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Old 10-15-2016, 06:30 PM   #11
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Let it be known: using quilt batting to scrub your water is a really good way to crash your cycle. We'll get through it, though!

How did you come to this conclusion? Poly-fil (polyester quilt batting material) is a popular and effective mechanical filter material. I've used it for years in my tanks. Regarding this material, be sure to select a product that is free of flame retardants.
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That's really neat about the store!

What is it about the CO2 that they don't like? I only recently started using Flourish Excel, and, if anything, my snails are more active.

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With injected CO2 there is a ph drop (which isn't noticeable with liquid CO2 like excel) and I was finding that larger snails got cracks and chips on their shells appearing. Probably didn't help that my water is soft to start with but previously snails had been fine before I started CO2 injection. In some spare tanks they gradually improved but very slow even with cuttlebone added.
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How did you come to this conclusion? Poly-fil (polyester quilt batting material) is a popular and effective mechanical filter material. I've used it for years in my tanks. Regarding this material, be sure to select a product that is free of flame retardants.
Well, I feel a little better knowing that it wasn't a completely stupid idea.

In the list of things that could have affected the cycle are a week-previois substrate change, treating with API General Cure, using a lot of hand sanitizer in the process of the change thanks to a 5 year-old who decided to get things out of the freezer by herself, and the batting.

General Cure isn't supposed to cause problems with the cycle, and my hands were never wet with sanitizer when I put my hands in the water or on equipment.

The substrate is the most likely cause, but it had happened several days before. I removed a lot (but not all) of the substrate last week Saturday but still had nitrates. I do levels checks on Wednesdays, and I had zero ammonia and 5 nitrates, so I'm pretty sure it's not an issue with the substrate. That was the big change.

I also test levels after water changes, and my ammonia was .5ppm and nitrates 0! A 17% water change wouldn't have made that much of a difference.would it?

I used JoAnn's off the batt batting, so I have no idea whether it's treated with flame retardant chemicals. It made the water SO CLEAR!

So maybe it was the substrate?

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With injected CO2 there is a ph drop (which isn't noticeable with liquid CO2 like excel)....
We were actually having issues with the lack of carbon increasing the pH. I'm learning a lot about water chemistry.

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We were actually having issues with the lack of carbon increasing the pH. I'm learning a lot about water chemistry.

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Fish-keeping such a peaceful art! (then the research, biology, chemistry starts... )
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10 gallon change on the 29 gallon. I think things are improving.

In the 10 gallon, I took out the fairy house. I told our daughter that she's in charge of decorating, and so we moved her neon skull and Dory.

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The nerites are on it cleaning them up.

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Our daughter also picked out a bubbler on amazon for an early birthday present.

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Maxime is doing awesomely well! I think his shell is growing back. When I first looked at him this morning he pulled back in, but now he's cruising and even parasnailing.

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Edited to add: as you can see, someone ate the roots off of that bamboo stalk. (glares at rabbit snails)
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Nice bubbler! Used to like the old pirate chest one myself.
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Ride 'em, Maxime!

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Vanilla Snail joined the crew. Maybe she'll eat some of the mysterious clear algae that bloomed recently.

Snaily had another baby. I love her babies.
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Three so far today. I want them to survive!
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