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MTS - would you dare move plants into a new tank

I know this has been discussed but...I'm starting up a new tank and I'd like to use some plants and wood from an old setup. Problem is the tank has been riddled by MTS for a long time.

Would anyone dare to introduce anything from the current tank? Under what circumstances?
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I like MTS, my betta actually decimated the population I had (believe it or not, lol). They're livebearers, so the fear of snail eggs doesn't apply here. Just check for miniature snails.
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I like MTS, my betta actually decimated the population I had (believe it or not, lol). They're livebearers, so the fear of snail eggs doesn't apply here. Just check for miniature snails.
Thats wierd I heard even puffers couldnt eradicate a population of mts becase of their thick shells. Are you sure they didnt just starve? If it was a betta only tank im sure that you didnt feed it too often or that much food got past his mouth.

Advice for the OP, if you want to make sure the snails dont hitchhike there are certian snail killing products on the market you could try, or a dip in some salty water should also do the trick.


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It's easy since they are liveberers. Just dip the plants in a water/bleach solution or for more sensitive plants, dip them in a PP solution. Then soak the plants in water with lots of dechlorinator.
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Bettas et. al. don't crush the shells of the MTS snails. They suck them out. My little dwarf loaches have done an excellent job of cleaning out my MTS explosion.

MTS snails can handle salt. Probably longer than the plants can.

Something you might try is to first clean off the plants from any visible signs of snails. Then put them in a bucket of treated water. And then add 1 algae wafer. If there are snails, they'll go for the wafer in a snail's nano-second.

No snails going for the wafer after an hour or so? I'd declare it safe. But to be sure, you could Q/T the plants for a longer period of time.

I tried to trap my MTS snails by adding sinking granules to a cup that was sealed except for holes big enough for the snails, but not the fish. It was amazing to see how fast they came crawling for it! It was like an army in droves! So if you don't get a snail on a sinking wafer for over an hour, I'd really think you're fine.

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Crazy Eddie, is PP potassium permanganate? Uh, check that...what's an appropriate concentration of PP?
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