third tank once I start my new job, which would be a guppy community tank I think. I "rescaped" my 20 gallon tank today and thought it would be the best time to start this journal off. I plan on doing the 14 gallon tomorrow and will add that here tomorrow. My 20 gallon is currently home to: Galadaeros (aka Gal) the Halfmoon Betta 2 Nerite snails 6ish Amano shrimp 5 Otocinclus 8ish Ramshorn snails I started this tank back in January when I fell in love with Gal at a Petsmart. I have had fish off and on throughout my life, but unfortunately not to the level of care that I now know they need. I have since fallen down the rabbit hole and am OBSESSED. This is what the tank looked like this morning. I am currently fighting some hair algae, but it is SO much better now than it was. I think I am finally beating it! Though, it does look cool on my castle, I think. This is what I ended up with. I hope my PSO will fill in the background soonish, since it is all spread out now. I am thinking about adding a background but cant decide between black and dark grey. Gal is pouting because he only got vibra bites today, not frozen bloodworms. Gal likes to rest on the hair algae. And a super cute Oto. I am in LOVE with these little fish!! Thank you for coming and seeing my tank!
  9. I have a planted 60 gallon tank with about 20 fish in it. about a year ago i only had 1 rams-horn snail. Now i have around 35 to 40. A month ago i bought 2 assassin snails and one was DOA but the current one seems to be eating a few a week. Does anyone have any idea how many assassin snails i would need to maintain a pop of rams horn snails around 5 to 10? I know the assassins eat about 3 a week but i have no clue of the breeding rate of the rams horns.
  10. It has been a while since I posted last asking for some water chemistry advice. Since then I have managed to get my water parameters fairly stable at 0 ammonia and nitrite, 10 - 30 nitrate (depending on fertilization and water changes), 7 PH (up from 6.6 avg a few months back), 6dgh and 2dkh. I had some hair algae issues but got that under control as I was dosing too much fertilizer/too much light. One issue I still have however is that my ramshorn snails have all but gone extinct, the only ones that are still around are all tiny (< 3mm diameter), and their shells look stunted. The pond snails are also looking a bit ragged and their population has declined. The Malaysian trumpet snails however seem to be doing great and have a large stable population. What am I doing wrong here, a few questions I have: Are the ramshorn and pond snails just getting out competed by the trumpet snails? Are the ramshorn and pond snails malnourished because I am not explicitly feeding them anything regularly? Why are the ramshorn snails shells so wonky, am I missing certain trace minerals in the water column? I put a miracle shell in and it did not seem to help the snails that much other than making my dGH around 12. My current running theory is that my PH was too low for the snails I bought initially, which caused the first generation of them to get holes in their shell and eventually die off. The baby ramshorn snails, now that the PH is better, are getting out competed for food by the trumpet snails, they are malnourished and dying off before they reach maturity. Pond snails hitched a ride on a plant and took over for a bit but then also started dying off, the shells of the baby snails never get path the transparent stage. I think these are now also getting out competed by the trumpet snails. I have included some pictures, all taken today. I can send links to larger resolution images if requested. Any suggestions/advice anyone has as to why my ramshorn snails are not thriving would be greatly appreciated.
  11. I noticed large amounts of egg sacks? forming on my Italian Val. Are they by any chance ramshorn snail eggs? The eggs are extremely tiny, like little white dots and are hard for the eye to see. We also have rummynose and albino cardinal tetras, and sterbai corydoras in the tank. The fish don't seem to care about these eggs. Thank you!
  12. So I have been trying to breed ramshorn snails for my turtle tank and I started noticing over the past few weeks, less and less snail eggs around my tank. At first I wasn't sure why the numbers had decreased, but I noticed a few sets of eggs disappear today and just a few moments ago noticed a snail consuming another set of eggs. I feed them every day. Has anyone else encountered this and is there something that would lead them to do this? Thanks.
  13. Beginner here I have one of those dumb questions that some might make fun of me. This year is the first time I have had an aquarium and I didn't want to put fish in it because I don't know if I could keep a fish alive. I am a senior citizen, retired and wanted to have a hobby. Without doing any research, I bought 10 beautiful Ramshorn snails. I put them in a 10 gallon tank then added root floating plants. So now my aquarium is full of snails! I don't know what to do with all these snails! I have started scratching off the new eggs that I find on the aquarium glass. It's possible there could be 500 in this 10 gallon tank! No fish in tank. Only snails, and a bunch of salvinia floating plants that are multiplying also {I think the snails are laying eggs on under side}. I really like the snails BUT without killing these litter critters, what are some ways to scale down? Should I get a larger size tank? Thanks folks and please be kind! DonnaJL in North Carolina
  14. My relatively new crypt lutea 4 weeks in the tank was pitch black , I thought it was melting. I sent a picture of it to the local store in NY where I bought it and they told me that this is not a melting plant but it is covered with algae and will die if not solved. They suggested to try to rub the algae off first with my fingers ... I tried but the algae did not move . Yesterday I added 3 ramshorn snails to the tank and already most of the crypt is green again !!!! What I though was a dead leaf was super green on the inside. I hope it's not a beginner mistake and my tank won't turn into a snail breeding tank but so far these snails are doing such a good job, moving constantly and already after one night cleaned so much algae and I love thier look. This picture the snail that cleaned the algae now eating a dead leaf
  15. I decided to take some close up shots of my snails and noticed this white "hand" looking stuff on its shell. Does anyone know what that is? I assume it has something to do with growth? I don't think its a disease so I'm posting in general discussion. I'd love to hear if anyone has seen anything similar?
  16. Zoom in and take a look. This is a full sized snail. I have had them for over a year and have never seen one larger than the one in the picture. Have any of you experienced these snails?
  17. I want to breed ramshorns as a project, how would I do it? And every one I sell is profit since I am a kid so lucky me
  18. Omg this was the coolest thing, so I was watching my guppy fry and just observing their behaviors when i saw this snail fall down from the surface of the water while holding onto an air balloon, and then I saw it trying to pull in the air bubble and it got me curious so I sat there for 20 minutes just watching this snail struggle to upright itself while holding onto this air bubble, then another snail comes and walks over the snail and steals its air bubble, and somehow makes a balloon out of it and the air buble was just floating there right above him. I took two pics from different angles to prove it wasnt on the terrace cottage or anything it was like the coolest thing ever tho even tho it's not that cool, it was.
  19. I can't get a good closeup as its on the back glass of my tank, but I also saw a couple of them free swimming. I don't have fish in this tank yet TG but am wondering if the worms will die of starvation without fish/fish food in there, or if I need to treat with panacur. And if so then I guess I need to take my 4 new snails out and quarantine them but have no idea where as I have no more tanks. The worms are small. The pics are 10x mag on my cell. Any help in identifying and eradicating appreciated!
  20. What is this snail.just found on plant..please help. Thanks
  21. I'd say these ramshorn snails really love their green beans. They are slowly taking over this 20L. Just thought I'd share.
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