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Angry I'm tired of MTSs.

That's it. I don't want them anymore. I have a sh^t load of them everywhere. I want to get rid of them. I want to get rid of all snails period. What is the best method to get them out. I'm changing my sand to Eco Complete and I'm going to clean out all those snails. There are so many babies in there that it isn't funny.
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I love MTS. I wish I had more. Send me some!!

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Loaches of almost any kind would take care of them in short order.
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throw boiled slice of cucumber in the tank after lights out, before lights go back on, there should be tons of snails chewing on it.

get a few loaches if you can AFTER youve cleaned the tank (filter included) of MTS and changed the substrate, there might still be MTS which you can pick out by hand when lights are off. in a week or 2, you should be MTS free.
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You will need these with the Eco-complete. When I didn't have them at first the substrate would get compacted and felt like concrete in certain places. Once the Malaysian Trumpet Snails were introduced they kept the ground in check by constantly going through it like earthworms.

Try the cooked zuchinni or cucumber to get rid of some of them but I would encourage you to keep a few as they will certainly help you out.

You can even get a few bucks for them on aquabid.
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Hey deeplove!

I had the same problem about 2 weeks ago...

I can only recommend to get yourself some Pakistan loaches or similiar loaches as one of the guys above already recommended.

Now, 2 weeks after introducing these little helpful buggers.... there's NOT ONE single snail in my 4 ft tank.

This method sure beats every nasty chemical anti snail solution, especially if u have shrimp too.. (anti snail treatments contain copper which will kill shrimp too)

Hope that helps.
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Oh, I thought you were talking about Multiple tank syndrome!!

And if you were I was going to help you out there


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I've got 6 yoyo loaches, but I still have MTSs.

Truthfully, when they first invaded the tank the population absolutely exploded, and they were all over the place. Later, I got 2 more loaches (I only had 4 at the time), and I really only see them anymore if I turn on the light during the night. Every time I vacuum around the tank though, I find a million empty shells.

Good luck trying to get rid of them. Awful little buggers. I would reccommend trying the zucchini thing, since loaches haven't quite done it for me.
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I'm curious why you want to get rid of them.
I always thought of them as desirable.

I hardly ever see mine unless I disturb the substrate.
I do see a few empty shells on the surface.

I have clown loaches, but they still maintain a population.
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they're great unless you're overrun with them like I was. 3 clown loaches completely wiped them out of my tank. I now beg the fish stores for them every so often to give the loaches a treat.
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