Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Des Moines, Iowa, USA
I used to be a "Snailor" and was always trying to keep my ph, GH, KH as high as possible to grow my beautiful snails.
MTS are tough little suckers and they will handle 6.0 pH freshwater or 8.6 saltwater if allowed to acclimate over months. I've boiled gravel and had the little suckers survive.
You fish food has calcium in it and the fish don't use most of it. The MTS will eat the poo and get the calcium.
I never had any trouble with starving MTS.
They might get some pitting in the shells but they will still do a good job of aerating your substrate.
The first MTS I ever got is at least 8 years old now. He has been in soft, hard, and brackish tanks. The last 4 years he has been living in planted betta bowls with a pH of 6. He has outlived 2 bettas and does a good job of cleaning up after the fish. He is 1.5 inches long, half an inch thick at the operculum, weighs about 1/2 an ounce, and has the end of his spiral broken off.