Cinnebuns Posted January 5 Share Posted January 5 (edited) I posted this in some Facebook groups as well but I'm going to make the post here more of a discussion rather than giving information. This is a 10 gallon ramshorn cull tank. It has not been fed in almost 2 months. There was originally some moss in there which is almost gone. It has been 100% blacked out for most of those 2 months with a blanket over it so I don't think much algae is growing. There is actually a few pretty large ones in there too! We commonly say "reduce feedings and the population will work itself out!" While this is 100% true its not 100% complete. There are other sources of food. This includes: eggs (both their own and other species), algae, dead animals and plant matter, microorganisms, each other, and finally when they are desperate, live plants. I think people get frustrated when the conversation is ended at "just reduce feedings" *facepalm* and doesn't include this information. They'll say things like "but I'm almost barely feeding much every 3 days!" Their snail population doesn't decrease because the snails are eating other things. It still starts with reducing feedings and that will be the largest contribution. Some of the items on the list are greatly increased by over feeding like algae and microorganisms, but I feel people get hung up on that as the only solution when in some cases a person's tank needs more. Edited January 13 by Cinnebuns 6 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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