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I had t thought about the snails and pests actually. I was just curious as to which plant was healthier if there was a difference. I got my Anubias from a tank and so far so good. Bleach dip?!?! Wouldn't that kill the plant and fish?justinmo said:It's your preference, the plants in gel or tubes will be free of any pests and snails while the ones in fish tanks won't be. You could do a bleach dip for the fish tank plants if you're worried.
Be careful though, the snails you can get from store tanks are definitely not the kinds you deliberately buy. The ones people buy are usually nerites or apple snails. The ones that come on plants are tiny pest snails and reproduce like rabbits. I found one once in my tank and got rid of it immediately, luckily it hadn't laid any eggs yet. Some people like pest snails but most people spend lots of time trying to get rid of them.jenmur said:
Perhaps, but they're pretty small, and it'd be very hard to see any eggs. If you want to avoid snails you can buy tissue cultured plants, which are grown in sterile conditions. Or do a bleach dip.jenmur said:TexasDomer. They sell plants online too! Wow! Is there any gaurentee that I will get the plant or is it like eBay to the highest bidder?
-Mak- I don't want a bunch of snails. Would I see any pest snails in the tank if the plants had any? I have seen a few plants I want at my LFS but not local pet stores like Petco.
cmarsh55. No pests, maybe a couple nirites. I have seen Java fern and Anubias in the pods but not any other plant I want.
How does one do a bleach dip? I haven't seen any snails in any tanks that aren't supposed to have them before.-Mak- said:Perhaps, but they're pretty small, and it'd be very hard to see any eggs. If you want to avoid snails you can buy tissue cultured plants, which are grown in sterile conditions. Or do a bleach dip.
Just means more things in tank that I can practice catching . Hehee. I've heard of people squishing them on the walls of the tank and leaving them there for their fish.TexasDomer said:Snails aren't as bad as many people make them out to be. I have no trouble picking snails out of my tank to keep the population low. If you do get some, it's not the end of the world (or your tank!).
Getting a clown loach which will need a 150 gal in the future to get snails does not sound like a good solution. At least for most of us mortals.BuddyD said:I bought live plants from a local shop and before I knew it I had a snail infestation. Bought a Clown Loach and in a short time all the snail eggs and small snails were gone. The bigger snails I catch when they are on the top of the front glass and remove them. Hail the Clown Loach! Also interesting is the gold dojo loach also known as the weather loach. When Dojo is resting on top of the floating live plants, he/she lets me pet them.