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Old 09-24-2011, 04:08 PM   #1
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Betta/snail/10 us gal compatible dead plant eaters

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I have a 10 gal long planted with a betta and a snail, i have it filtered for 20 gal and am wondering if theres a common fish that i could add to eat the dying plants. Im wondering because i love watching natures cycle take place and dont like the trimmed plant look, i know, a bit strange, but just wondering, any suggestions?
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Old 09-25-2011, 07:42 PM   #2
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I think some shrimp and snails will eat the dead plants. Not 100% sure though.
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Old 09-26-2011, 03:44 AM   #3
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Is there such a thing?
I have a 10 gal long planted with a betta and a snail, i have it filtered for 20 gal and am wondering if theres a common fish that i could add to eat the dying plants. Im wondering because i love watching natures cycle take place and dont like the trimmed plant look, i know, a bit strange, but just wondering, any suggestions?
Sometimes snails will eat the dead plants, but they typically just decay and give off ammonia if you do not remove them by hand. I understand wanting the natural cycle, but in the wild fish not typically eat dying plants either. Dead plants are not as nutritious as live ones. Dead plants just decay and give off nutrients that are used by all the bacteria and micro-orginisms that exist in the wild. They also produce ammonia which is not great for a closed system that is already supporting the ammonia that the fish give off.
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Old 09-27-2011, 09:30 PM   #4
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Thank you for the other side of the nature cycle, i just clipped them off before answering
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