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  1. I saw this on my youtube feed and thought how cool they look - congrats Shell! I wish I could have nerites again, theyre great tankmates, but I cant mix them with my assassin snails sadly !
  2. MTS are not hemaphroditic, but females are capable of asexual reproduction, so if your lone snail is female theres a good chance it will multiply on its own. Im not sure if theres a good way to tell genders apart. Personally these guys did overrun some tanks of mine and I also found they ate some tender plants like watersprite. However those tanks were tropical and so the warmer temp wouldve greatly increased their metabolism (as it does with inverts) and reproductive rates. By most accounts here if theyre in a GF tank then theyre pretty amiable tankmates.
  3. I have kept both and my opinion is that cherries are generally more community friendly - amano shrimp are pretty greedy and will grab and claim food competitively while cherries are much more laid back. Cherries are also more high impact visually and will reproduce (amanos will not). Amano shrimp are famous for being used in planted tanks but they wont really remove algae (no shrimp really will) they just slow it/reduce new algae forming by their constant grazing action. The best thing about Amanos is theyre almost indestructable in my experience where as Cherries can be more sensitive to nitrate buildups etc.
  4. Im not sure really, I would think non-toxic marker better than tape but thats a total guess. Maybe you could mark them with lines of aquarium silicone instead? then youd know its safe?
  5. I totally didnt notice the start date of the thread sorry my bad! I just replied when it jumped up into my content feed.
  6. I have had it in some tanks no problem and others it shed and eventually died. To me it seemed like it prefers stiller waters, it never did well in tanks with big filtration and watercurrent, since you must be running decent strength filters for the GF maybe thats a reason?
  7. I think it looks like a ribbon plant (the variegated one) and two peace lillies, neither are true aquatic plants but both can be grown with roots in water and leaves/stems above the surface (ie a filterbox setup)
  8. Yeah make sure you use the shutoff valves before you open it, I am guilty of forgetting and flooding my house a bit too!
  9. @Helen: ROFL!! The tanks and fishes all look amazing Alex! I love that brown Oranda! Dash is looking super cute as always, too :]
  10. I kept nerites with bettas no problem, as FTF said they hardly have any body exposed from the shell (not like an apple snail does) so they are well protected from small fish like bettas. They are tidal snails (can briefly leave water) so there is a chance theyd escape, some sort of cover/hood is best just to be sure. They seemed to me to focus more on grazing the glass and decor than the substrate but that isnt to say theyre incapable of doing that. Mine all lived for around 2-3 years after purchase. Ps. I think in smaller tanks its best to look at getting the Horned Nerite variety as the others get large and may quickly outgraze the tank, though its always required to supliment their diet as FTF also mentioned.
  11. oh wow, I checked these guys a few weeks ago and it was empty, theyve been around a while but they mustve just done a huge update on the site, looks good!
  12. They also grow (and so shed) more the higher the temp gets. You can usually tell if its a molt because it will be split widthways right behind the ''head'' section where the shrimp pushes itself out of the old skin, which saves some panic ^-^ (especially since they tend to hide right after shedding until their new shell hardens, making it seem even more like they might have died). Remember its good to leave the shed skin in the tank because the shrimps will eat it to get calcium and minerals back.
  13. If youre patient enough you can just qt them with daily wcs & rinses for a few weeks like you would snails or shrimp, as the danger is just from transporting disease on them/in their water, you could salt at a mild level for the first few days with most plants too. Other methods are quicker but delicate plants might be better just isolated in a tub with lighting.
  14. Is there any chance that you did not remember to add prime/conditioner to the water when you did your recent wcs?
  15. They all look wonderful I love the tail on the big red Ryu <3
  16. The arrow on a check (or non-return) valve usually points towards the output end, so itd be pointing away from the pump and into the tank. If you already have it the right way but this still happens then it might be worth buying a new valve, because theyre not supposed to allow water through them the other way even if the tubing floods.
  17. They look like a really good batch of stems, best of luck with them!
  18. They all look great! Peanut is soo nice and red! I love your plants, too! Do you use CO2? What substrate is it? I feel I should already know this lol. Your crypts look especially perfect
  19. They look very happy and healthy ^~^
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