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Old 08-05-2004, 08:41 PM   #1
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Went to the local river and collected about 100 MTS look-alikes. You can barely see it, but there's a pile of the rest of em in the middle. Oh yeah, this is my 20g w/ 110 watts from AHSUPPLY. I transported it 1000 miles last month to its new home.

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Old 08-05-2004, 10:13 PM   #2
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I have visions of those things having a massive smorgasboard on your flora. Also, that is a LOT of bioload for a 20.

Why did you decide to put that many snails in there?
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Old 08-05-2004, 10:40 PM   #3
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Poor fish probably think they are under some kind of alien attack. :P
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Old 08-05-2004, 10:46 PM   #4
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Yeah, if those snails eat plants.. Kiss the plants goodbye. They will lay sooo many eggs.. Oh my god!
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Old 08-06-2004, 02:42 AM   #5
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Why would you want so many snails?
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Old 08-06-2004, 03:32 AM   #6
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That looks like a haven for loaches or puffers. I don't think I've ever seen a tank with so many snails in it, even at the lfs.
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Old 08-06-2004, 02:42 PM   #7
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That looks like a haven for loaches or puffers. I don't think I've ever seen a tank with so many snails in it, even at the lfs.
I'd say you don't have MTS then.

My 20 has to number in 4 figures at this point.
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Old 08-06-2004, 08:24 PM   #8
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Well. Actually, some guy saw me collecting a few snails and came back with a cup full of them. I didn't have the heart to throw them *all* out. I already had MTS, but they were light brown w/ spots. These buggers are dark brown. They dig, but I don't know if they're MTS or not. They don't seem to mind the lights nearly as much.

They haven't touched the plants yet. I see them hanging off of the plants, but they haven't put any holes or anything yet. Occassionally, I'll pluck off the ones on the glass to thin them down.

I don't really seem to notice a difference with or without them. Go figure. The puffer seemed pretty happy to have so many things to bite at. Once I start seeing babies, I'll probably start thinning them out hardcore.
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Old 08-06-2004, 09:36 PM   #9
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I don't like snails, even if they're those MTS. Their body looks pretty thick for MTS
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Old 08-06-2004, 09:45 PM   #10
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MTS - Malaysian Trumpet Snail...you are in LA, I highly doubt they are MTS, plus they look too big IMO.
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Old 08-06-2004, 10:03 PM   #11
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hehe cool pic
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Old 08-06-2004, 10:16 PM   #12
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From an article at CentralPets.com

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...will usually reach three fourths to one inch at adulthood... They are the only freshwater snail that has a tower shaped shell... This species has been introduced to many locations around the world....in the Gulf of Mexico...
Sounds like ya got yourself some MTS.
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Sounds like I am wrong. Sorry.
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Old 08-06-2004, 10:35 PM   #14
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Hey, I didn't know either! I'm sure I'd heard somewhere that there was a "fake MTS". After your post above, I got curious and decided to see how you tell the difference. Google is a wonderful thing.
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Old 08-06-2004, 10:42 PM   #15
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The biologist side of me finds it difficult to accept the statement that there is only one freshwater snail with a shell of that shape...plus the Gulf of Mexico is SW, so are MTSs osmoregulators, if they can live in both SW and FW?

Also to the OP, are these things diggin in during the day and coming out at night?
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