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Dirt / Malayan Trumpet Snails

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I have a couple of dirt tanks going with sand cap. Do anyone use or have experience with using this snails in dirt tanks too shift the sand? I read that Walstad recomend gravel with 3-4mm size, but i dont like gravel and have used sand. Maybe those snails will be useful if using sand as cap?

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In for responses, I too am wanting to add MTS to a dirted tank with sand cap. Curious if the snails effectively mix the soil without causing the soil to breach the cap.
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I have 2 2.5 gallon dirted tanks. One has sand cap, one has gravel. They both have a large population of MTS. I have never seen them go deep enough to be in the dirt, or any sign they mix the sand and dirt. I think they stay in the gravel or sand layer. I'm not sure if it is completely true since the tanks are only 1 year old. Also I have one assassin snail in each tank, and they rarely burrow completely into the sand to the point where I can't see them.
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I was wondering the same thing. I would't mind trying a few it they only stayed a few.

I'm not new to fish or plants, but am new to planted tanks. It is fun to learn new things and plantedtank.net is a great place to do it.
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I've used MTS in tanks with MTSoil underneath sand and they were perfectly fine. They don't move soil fast enough to disturb anything. I would say that they do help, but they don't take the place of a good poke with a chopstick.

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I have MTS in both my dirt tanks with sand cap, no issues


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I've heard black worms do best for soil tanks. It's what I'll be using
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Hello!

Black Worms is not available in my local fish shops. But i have today put some MTS in both my dirt tanks, so i will see how that goes

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Malaysian Trumpets Snails...Just say NO is someone's sig.

If you plan on making it a breeding tank make sure these are not in them.
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Malaysian Trumpets Snails...Just say NO is someone's sig.

If you plan on making it a breeding tank make sure these are not in them.
Why is that, exactly? I have them in my 10 gallon tank, which houses endlers and rcs. Both breed like there's no tomorrow. Am I missing something with this?
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Why is that, exactly? I have them in my 10 gallon tank, which houses endlers and rcs. Both breed like there's no tomorrow. Am I missing something with this?
It's probably because MTS can also breed like there's no tomorrow. lol


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Well we all know that! But why would this have anything to do with breeding fish and shrimp?
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Well we all know that! But why would this have anything to do with breeding fish and shrimp?
I have no idea why... Sorry I didn't see the "If you plan on making it a breeding tank make sure these are not in them.". The one reason why I don't appreciate too many large MTS is, they uproot some of my carpeting plants.


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Alright, alright.....no need to get touchy on me. I thought maybe you knew something that i missed. And I can understand your point as to why you don't like them. I've been lucky enough to not have that happen. I can see how that would get super annoying.
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Would Malaysian Trumpet Snails work in a dirted tank with a gravel cap (1-inch of dirt covered by 1-inch of gravel)? I ask because I almost always hear of them in association with sand substrate aquariums.

As for their populations getting out of hand, perhaps an assassin snail or 2 in order to keep them in line a bit, as long as their populations are large enough to not be wiped out.

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