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Snails in Aquarium tanks

Snails in Aquarium tanks

There has been lots of information put out there about aquatic snail, some of which is total cods-wallop so I thought I would try and give a bit of information that is true so you now know the trust. Snails in Aquarium tanks are inevitable, and it’s the way it goes when you keep aquarium plants. Snails are a part of nature and will be found almost everywhere on earth. Although we try and be snail free with our aquarium plants as we keep them hydroponically (so the leaves outside of the water), being 100% snail free is impossible (unless you go for Tissue culture pots which you can find here ). Tissue culture plants are grown in a laboratory and as a result there are no bugs or snails anywhere! That is the only way to have 100% free snail tank. Below is an example of a tissue culture plant.

Snails in Aquarium tanks
tissue culture aquarium plant

If you do find that you have snails in your tank, you don’t need to worry about removing everything and decontaminating each plant. There is a simple answer. Stop putting so much food in your tank. You see Snails in Aquarium tanks are normal, so don’t stress! Snails live on the extra food laying around at the bottom of the tank. If you feed your fish slightly less than what they need then they will eat everything from from the bottom of the tank and the snails will go hungry and die – it’s really as simple as that. Anyone who ever moans about having lots of snails, means they are massively over feeding their tank and putting their water quality at risk. I’ve had Snails in Aquarium tanks many times before and a small tweak of the food and they disappear. No gadgets, no tricks.

Mastering a minimalist planted aquarium

My good friend George Farmer has demonstrated just how you create a planted aquarium with just one pot of Micranthemum ‘Monte-Carlo’. This is no easy task and unless you have A LOT of experience, do not try this at home. I always recommend a high plant mass from the beginning for creating balance, but if you know what you are doing, you can experiment.

Here George mentions why he thinks this tank has been successful:

  1. Controllable LED lighting – without which it would be too easy to have too much light
  2. Super (and already mature) filtration with lots of Purigen – mature bio-media and chemical media result in zero ammonia spikes and low organic waste
  3. Time to do water changes every other day – lots of water changes help prevent algae by diluting organic waste
  4. Large shrimp population – constantly cleaning all surface inside tank to prevent algae
  5. Low fish population – less organic waste = less algae
  6. RO water – I find I need less CO2 compared with hard tap water, and there’s other anecdotal benefits
  7. Active soil – high nutrient content, ideal grain structure, and stable low pH to encourage root growth

So take note, replicate, rinse and repeat. Do as George says and you shouldn’t go far wrong.

Can Tropica 1-2 grow plants stay in pot indefinitely?

No is the short answer to this and the reason for it is very simple.

They are grown in a nutrient rich jelly that has a shelf life like anything in this world. Typically, the faster the plant grows, the less time it can stay in the jellied pot. So plants such as mosses which grow very slowly can stay in their pots for probably a few months and if you pop them in the fridge, they will last even longer – but the fridge really needs a light in for them to survive for the longest amount of time.

Plants which grow quicker such as Glossostigma can’t live in the pots for that long as they’re fast growers. Incidentally in the summer they grow really fast even with little light so the amount of time the plant can stay in the pot for is relatively short. This can make it difficult for retailers as if they’re not sold in time, they have to be binned (ouch £££).

You can tell if the plant has been in the pot for too long as it begins to die off or go and a pale green colour – a bit like it’s dehydrated. It will be limp and probably smell funny when you lift the lid off.

But either way these Tropica 1-2-grow! plants are excellent and there’s just something very cool looking at a plant that has been grown in a lab. In addtion when you buy 1-2-grow! plants from us, you only ever receive super fresh plants as we never send out anything less than 100%.

See the range here.

This mistake cost me £23,525.89

Only joking but I did lose money. What am I talking about? Tropica 1-2-Grow! plants. Now I’ve been tweeting about this and a good friend of mine who runs APFUK knows about this too (check out his excellent website). But I wanted to share the love as they say and pass on this information. I’m probably helping out my rivals here but what goes around comes around…

If you receive your 1-2-Grow! plants and you’re not ready to plant them, you might be wondering what you can do with them to keep them fresh. I wasn’t sure and just left them on the shelf with some other dry goods. Some of them were perfect and stayed in great shape. Others didn’t do very well which was slightly depressing (especially in the heat). You see if plants are not in 100% health, they’re not sent. So yes we do lose money and I did lose a few bob on the 1-2-Grow! plants. Rather than just take the loss, I had to find out more. A short email to Claus at Tropica and he suggested I should put them in the fridge. Cool heh.

nice fridge…

So that’s what we do. My loss rate on them has dramatically gone down. One species in particular doesn’t seem too keen on it but the rest are A OK. So next time you’re wondering what shall I do with my Tropica 1-2-Grow! plants, stick em in the fridge.

Tropica 1-2 Grow Aquarium Plants

We can pretty much guarantee you have never seen anything like this before. The new style plants from Tropica which are guaranteed no algae, no snails and no pesticides. So how do they do it?

Tropica grow their plants in a special gel and this contains everything they need from a very early stage. The major benefit of these plants is that they do not need to be stored in water so from a retailers point of view, they are ideal (no deterioration) and from a consumers point of view, they arrive in perfect Tropica style condition.

We’re currently stocking the entire range available from Tropica. If you’re after stem plants, consider Tropica 1-2 Grow Alternanthera reineckii ‘Purple’ and if you’re after a low growing foreground plant consider Tropica 1-2 Grow Glossostigma elatinoides.

For a limited time only we’re offering these amazing plants at a discounted rate. Buy 2 or more and get a 10% discount at the check out by using the following code 1-2grow.