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quick MTS question

im thinking about getting malaysian trumpet snails for my tank. they like dig into the substrate and stir it up. will it uproot plants and disturb their roots?
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No and yes. If your plants are well established, then no. If your plants have a nice root system already or you put your stems down deep enough, then no. But fresh planted foreground plants like HC, HM, etc, then yes. I had a "bleep" of a time trying to plant some cardamine because the MTS would uproot them when they came to surface. I just gave up on those plants. But MTS are beneficial, so don't give up on them. I'd suggest letting your "small" plants establish themselves, then introduce the MTS.
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I couldn't agree more! At least if you're planning on adding adult MTS. CMB, have you had the same problem with baby snails? I've had my HC going for a couple weeks now and added a handful of the tiny MTS I had from another tank. So far, no problems. I'm sure the larger ones would be a different story, though.
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It's the big ones that are the problem for newly planted plants (mainly foreground). I think since the baby MTS are so small, they can't move the substrate as much when they come up.
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What kind of substrate do you have? I use Flourite and I have tons of MTS adults and babies in my tank. Ive had them for a year and never had a problem with plants being uprooted by them. Color Me Blue is right about the roots being established, it should be fine.
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i have eco complete substrate and plan on having a glosso carpet. so what you guys think? yes or no to mts?
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Plant the glosso first, let it establish itself, then introduce the MTS.
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