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Old 02-28-2013, 07:22 AM   #46
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The reason why snail population booms is due to one reason: overfeeding. If you fed just enough for your fish or shrimp, you won't have a snail invasion. And snails are good, not bad. They're the cleanup crew for leftover food so it decreases the chance that microorganisms will grow (hydras, planaria). And they tell you about the condition of the tank, whether it's good or bad (changes in water parameteres).
They weren't booming like tens or hundreds after I cleaned. They were reproducing as they normally do, fast. That tank was not a planted tank. There usually was no leftover food as I fed frozen foods like prawns or tilapia fillets. Fish were large cichlids.

The only reason why the substrate was 90% MTS and 10% Seachem Onyx was the substrate, before cleaning, was from a planted tank that was up and running for about 2 decades give or take a few years. Not overfeeding. They reproduced like rabbits. MTS are known for that, at least over here they are. Most of us (houstonians) dread the sight of MTS. The biggest MTS from that substrate was about 2-2.5".

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I'm with Scarlet. Use a friends old tank water from their water change, or buy some tank water from a non-corporate LFS (they sell it by the gallon). That will speed your cycle up.

If you have a friend, ask them if you can put your sponge filter in their tank for a week. That will allow it to build all the necessary stuff on it and cycle your tank faster.
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I'm with Scarlet. Use a friends old tank water from their water change, or buy some tank water from a non-corporate LFS (they sell it by the gallon). That will speed your cycle up.

If you have a friend, ask them if you can put your sponge filter in their tank for a week. That will allow it to build all the necessary stuff on it and cycle your tank faster.
+1 on the sponge filter part or borrow some substrate or media from a cycled tank and put it in a media bag. Water actually holds very little bacteria, so I wouldn't buy tank water, that's just a waste of money. Most of the bacteria is going to be in the substrate and the rest in the media.

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