Outdoor Patio Pond – Part 2

Some major developments here with the outdoor minipond / tote experiment. The neighborhood where my wife and I have just moved to has some strict rules about what kind of “decorations” are allowed outside the units. Anything that can be considered disruptive or unsightly. We agreed that a plastic storage bin filled with muddy water and probably mosquito larvae falls under the category of “unsightly”. However the new Amazon Frogbit seemed to be doing so well! It would be a shame to simply tear it all down… Continue reading “Outdoor Patio Pond – Part 2”

Common Ramshorn Snail – Species Profile

This common ramshorn snail is shown grazing for edibles on the leaf of an Anubias barteri var. nana.

The Common Ramshorn Snail (Planorbella trivolvis) is an omnivorous, freshwater, fully aquatic species. Like all snails, it is a mollusc of the class gastropoda  (meaning “stomach foot”). It is of the family Planorbidae. They can live for up to two years and grow to about the size of a US nickel or larger.

Care Level: “Falling off Logs” Easy
Preferred Water: pH of 7 to 8, moderately hard to hard water (70 to 90 ppm Calcium)
Temperature: 64 to 84°F (17.8 – 28.9 °C)
Maximum Size: 1″ (25.4 mm)
Lifespan: 1 to 2 years

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The Nitrogen Cycle

Nitrogen Cycle in the Freshwater Aquarium

The flow of Nitrogen (N) in an aquarium is a critical component to the health and well-being of your aquatic pets. A basic understanding of this process is a necessary part of starting a successful aquarium. There are three steps that make up the Nitrogen Cycle as it functions in the freshwater aquarium: Continue reading “The Nitrogen Cycle”