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anybody know any good plants for a 30 gallon tank that have fish in it and breeding angels besides amazon swords, and does anybody know if its normal for all the pet stores around me to have snails in ther plant tanks b/c I don't want to get baby snails on a live plant becouse they infest my tank ???
 

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If you have basic lighting over your tank, then I would suggest some low light plants. Here's a great link on low light plants:



It is very common to have snails hitch hike on your plants when you buy them. You can soak your plants in a bleach bath before you put them in your tank to kill the snails and any eggs on the plants. I will have to get back to you on the bleach water ratio though, and how long to soak the plants.
 
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thnks I apreciate it my grandpa had 3 30 gallon tanks and I took one and my aunt took 2 but unfortunatly I had to take the one with snails so I had to get new everything and clean it real good b/c he got a amazon sword plant with snails on it and they took over I don't want that to happen again b/c I forot to get a new filter and they were in it and I had to kill them adn it was a huge pain. I know amazon sword plants are good and he had some other plants I think were called brown wendis or something like that I would like to get those but I'm not sure
 

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Probably Bronze Wendtii, they are Cryptocornes popularly know as "Crypts"
They make very nice additions to your tank.
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do u know wat the water and bleach ratio is b/c I would like to try that

I really don't want any more snails thnks
 

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I believe the ratio is 19:1. 19 parts water: 1 bleach
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would any bleach work and how long would you have to soak it and would it kill any essential things on the plant
 

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You don't soak them very long. I don't think I'd go longer than a minute. Your plants may look puny after doing this, but they should come back.
 
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I just soaked a crypt plant in a bleach and water bath for 30 secs and it looks fine ill tell u how it does later

theres a guy at my pet store that says clown loaches only grow about 4-5 inches and are great snail eaters wat do u know about that I thought they can get a little over a foot thnks
 
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I called up RMS a pet store by me that specializes in fish and they said that a bleach bath words long as the bleach ratio is extremely low b/c it will kill the plant
 

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You want to use a bleach without any kinds of additives.
Generally this means find the cheapest bleach you can find.

I beg to differ on clown loach size, they get over a foot. As well, it is best not to buy fish to fix a temporary problem.
What do you do with the loaches once the snails are gone?

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I beg to differ also my clowns grew to over 6 inches the first year I had them and the will eventually get to over a foot.
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well day 2 and the plant looks good and no snails long as this works I will slowly change my tank to heavily planted thnaks everybody
 
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sry I haven't been on between school and the computer screwing up I haven't been on but so far no snaials and the plant is doing great thnks for the help everybody anybody know anything bout java moss or xmas moss il probly get some of that soon
 

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Glad the bath worked for teh snails I love my Java Moss but be fair warned it goes just everywhere. ;D
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that's ok that itl go everywhere I hav a lot of rocks and caves and they would look good with some green on thme and id like to get some easy plants right now since I'm kinda new at keeping plants and hopfully the bath worked b/c ther may not of even been snails on it I'm not sure but thnks and do u know anything bout aquatic flowers?
 

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Its usually really hard to get aquatic plants to flower. When they do they tend to shoot their flowers above the water line. Check this out.

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does anyone know of any stores in US that sell live plants? I SOOOOOO want to get some but I don't know of any places that have them! does walmart have them? (they would only be a last resort...) anyone know if petsmart/petco has them? UG! I WANT SOME REAL PLANTS-THEY ARE SO PRETTY...
 
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petsmart might but I don't hav one near me but a RMS has them I don't hink any of those r by u and a city pet store is where I get mine uesed to be RMS the petsupermarket by me doesn't sell them and pet supplies plus by me I don't buy from b/c they don't take care of them wat petstores are by u??
 

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Petsmart has live plants but you have to be careful because sometimes they sell plants that are not aquatic.
Once in a while off-ice atplant geek has some for sale.
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