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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-28-2011, 01:17 AM Thread Starter
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How to salvage a tank?

Here's the deal:

I have a planted tank (well, kind of) and it's driving me nuts. I have 3" of Aqua Soil and I really like the looks of the stuff. I put in some plants a month ago and now I have snails. A week ago I started getting worms in the tank too. A bit of algae as well.

It's pissing me off.

I don't have any fish. I was going to add them after the plants took hold.

Now I want to rip out the plants, the CO2, etc and just go with fish.


How does Aqua Soil work with fish only... I can't use a Python because that kicks up silt. Do I just let the poop sit there?

How do I get rid of the algae (it's just starting... I added something from Tetra and it worked pretty well to kill it)?

What should I do with the soil and stuff? Dry it out to kill everything or just let it sit in tap water to kill the worms and stuff?

ANY insight would be appreciated!
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-28-2011, 03:15 AM
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Slow down.

What kind of snails, worms, and algae? Can you ID from pictures here and around the 'net, or post pictures and/or descriptions if you can't ID them?

Some types of algae are normal for new tanks, and disappear on their own. Others indicate a problem with your tank setup; which is a useful indicator, not just a nuisance.

Some types of worms are fish food and will disappear when you add fish.

Most types of snails are actually beneficial, although some reproduce to nuisance levels. There are mechanical, biological, and chemical ways to control or eliminate them.

Planted tanks are challenging and require problem solving skills. If that doesn't fit with your lifestyle or goals, perhaps a fish-only tank is the right choice.

Otherwise, address each problem individually. Each problem is a necessary learning experience and stepping stone to being successful. If you just give up and nuke your tank, you'll learn nothing.
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Originally Posted by darkcobra View Post
slow down.
If you just give up and nuke your tank, you'll learn nothing.
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