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MTS & Malaysian Trumpet Snails

So I have only seen one reference to keeping Malaysian Trumpet Snails with a MTS substrate. Is having burrowing snails going to cause a huge mess with the soil under-layer?
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I have quite a number of MTS (I'm guessing 100 snails) and a couple small clams in a tank with a soil underlayer and sand upper. I just used Miracle Gro Organic Choice, but same idea I think. They must burrow as they are all generally invisible during the day, but either they stay in the sand or they move up slowly enough that they don't drag the mud with them.

I haven't seen any issues yet, nor does it appear the layers have mixed. Tank has been running for a little over 6 months. The sand is about 3/4" deep over most of the tank.
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they typically only burrow 1/2" to 1" just make your sand cap 1.5" and your golden

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Ok that is what I thought, but I wanted to check with the community before doing it.

I started mineralizing the soil yesterday. So I'm still a ways off from doing the tank.
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I wonder if they really look for food underground or just hide there until nighttime.
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i wonder if they really look for food underground or just hide there until nighttime.
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They do create a mess IME. But they do keep the gas pockets from getting to big, which make a huge mess if not taken care of.
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I think they stay above the dirt in my tanks.
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I have tons of MTS in my tank (sand/gravel over soil) and haven't had any problems.
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