extracting Malaysian trumpets
I am going to be breaking down my 20g high tank to replace the
substrate. I have been having rather persistent problems with crypts in
this tank and I feel I have little choice. Thanks to some advice I
received on this list, I stepped up my water changes and reduced the
nitrate levels in the tank to about 10-20ppm (thanks, Karen), but the
improvement was only short term, and the crypts are melting again.
So, I want to replace the gravel with a sand/laterite mix, and I want to
take the Malaysian trumpet snails that are currently in the tank into the
new tank with the other living contents. How can I get them out of the
gravel? I have an idea which is to place the gravel in a bucket with
enough Miracle-Gro to bring the nitrates up to about 60ppm, thus forcing
the snails up where I can get at them. This doesn't sound particularly
elegant, and I was wondering if anyone had any better ideas.
Thanks in advance,