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Today my quarantine gang has moved into paradise 🙂

They are enjoying a gentle sunrise there.

I added black neons since my one lone wolf lost his buds to ick a few months ago. I also introduced a Bolivian ram which has an adorable personality.

The usual gang are pristella tetras, a mystery snail named York (she's the "Big Apple"), and a zebra nerite snail named Hampshire.

29 gallons

For plants we’ve got Java fern, Java moss, and micro sword.

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On 6/8/2022 at 6:21 AM, Chick-In-Of-TheSea said:

My mystery snail, York, keeps laying eggs. I have decided to hatch some!  Here is another thread I started specifically for that.

I think you posted that list on your thread!

Oh yes!  I mean if you think about it where else would it be🤦‍♀️🙄  you’d think I know that.  I looked once and I couldn’t find it on that thread but I was in a hurry

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apple juice bottle with “handle”


pool filter sand

Also- not pictured- a bucket




I fill the bottle about this much, add tap water. Cap it. Invert the bottle a lot so sand filters through the water like an hour glass. Also I turn the bottle on its side and rotate it “rotisserie style”



Do this like a million times. Here’s a photo after every rinse.





















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Well I’m a dummy. I started with a cloudy bottle. It was scratched up from last sand project. So I pour into glass. I am not looking for absolute clarity. Just looking to see if the dust settles to bottom quickly.


Oh! Important! Anyone who attempts this, don’t pour any water from this project into your drain! You guys know, but just sayin. (That’s what the bucket is for. I pour the bottle water out into the bucket, then take the bucket outside later to dump it.)

I dechlorinated the aquarium water. Probably not necessary.

Added sand to aquarium. 
Slowly immersed bottle. Let tank water flow in to put pressure on the sand. Slowly tipped out.


But then wait? What about planting plants & stuff? 

No problem. Here’s a little test showing result.


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Now that I have nice clear water, I wrecked it by squishing an old pre filter sponge into it and adding a cruddy sponge filter. That should clear up quickly. Also added baby java fern and driftwood. The rock and the old sponge don’t stay. They are just there for now to weigh down the driftwood and provide bacteria.

Added the light for the Java fern and dosed with Easy Green. More plants on the way.




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On 6/18/2022 at 4:43 PM, Chick-In-Of-TheSea said:

I changed water on the big tank today and all that water went into this tank. Also did filter maintenance and squeezed out all the media into this tank too. Ew! Haha

Also the plants came today so I scaped it. I also got some bonus plants in my shipment!  I’m told they might be salvia minima. 



Looking good so far. Bonus plants are always nice!

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Thanks @TeeJay. I’m pretty much doing the same as you. Adding “juice” to get things started. Tank has a lot of detritus right now. I did clean the sponge filter in a ziplock full of tank water today (it was really clogged) but left all the other mulm in there.

I added Fritz Zyme today also and ghost fed.

The snails need to grow some more before they can move in because I can’t trust them with the gaps in the lid where the heater cord and tubing come through. 

I get a different headcount each day. 34,32,24,27. So I don’t know how many snails I actually have, but the next clutch is starting to show some activity, and I’m guessing there are about 80-100 expected from that one. (Snail journal link in my signature line)

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On 6/19/2022 at 8:24 AM, TeeJay said:

Found a turkey baster works wonders lol.

Oh yeah, especially for smaller tanks. I use one daily to clean uneaten food out of my snail breeder box. It’s safer than an irrigation syringe because there are no moving parts, in case I do suck up a baby snail. I need to get a better one though. This one is from Dollar Tree and stuff wants to fall back out of it so I always have to put my finger on the end. I would like to get one of those no-drip turkey basters 

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On 6/22/2022 at 12:06 PM, Chick-In-Of-TheSea said:

Weird question but do you remember what brand? My turkey baster is bad. The stuff I suck up just wants to fall back out before I can get the baster out of the tank.

This is the one I got from wal mart


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