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Old 02-14-2006, 10:39 PM   #11
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Most decent local fish stores have malaysian trumpet snails. But you do not need them if you go with sand--you just have to make sure to stir up the sand a bit when you do your weekly water changes. Even with the snails, you would still need to do some stirring up anyway.

Doing a fishless cycle is a great idea for several reasons: aside from properly establishing your biological filter without endangering or damaging your fish, it gives you plenty of time to really research and plan what you want in your tank. You may initially think you want snails, for instance, but then learn as you are researching other fish that you may have compatibility problems for one reason or another.
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The Malaysian Trumpet Snails are great! They are plant friendly and burrow into your substrate, hence shifting it around for you. They are nocturnal hence you wont' really see them. The only downside is they are livebearers and will reproduce pretty quickly. You won't really know how many you have unless you suprise them in the middle of the night by turning the lights on. They are pretty snails too though. They are a must for my tank.
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