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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-30-2007, 09:24 AM Thread Starter
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Question Malaysian trumpet snails

Just wondering if anyone uses Malaysian Trumpet Snails for their sand sifting/clean up crew properties. i am toying with the idea but wondering if they will distrub my substrate too much and be more problematic than beneficial.
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I had a colony of them for years. Personally, I wouldn't waste my time with them. I think that they contributed more waste to the tank then actual beneficial help.

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I have a colony myself, which I keep not because they're useful, but because I find them interesting. I have not found them too useful in algae cleanup (as they're relatively small snails and sooo slow), but they did seem useful when establishing the tank, and they helped clean up a lot of the leaves that died back as my plants got established. They only seem to burrow an inch into the gravel at most, so I'm not so sure they'd eliminate dead pockets in deep sand.

As far as the snails contributing waste... most people don't feed their MTS so any waste they produce is waste that was in the tank anyway, I would assume. They just convert it to another form.

My opinion: Get them if you like them, not because you want a cleanup crew.

I should add tho, if you search for MTS on youtube, there's a great video of them eating algae off glass. I wish mine did that. Heh.
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Yeah, Personally if i were setting up any new tanks I'll make sure there's no MTS in my tanks. I have so many in my 20 gallon planted tank I'm trying to get rid of them, Introduced 2 yoyo and 2 zebra loaches and the population is thinner but still can't completely get rid of them.
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IMO the only snails of any value in a planted tank are either mystery snails or nerites. MTS are not worth using, yes they loosen the substrate but I've seen where they uproot shallow rooted plants such as vals and carpets. Also deep rooted plants such as swords have any exposed roots "attacked" by the snails, they would get in between the roots and in the crown of the plant and cause a problem with growth. Don't get them, they are hard to eradicate even with a MCPU (Mollusk Control Pices Unit). I had a dwarf puffer in the tank with them and he couldn't keep up, I would see their shells here and there but whenever i would vacuum the gravel I would always see many more...

Moral of the story, stay clear of MTS...unless you like them or don't have plants...

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