What subtrate should I use when I setup my new tank?

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Re: What subtrate should I use when I setup my new tank?

Post by loach_mommy2012 » Sat Jan 28, 2012 10:22 pm

I've never heard of a rabbit snail. Got any pictures? lol Does it hop and have a fluffy tail? Just kidding.
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Re: What subtrate should I use when I setup my new tank?

Post by starsplitter7 » Sat Jan 28, 2012 10:36 pm

The tan one is the one I have exactly. http://aqualandpetsplus.com/Bug,%20Snai ... Rabbit.htm

They look like a rabbit face with ears. Mine's called a chocolate. :)

Here's how cool these snails can be. http://www.garfishindo.com/snail.html

An orange one can be $12+.

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Re: What subtrate should I use when I setup my new tank?

Post by ClownLoachSharky » Sun Jan 29, 2012 1:27 am

yea ive got a little 6 gallon which is a bugge to clean. ive thought of snails as australia has some awesome native ones but just the thought of dipping my hand to get to a plant etc and touching one of those slimey buggers makes me shiver. so no snails for me!
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Re: What subtrate should I use when I setup my new tank?

Post by starsplitter7 » Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:03 pm

I love snails. As a little kid my mom hated cleaning out the pockets of my clothing because they would be filled with snails (the shelled ones) and other things.

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Re: What subtrate should I use when I setup my new tank?

Post by Diana » Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:26 pm

To vacuum deeper into the sand without sucking it up use the style of gravel vac that has an oval intake. (not round).
Hold it at an angle and allow only half of the intake to go into the sand. Then drag it backwards, do not push into the sand.
Go slow, allowing the sand to fall around the gravel vac.
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Re: What subtrate should I use when I setup my new tank?

Post by ClownLoachSharky » Mon Jan 30, 2012 6:03 pm

starsplitter7 wrote:I love snails. As a little kid my mom hated cleaning out the pockets of my clothing because they would be filled with snails (the shelled ones) and other things.
Wow i would go hugging cats and dogs when i was a baby but never dare to touch a snail.

And ive never heard of that vacuum diana
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Re: What subtrate should I use when I setup my new tank?

Post by NancyD » Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:01 pm

I used a smaller round gravel vac with pool sand in smaller tanks. My technique was to push the vac straight down & very quickly pull it up to let the sand fall. My sand was 2 inches deep at most, 20 grit (or mesh) sized sand. For finer pool sand or larger tanks I used Diana's vacuuming style.
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