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Changing substrate - how do I save MTS?

One of my tanks currently has a mix of sharp quartz and larger pebbles as the substrate which I would like to switch to sand.

How do I retain the MTS currently living in my tank without trying to pick them out one at a time?

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That's going to be difficult Carl. You could try to put some into a bucket, and spin it around, the lighter snails should collect on top, in the center -- maybe?

Snails propagate very quickly. So if you collect a few, like 10 or so, and add them to the new substrate, in a few months they will be back to large quantities.


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When I upgraded to a larger tank I wanted to take some of the MTSs and transfer them over. I didn't want to keep the substrate so I left a little water in the old tank, about 2-3 inches and every day I would pick out the ones that would come to the top of the gravel and hang out around the water line. I managed to collect quite a few by doing that. So it might be worth while to put your substrate into a bucket, fill with some water and every day or so pick out the ones that make it to the top.

I am amazed at how tough those snails are. Once I was satisfied with the amount I had collected, I moved my bucket outside, poured the water on my tomato plants, and left the rocks to dry. Well I guess there was just enough moisture at the bottom because one month later I went to reuse some of the rocks in a new 10 gallon tank and low and behold there were tons of snails in the bottom hanging out. Now I have them in my new tank!
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Try putting some food such as an algae wafer at the bottom of your tank after the lights are out... then after awhile check the wafer and there should be a bunch of snails all around it to eat. This would work even better once the plants and fish are out of the tank. Good Luck!
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