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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-13-2020, 01:01 AM Thread Starter
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When to add the clean up crew?

Hi, I have just setup another aquascape after my Betta jumped out of the tank the other night and am planning on the following schedule for setup:

Week 1: Plant (Tropica easy category + Tropica Powder Soil) and change water 50% every day
Week 2: Change 50% water every other day
Week 3: Change 50% water 3 times this week
Week 4: Test water, change 50%, if water ok add Yellow Golden Back shrimp

Now I had planned to add 6 snails and a pair of Otocinclus Catfish as a clean up crew, but intend to add the Catfish after the shrimp. The snails however I was planning on adding in week 3, since I've heard it's best to get the cleanup crew in early.

Would this be ok, or does the water have to be perfect before even adding the snails?

Many thanks for any input.
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Hi, I have just setup another aquascape after my Betta jumped out of the tank the other night and am planning on the following schedule for setup:

Week 1: Plant (Tropica easy category + Tropica Powder Soil) and change water 50% every day
Week 2: Change 50% water every other day
Week 3: Change 50% water 3 times this week
Week 4: Test water, change 50%, if water ok add Yellow Golden Back shrimp

Now I had planned to add 6 snails and a pair of Otocinclus Catfish as a clean up crew, but intend to add the Catfish after the shrimp. The snails however I was planning on adding in week 3, since I've heard it's best to get the cleanup crew in early.

Would this be ok, or does the water have to be perfect before even adding the snails?

Many thanks for any input.
Can you give some more details, how big is your tank, etc.....
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Once your tank is fully cycled, you can add any of the fauna. I would focus upon ensuring that before adding fauna. However, having said that, snails are able to withstand the various nitrogen components far better than fish or shrimp. It is likely that your snails would survive and having snails actively consuming the biofilm on the surfaces of things in your tank will help prevent algae formation. IMO, you can add snails at any time.

Incidentally; I never had a jumping Betta and didn't even know they would do that ...interesting.
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