Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Purcellville, VA
I actually bought a dozen MTS because I wanted to keep my substrate cleaner and I always heard they would do that, keep it aerated and also eating left over scraps and poo. In the 4 months I've had my 10 gallon tank going, I've not once siphoned the gravel bed. I just do regular water and filter changes. I actually have 4 varieties of snails in the 10 gallon (guppy nursery tank); MTS, 1 volunteer pond snail, 2 mystery snails, and 2 ramshorn snails. They don't pose one single problem with me, in fact they are what I consider to be my sanitation department and help keep the tank cleaner, IMHO.
In my 20 gallon long tank I have no idea how many MTS I have. I have read so many seemingly horror stories of them taking a tank over. While I have seen a small population of new very small snails, after all these months they are still not out of control. In fact I hardly ever see them.
I have heard that the populations will explode if overfeeding, so I don't really get why I haven't experienced this "plague of snails" because I really do give my water critters a lot of food every day.
I've actually grown quite fond of my snails. I even ordered some Orange Poso Rabbit Snails from Bob's and I can't wait for them to arrive.
P.S. I've tried putting a piece of organic romaine lettuce in the tank overnight just to assess my numbers but that trick doesn't seem to work for me. All I have is soggy lettuce in the morning and no snails of any kind.