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Me, I got my first rush of brown algae under control with frequent, regular water changes, a small sponge filter (I was just using a submersible water pump up to a hydroponic basil tank before) and lights on a timer. Wasn't fully under control until I brought in ramshorn snails to get in the tough-to-reach areas and plant leaves that my nerites weren't nimble enough to negotiate. A number of plants died from getting covered in brown and green algae, but I replaced them, kept going with water changes, started using Simple Green to give my plants a head start, and things are looking a lot better.

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17 minutes ago, BenA said:

I bought a large bottle of Aquadip but I would say that any will do. Just make sure to follow the instructions. I use it for a month and it made a big difference.

Is that the same as co-op's Easy Carbon? 

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21 minutes ago, Jennifer V said:

Oh that's good to know! She was pretty young but just floating at the top of the tank one night. I suppose I'll see how the other one does so I know if it was just her or another issue. 

Hm, snails can float for a lot of reasons, as normal behavior or indicating something wrong or a change that occurred. A bad smell would definitely indicate death, but bladder snails tend to be pretty small, so it would be hard to gauge. 
For normal behavior: eating at the surface, purposely trapping air in the shell to travel across the aquarium (like miniature hot air balloons haha), and potentially for some other reasons. 
For the other: a sudden change in water parameters causing stress, poor water quality, too much fertilization (if you happen to be dosing way too much copper), or potentially death. That’s typically after multiple days of not moving and continuous floating, though that might not always mean that the snail is dead. 

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1 hour ago, Sapere_Ceta said:

Hm, snails can float for a lot of reasons, as normal behavior or indicating something wrong or a change that occurred. A bad smell would definitely indicate death, but bladder snails tend to be pretty small, so it would be hard to gauge. 
For normal behavior: eating at the surface, purposely trapping air in the shell to travel across the aquarium (like miniature hot air balloons haha), and potentially for some other reasons. 
For the other: a sudden change in water parameters causing stress, poor water quality, too much fertilization (if you happen to be dosing way too much copper), or potentially death. That’s typically after multiple days of not moving and continuous floating, though that might not always mean that the snail is dead. 

Oh no! I may have gotten rid of a perfectly fine snail! I didn't know floating could be part of normal behavior. I should've asked here first. I feel terrible! 

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5 minutes ago, Jennifer V said:

Oh no! I may have gotten rid of a perfectly fine snail! I didn't know floating could be part of normal behavior. I should've asked here first. I feel terrible! 

It happens. An animal floating is usually associated with being dead, as it is often used as the representation of it (like the floating dead goldfish in the cartoons). So to see an animal floating for other reasons is a bit unexpected, and that’s perfectly okay. The aquarium hobby involves a lot of experiences, both good and bad, that we learn from. If it’s any comfort, bladder snails are hermaphroditic. So even if you just have one snail, down the road, there will probably be more that show up. 

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9 hours ago, Jennifer V said:

Is that the same as co-op's Easy Carbon? 

I am new here and don't know the range and haven't got an access to my laptop but I would think that they are the same as the name suggests.

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11 hours ago, SawdustGnome said:

The less I do to my tanks the happier and healthier they seem to be. 

I need to learn to just relax and watch. I'm like a helicopter mom already and I don't even have anything in the tank besides plants and a new snail! 

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