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    Getting Rid of Snails

    No problems so far. Our tap water tends to be softer on the PH scale. Blue Plecos are reasonably hardy once acclimated, but it can be tricky to acclimate them. I used a drip method while acclimating. Then afterward I usually pay special attention to where the newly acclimated fish hang out. In...
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    Getting Rid of Snails

    It's actually a Blue Phantom but quite a green-blue. The Green Phantom tend to be more yellow green with more yellowish fins. But there's some speculation that they are really just two color variants of the same species, being that they are found in different areas of the Orinoco river. It...
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    Getting Rid of Snails

    Good to know!
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    Getting Rid of Snails

    Too bad these guys don't eat snails.... it's my 'star' tank resident for now.
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    Getting Rid of Snails

    Thanks for the responses regarding manual removal methods. I'll check out the 'trap' method and the cucumber food lure, and see how those work for me. Pretty sure a couple of people just read the title of the thread. I know snails can be beneficial, and you can control their population by...
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    Getting Rid of Snails

    My daughter had some plants in her tank that she got from the Facebook market place. One day she put a couple of tiny floater plants in my tank. Fast forward several weeks and I see a snail in my tank. Now, I'm not anti-snail and I've heard they quite beneficial to a tank. But I'm not really...
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    Blue Phantom Plecos

    From what I've read Blue & Green Phantoms shouldn't get much bigger than 8" and can do okay in a 30-ish gallon tank as long as they are the main large occupant. Of course, since they are mainly bottom fish, a longer shorter tank is better than a taller tank. Some Plecos, including the...
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    Blue Phantom Plecos

    Anyone else keeping a Blue Phantom Pleco? Pictures? Here's my guy. He's around 11 months old now, and approx 3" in length. Tank was a bit messy when I took this as I had just done a big gravel vacuum.
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    Baby Panda Cory - How Old?

    The larger Cory's are a little over six months old. Gravel's about the size of a pinky nail. The baby is probably about the size of someone's pinky distal phalanges, tip of nose to tip of tail.
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    How to feed cories appropriately?

    I use Fluval 'Bug Bites' to feed all my bottom feeders, Cory's Pleco, etc. High concertation of insect protein. They seem to love them.
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    Baby Panda Cory - How Old?

    Any Panda Cory experts out there? I have a small pack of four Panda Corys that I've had since I finished cycling my tank six months ago. Yesterday I was pleasantly surprised when this lil one showed up. Not much bigger than a large piece of gravel. Any ideas how old it might be?
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    Back After 15 Years - My New Tank

    My apologies for missing your question. This is the Fluval product they carry, and there's a variety of different ones depending on what you're trying to remove. I have a set for emergencies but have never used them before.
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