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Malysian Trumpet Snails

So I've seen a lot of hate for these little guys but I've set up this thread to pay homage to the great MTS of my tank. They clean surfaces all in my tank, they eat decaying plant matter, and they turnover the substrate so you don't get anaerobic bacteria growth and hydrogen sulfide gas. They eat fish waste too and for the most part if you don't overfeed in your tank, your mts will reach equilibrium and monitor their reproducing. They also get in all of those tiny places to clean. They're great. And most of them come out of the substrate during the night so they do all of the dirty work while you're fast asleep, a bunch of tiny workers covering every inch of your tank for you.

So now I ask if anyone else has some MTS that you like?

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I haven't had any Malaysian Trumpet Snails yet, but I don't think I would mind them. I soley would only get them for turning over the substrate though.
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I have tons of them and don't really mind them, altho I don't like seeing all of them when I get up in the middle of the night and they are everywhere!
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I haven't had any Malaysian Trumpet Snails yet, but I don't think I would mind them. I soley would only get them for turning over the substrate though.
It's really neat to see the sand moving only to know it's the little snail underneath the sand and to see out and about thouroughly cleaning your substrate. Go to any store that sells plants and in sure you'll find that some hitched a ride on some of the plants and you could always just ask for some for free

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I have them in all my tanks. If you have sand, you need MTSs in your tank.

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I have tons of them and don't really mind them, altho I don't like seeing all of them when I get up in the middle of the night and they are everywhere!
It is a bit overwhelming but they're just doing their job, cleaning that tank!

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I have them in all my tanks. If you have sand, you need MTSs in your tank.
True, although some still see them as quite the nuisance

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I love them.... until I plant a carpet.... then they become the enemy.


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I like snails as much as I like fish and plants.
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I have hundreds of them and haven't had too many problems with stem/carpeting planting (except for you, blyxa...) being uprooted. They really are my favorite snails though. Always fun to see them moving around at night.
Only problem I see with them is that if would be tough to kill them if someone wanted to get rid of them. They have survived all the newb mistakes I could possibly throw at them...
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Anybody have them with a Flourite substrate?

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I have hundreds of them and haven't had too many problems with stem/carpeting planting (except for you, blyxa...) being uprooted. They really are my favorite snails though. Always fun to see them moving around at night.
Only problem I see with them is that if would be tough to kill them if someone wanted to get rid of them. They have survived all the newb mistakes I could possibly throw at them...
In a way that's also what I think is great about them, they are ultra resilient to just about anything!

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Anybody have them with a Flourite substrate?
YES! HATE them! They do make good food for my assassin snails, though!

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I have them with flourite. They drive me crazy, make my HC carpet a non-starter, and reproduce excessively.

That is, until I threw a few assassins in with them. Suddenly everything seems to be in balance!



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I don't see why people dislike this snail so much(other than the de-carpeting of carpet plants), they're awesome at cleaning my tank. They'll only breed if the conditions are EXACTLY right. I started with 5 MTS and I kept only 5 for almost a year. Watch how much you feed the other inhabitants of the tank, feed only what they can eat in a short amount of time. Do a thorough scrub of your substrate when you do water changes getting rid of excess plant detritus and animal waste. Without a high food supply the MTS won't readily breed. Why make babies when you can barely find enough food for yourself? If you have a snail outbreak... it's probably your fault.
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