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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-26-2003, 11:25 PM Thread Starter
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hi all,

does anybody have any experience shipping trumpet snails in the mail? if the snails would survive would someone be willing to ship me a few?

i would of course send you a self addressed, postage paid envelop/container.

i had a decent colony of MTS, but they were wiped out when a new breed of snails was accidentally introduced to the tank. these new snails either ate them, ate their eggs or just plain out-competed them for resources.

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-27-2003, 12:17 AM
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MTS are live-bearers so there are no eggs to eat. Are you sure your snails are gone? Drop a piece of blanched zucchini in the tank just before lights out and come back in 30 minutes.
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I ship Malaysian Trumpet snails all the time.

It is pretty had to kill them, I think Rex is right, watch carefully after lights out to see if they are still there.
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hi guys,

for some reason i never received emails to this post so i assumed no one answered.

REX, yeah i havent seen a MTS in at least 6 months after having at least 50 or so. when the lights go out its just the round snails out and about.

ANONAPERSONNA, if you would be willing to ship some MTS to me I would really appreciate it.

ideally i would like to wipe out the breed of snails currently in the tank before i re-introduce the MTS. are there any snail-be-gone medications or chemicals that are fish and plant safe?

thanks a lot, sorry for the late reply
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There is not a single Snail killing solution on the market that I would use in any of my tanks.
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ok, thanks rex. i guess i will just try and keep populations under control by picking them out.
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a clown loach/botia can control a snail problem.

my tank there is no signs of a snail infestation and no visable damage on my plants, but if you open up the filter from time to time, there are swarms of them. my loach eats the snails and eggs as they drop out of the filter. you can probably use one to kill all your snails and give/sell it off when your going to introduce the MTS. they cost about 3 bucks a loach at my LFS. Probably the same cost for a bottle of snail killer. remeber to clean out your filter, snail eggs get caught in filters.
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are there any snail-be-gone medications or chemicals that are fish and plant safe?
The DrsFosterSmith catalog lists a product called Had-A-Snail, but says that it is not available in California. I bet you might have a hard time finding any kind of snail-killing chemical (legally) for sale here.

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Kuhli Loaches are snail eaters, try a few of them
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are there any snail-be-gone medications or chemicals that are fish and plant safe?
The DrsFosterSmith catalog lists a product called Had-A-Snail, but says that it is not available in California. I bet you might have a hard time finding any kind of snail-killing chemical (legally) for sale here.

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Kuhli Loaches are snail eaters, try a few of them
No. clown loaches are supposed to be, kuhlie loaches are not.

I have my doubts about botia modesta and tiger loach as well -- I added one large MTS and one tiny MTS to their cichlid tank and no one has eaten either of them. OTOH, the biggest blood parrot in the other cichlid tank crunches them easily if he catches them falling but he never looks through the gravel for them, so one is alive in the gravel there, inspite of there being 4 very large clown loaches in that tank. The peacocks and severum try but cannot crack the hard shells.
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I've heard it may take time for the clowns to discover MTS, but know of at least one aquarist who reports them digging up the substrate to search out and eat them after they were found out.

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