Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Ontario, Canada
Need some help replenishing the water, but with what?!
Not sure where to put this as it could of gone in substrate or ferts. Basically I am having issues with my snails and thus I feel its effecting my plants to some degree too.
A little background. Tank is 9 months old, using Safe-T-Sorb as substrate. I have had issues with MTS and rams horn snails since the beginning. The rams horn snail shells go white in the centre and keep getting worse, spreading further and further out. My MTS have a similar issue where the tip of the shell is eroding away, white, and stumpy.
At the beginning, the tank ph was dropping significantly compared to the tap. I have read this is due to the substrate absorbing the carbonates, plus I have a lot of driftwood in there too. Tap ph has always stayed around 7.4-7.6, i have done many many tests. Tank ph at the beginning was going as low as 6.4-6.6. The tank ph has been that way for a long time and only more recently is it back to matching the tap.
As of this morning I did 8 tests, 4 on tap and 4 on tank and compared. All of them were identical, if there was a difference it was too small to even notice. With that said my snails are still not looking good.
Another bit of info. A few months ago I had a complete or what I though was a complete wipeout of almost 90% of the snails (estimating, maybe not that much). Mostly MTS was all dead on the surface of the substrate. Every single shell was pretty much eroded. All the shells are still in the tank just breaking down fairly quickly.
I should also mention that I still see a bit of curling in my plant leaves, but this could just be normal. Its not with all plants, mostly some crypts and anubias. Some val nana too.
So on to my question; I am sure I need to add something to my water to help my snails and possible help my plants but I am not sure what to add. My main concern is for my fish and then plants and finally snails. Is there something I can do? I would think because ph is now stable with tap that maybe the safe-t-sorb isn't having the same effect on the water it once was. Yet my snail shells are still the same. Maybe not as bad as before but still a problem as they are not perfectly healthy as I would like.
Let me know what you guys think I should do, if anything at all. I just don't want to mess anything up or have to be adding some rediculous amount of stuff to resolve this.
Thanks in advanced
75 Gallon Low Tech w/ Green Terror Pair