3 Novice Questions
Okay everyone, I have three things that are troubling me about one of my tanks. Here they are:
1. Is there a product on the market that is safe to use with a planted tank that will get rid of my snail problem. I'd prefer to use loaches, but I'm afraid I'd overstock the tank. Current inhabitants include 2 Bolivian Rams, 6 neons, 3 Oto cats, 3 Cory Cats all in a 10 gallon. I think I'd probobly end up with problems adding loachs so that's why I thinking of going the chemical route.
2. I purchased 5 clumps of what was labels as "Water Wysteria" at my LFS. The leaves looked nothing like Wysteria, but I liked them anyway and figured I'd go ahead and get them and try to figure out what they are later. Anyway, to make a long story short, I can't find a picture on the net that looks anything like my plants, so I went back to the LFS and questioned a different employee about the plants. He told me that they were infact Wysteria, but that they were not grown submersed. They had been cultivated above the water line and that the plant develops remakably different leaves out of water. First of all it sounds like he may be taking me for a ride, but I'm not sure. I guess my question is this "Does Wysteria really have two types of leaves depending on where it is grown?"
3. The third problem kinda relates to the first two questions. When I plant the "Wysteria" the stems slowly begin to "melt" away at the bottom section where they were planted. About a week after planting them, they turn into floating plants. I'm just kinda wondering what could be causing this. I've noticed the snails gathering about the base of these plants, so I'm not sure if they're slowly eating away at it. I've never noticed the snails eating anything other then damaged and dying plant material before though. Another thought is that maybe this isn't Wysteria at all and it is actually supposed to be a floating plant so when I plant it, the plant is "uprooting" itself. Any ideas on this would be helpful.
P.S. As soon as I get my digital camera working again I'll try posting pics of the plants in question. Thanks for any help...