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What can I buy to 'clean' up the tank...

... from food the dwarf puffer isn't eating up?

Dead snails, brine shrimp and blood worms. They'll take a bite out of the snail and won't finish up because the snail is dead. They only want live food. What picky eater! I can pick the dead snail out so that's the least of my concern but there's no way to know if there's baby brine shrimp or blood worms in the gravel to pick up. I can't siphon them since it's a planted tank.

I've read that I can get assassin snail and amano shrimp but there's a chance that the puffer would eat them so it would be a waste of money since all three aren't cheap. I'm going to buy them and take a risk but are there cheaper option to risk?


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Any advice throughout my progress of setting up my 55 gallon planted dwarf puffer tank is appreciated. TIA
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Do you have a " python "?
If so, that will suck up those tiny bits.

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Siphoning gravel vac, algae scrubber, rubber gloves...


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Large turkey baster should do the trick for spot cleaning.


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Don't do the python that hooks to the faucet there's a lot of things that can go wrong and you have to dose the whole tank with conditioner not like a bucket method where you dose each bucket with a fraction of the dosing you would use, example if you symphony out 10 gallons the new temperature matched new 10 gallons you use 1 ml of prime (best water conditioner) so you would dose 2 5 gallon buckets of water with 0.5 ml each, I prefer using a bucket that easy I can dose just the right amount, and I can make sure my water hasn't cooled off while refilling. But yes to get it unheated food you symphony them out with a gravel vac, the python is probably my favorite brand I've owned but as I Mentioned I would never use the one that hooks to the sink, most of the time the snail shells are to heavy or to big to syphon up so you have to manually remove them with long handled tweezers or by hand, I don't know much about puffers but I do know they have a sharp beak but I don't know if they will bite your hand or not, if so it would be a nasty little bite for sure.

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