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Old 07-26-2020, 08:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all! I feel like posting about my tank today here on our beloved forum. Last Friday marks the 5 Weeks milestone of my tank and they are growing really great and I started to enjoy it very much I can sit hours in front of my tank even though the starting condition is far from ideal. Really soft water, unknown soil, thin substrate, unknown lighting strength and all but everything is going great now all thanks to this kind and supportive forum. I couldn't have done well if not for this forum, thank you!
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Your tank looks good to me! And, it is very nice to hear that we have helped fellow hobbyists.
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Hello all! I feel like posting about my tank today here on our beloved forum. Last Friday marks the 5 Weeks milestone of my tank and they are growing really great and I started to enjoy it very much I can sit hours in front of my tank even though the starting condition is far from ideal. Really soft water, unknown soil, thin substrate, unknown lighting strength and all but everything is going great now all thanks to this kind and supportive forum. I couldn't have done well if not for this forum, thank you!
How pretty! I have a question for you - do your snails chew on the duckweed?
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Not OP, but I also have snails (bladder and MTS) and duckweed (and salvinia). I don't notice the snails eating the floaters, although they do hang out up there sometimes - perhaps eating the dying ones. If they have been eating them, they've certainly not been able to keep up with the rate of growth of the plants.
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How pretty! I have a question for you - do your snails chew on the duckweed?
Similar answer to jatcar95's. There sure are a lot of them hanging on the Duckweed but I didn't notice them eating it. The red cherry does seems to graze on them though.

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Similar answer to jatcar95's. There sure are a lot of them hanging on the Duckweed but I didn't notice them eating it. The red cherry does seems to graze on them though.
They may just be eating biofilm off the roots. My shrimp and snails seem to do that without actually eating the plant itself.
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They may just be eating biofilm off the roots. My shrimp and snails seem to do that without actually eating the plant itself.
Well good for them then! I don't mind really if they're actually eating the plants as the Duckweed spreads like crazy!

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Thanks everyone. I was just curious, as they definitely enjoy the red root floaters in my tank. They definitely eat them and love the roots especially. I agree about duckweed spreading. I had some when I had non-planted tanks and HOB filters, and I grew to really dislike duckweed, as it got into everything - meaning filters, etc. It's pretty, though, and not picky about water quality.
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I agree about duckweed spreading. I had some when I had non-planted tanks and HOB filters, and I grew to really dislike duckweed, as it got into everything - meaning filters, etc. It's pretty, though, and not picky about water quality.
It certainly makes water changes a little more interesting(challenging)! I do have a sponge pre-filter on the filter intake, so it just gets stuck on that instead of getting sucked up if/when it gets thrown around the tank.
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It certainly makes water changes a little more interesting(challenging)! I do have a sponge pre-filter on the filter intake, so it just gets stuck on that instead of getting sucked up if/when it gets thrown around the tank.
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