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Old 10-16-2019, 07:27 AM   #1
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Hello all. New here to technology and fish/aquarium keeping. I have one blue mustard betta & 3 cory catfish in different 10g aquariums. I'm presently tearing down a 5 gallon Fluval that became heavily infested with every kind of worm and pest snail. Since my Cory catfish keep laying eggs I'd like to make the Fluval, once I can get it sterilized, into a grow out tank should I have any live baby Cory fry. I'd like suggestions on how to sterilize this tank. I have literally thrown everything away and ordered new parts for the filter system in the Fluval I'm also going to silicone the tiny holes that go into the filter chamber. I think I lost my one and only baby Cory that way a couple weeks ago from their first batch of eggs. Also can anyone tell me if I will have better success with the cc eggs hatching in the 10 gallon aquarium that the three adults are in? I don't presently have a tank that is ready to transfer the cc eggs to.
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Old 10-19-2019, 04:25 AM   #2
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Welcome to the community.

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Not sure why you need to actually sterilize it. You didn't have any diseases it sounds like just some kinds of worms.

Using vinegar and baking soda and a magic eraser or generic version will clean, make sure to scrub and rinse under the edges top and corners and make sure you triple rinse the corners and under everything really well.

You can use a mixture of 3 teaspoons (or 1 tablespoon) of bleach to one gallon in the water to sanitize and 1/2 to 3/4 cup of bleach to disinfect.

You can add all your parts from the filter except the motor of course electrical parts/pump, and soak for a half hour or so and rinse, rinse, rinse.

Bleach can cause damage to all kinds of things. Just be cautious as bleach isn't good for your skin (use gloves) and use with open air circulation, also harmful to breathing.

Then after copious rinsing, you can use Prime water conditioner to soak everything to help neutralize bad stuff. I usually soak overnight. But I imagine an hour would also be good.

Also you will need to build up your beneficial bacteria again.
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Thank you Autumnsky I will definitely do what you suggest and then recycle the tank again. Eventually I'd like it to house just two mystery snails because that was the original reason I got this particular tank. I truly am crazy about snails - go figure.
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Welcome to a fellow north Georgian . Autumnsky has given you some sound advice . I would add that you don't need to move the Cory fry . Just let them grow with their parents . I have never had a Cory eat it's fry....lol Once they get bigger you can leave them or move them .
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Thank you Autumnsky I will definitely do what you suggest and then recycle the tank again. Eventually I'd like it to house just two mystery snails because that was the original reason I got this particular tank. I truly am crazy about snails - go figure.
Your talking to another snail nerd!!! And inverts in general.
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So glad to hear there are other people in our big wide world that appreciate the individuality and beauty of snails and such creatures. I make it a huge point to move the snails out in the wild off the sidewalks so they won't get stepped on and I'm also one of those persons that pulls her car off the side of the road and goes out to the road to save the turtles and help them across the street. So we'd be good friends.
Thanks again for all the help you've offered. I look forward to continuing my interest in the aquarium hobby and having all of its inhabitants that I can afford and have time for.
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Question Update on snail dilemmas

I bought 2 Mystery snails & 1 Nerite about a week & a half ago. Like all my previous Nerites - doesn't matter what tank I put them in - they die within a few days of getting them. What is with that? I read forums all the time about nerite snails and nobody else's seem to die. Their snails do what they were bought to do which is clean the tank mine never do that. I purchase them from a very reputable Aquatics store that sells nothing else but tropical fish and snails. They seem healthy when they are picked out of the store and the minute I put them in my tanks and I have all different tanks they don't do well at all. The mysteries for the most part last a little longer, but even they die after a few months. I clean their tanks at least 3-4 time a month, they are filtered, live planted w/ substrate and heated. According to my API Master water kit water parameters -as of last night - showed 0 nitrate & 0 ammonia. I fed them blanched zucchini squash yesterday and attempted to feed them green beans which they would have nothing to do with I've also tried Rapashi & algae wafers - won't eat those either. There is NOTHING else in this tank w/ them. Please can anyone tell me what I'm doing wrong that the snails keep dying? These last two Mysteries are about the end of my hobby attempts with snails if they pass away also.
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Snail woes

Please share the tank parameters for...

Do you know/ can you check the pH?
TDS / Total Dissolved Solids ?
KH (calcium / alkalinity) / GH (General Hardness)



Mine seem to languish in most of the tanks until a pwc and then they are zipping around. Which in my case makes me think they prefer the higher pH. (maybe) Less TDS over all? Not sure about that part.

My kH is always low in the tap water nearly 0.

My TDS numbers are low 25-33 from tap.

Which means I usually need to put in some minerals - magnesium and calcium to buffer the tank water so the pH doesn't go low - below 6 pH. Okay for some fish too low for some of the others I have.

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Anyway, see if you can check the numbers and let's see what your water says. If you can, check the tap water and separately the tank water and see if there are any differences.

You can use the test stick strips for the KH /GH if you have them. Or the lfs often will test the water for free, just make sure to write down the readings.

My Nerites may starve, as it seems I can only keep one tough one alive, sometimes (I guess if it IS a tough one). Low pH long term is their enemy in my tanks. Multiples don't work very long in my tanks!
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