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Mr BrownThumb 07-09-2010 11:18 PM

Don't start nothin won't be nothin...
So I was in my lfs and i asked if i could have a couple of snails to feed my son's green spotted puffer. He gave my a handful of malaysian trumpet snails for free. I've heard horror stories of them taking over a planted tank and especially tearing up the HC carpet. true/false? urban legend? i just wanna know before i put them in my new 60. tia

penpal 07-10-2010 12:46 AM

They do breed pretty quickly but you dont really notice them. I never minded them when i had them in my old tank, but you can always just crush them if they get out of control. As for HC, mine never got torn up by them. If you are really concerned about them taking over then maybe feed your puffers something else cuz they wouldn't be able to keep them in check.

F22 07-10-2010 12:48 AM

It may ne worth it to just feed them ghost shrimp.

lauraleellbp 07-10-2010 12:48 AM

If your plants are already well rooted they should be OK, but if you just planted them they may get knocked out by the snails moving through the roots.

But IMO MTS aren't the greatest snails to feed puffers- the sharp tips on their shells could cause problems. Pond snails would be safer.

F22 07-10-2010 12:49 AM

It may ne worth it to just feed them ghost shrimp, or to culture them in a seperate tank and feed a few at a time so they never get a stronghold in the main tank.

gordonrichards 07-10-2010 03:02 AM

I started out with about 6 in my 33 gallon. Now the gravel moves with them. They help keep the substrate very clean. I remember an angelfish I had must have died. I could find nothing left of it but a tiny bit of skeleton.

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