- Update - UG Carpet plants melted away. Changed to DHG Belem.
- Updated Lights from BuildMyLED to Kessil A360WE
- Rocks do not look new anymore.
- Bought plants from some members and got snails.
I have had plants melt, like 100%. It was very frustrating. I am convinced that emmersed grown plants are much more likely to melt and high CO2 levels can help this. However, I have had plants that were grown regularly melt to. Shipped plants seem to fall inbetween, more fragile than local but better than emmersed.
Rocks are a bit of a pain to clean but a tooth brush goes a long way. It can be hard to really go out them without moving them but more than one round is easier, just lightly a few times and they will look great, assuming algae isn't really bad and stuck on. A toothbrush will still work, it's just more likely you will move them if you brush them hard.
For snails, IMO, it's almost impossible to not get them in the long run. However, running really high CO2 will give you a snail grave yard and get rid of all or most. Even if a few survive, they probably won't repopulate well once you go back to normal, but high levels of CO2 that fish can handle. In my experience, I usually will get rid of them all, or get one or two that grow huge but don't see small ones. If you are not stocked yet, it is an effective way to curb the population, and you can then manually remove the ones that can handle super high CO2. Manually remove what survives.
Good luck, top notch setup here.