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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-20-2013, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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How often should I be washing off my plants, substrate, and ornaments?

I was just curious about this, because I haven't done so in at least two weeks and didn't know about the rules.
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What do you mean by that? You should never wash your substrate because chlorine kills off any beneficial bacteria. As for plants, there is no need unless there is an algae problem. Brush ornaments using a tooth brush, no need for washing it.
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Thanks for answering my question!!!
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when doing water changes once a week, it helps to 'fluff' the plants. just sort of gently tap against stem plants with your hand, wiggle your fingers around the tank to lossen up mulm and debris, get it kicked up in the water column, then do your water change will will remove most of it, then whats still floating in the water column will go through the filter.


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Get snails. No cleaning to do.

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GStitch, it's a 2.5 gallon tank.

Snails would be overcrowding the tank.
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If you have live plants you are bound to have snails sooner or later. Pest snails are fine as long as you don't over feed.


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Mott: Why does it sound like there is no choice in the matter?
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Don't forget to give your fish a bath every week, too!
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Mott: Why does it sound like there is no choice in the matter?
There is a choice but if your lazy like me and don't want to clean new plants they always seem to show up, never bothered me as they are part of the ecosystem and do help clean some.


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A few ramshorns in a 2.5 are fine. Remember, they grow to the capacity of the food supply, at which point their population becomes self regulating.

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Washing your substrate is a no no unless you plan on redoing your tank.
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I think having a snail inside the aquarium would be cool, but I have a feeling my Betta would totally destroy it.
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I think having a snail inside the aquarium would be cool, but I have a feeling my Betta would totally destroy it.
It depends, I had a Betta with shrimp and snails, never bothered the snails. he tried to eat the shrimp every once and a while but he was never fast enough lol, poor bugger looked so frustrated when he couldn't get em!


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Yea, but wouldn't adding anything in there be overcrowding for a 2.5 gallon tank?
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