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Old 01-21-2015, 08:00 PM   #21
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I would have purchased a bigger tank.

+1 bigger tank, now my wife won't let me get a bigger tank Also, I went cheap and didn't get enough substrate so I have a hard time growing large rooted plants.


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Old 01-21-2015, 08:09 PM   #22
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-I would/will be getting a 5g tank, I am having to start over because of a Mystery Snail that snuck some friends home from the LFS ...Ended up with HUNDREDS of snails.
-Larger Tank (long)
-Researched more into the difference between cold/warm water fish.
If you have a population explosion of snails it means you're overfeeding your tank.
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If you have a population explosion of snails it means you're overfeeding your tank.
I took the fish out for a while and didn't feed.. they still went nuts?
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I took the fish out for a while and didn't feed.. they still went nuts?

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I took the fish out for a while and didn't feed.. they still went nuts?
Define "a while" pest snails have incredible longevity. But unless they were limpets then they need a food source to be able to breed explosively. Its likely that your short stint followed a large period of breeding.
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Define "a while" pest snails have incredible longevity. But unless they were limpets then they need a food source to be able to breed explosively. Its likely that your short stint followed a large period of breeding.
I took 6 babies, put them in a large vase with 2pcs of bamboo, fed one pea sized piece of algae pelle.. and about a month later, I had 52 snails in the vase.

I bought a quarter sized Blue Mystery Snail, it snuck 2 babies under its shell home. And instead of taking them out, I thought it would be cool. Yeah, it wasn't.
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Old 02-06-2015, 12:37 AM   #27
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Geez, where do I start???

1. First and foremost I would have gotten a bigger tank.
2. As if that wasn't bad enough, I go a 20g high. Should have gotten a long!
3. Even worse, I got it as part of a starter kit... besides the tank (which I already said I don't like), hood/light and the heater, I have discarded everything else that came with the darned kit
4. Wish I had tried sand instead of gravel
5. More plants! For the longest time I only had anubias, which did really well. I just recently got my first java fern and ordered a bunch more. Considering some more species to add
6. Wish I got a canister filter from the get go

I've still had a lot of fun until now, but dang if hindsight isn't 20/20!!!!
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I would have gotten a huge tank and spent more time aqua scraping to turn it into an amazon habitat.
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I would have invested In a 90 gallon acrylic tank. I also would have started with fewer species of fish.
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