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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-02-2019, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
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MTS out during the day?

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Recently in the past couple of days, I've noticed that many of my MTS are climbing the glass during the day and are roaming around freely. Previously for the past couple of months, they hid so stealthily that I had to dig through the gravel to find them for my puffer at times when he looked hungry. My puffer passed two days ago and now there's no one to hunt the snails down, but it's hard for me to believe that the MTS are out and about just because my puffer isnt there to hunt them anymore. It's quite strange, but are there any other reasons MTS would be out during the day? I havent changed anything in my tank or added anything new.
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I've tested this out myself switching my pea puffer between two nano tanks. Within a few days of no puffer a percentage of my MTS are out during the day. After one day with my puffer the MTS go ghost mode and only come out after the lights go out. They have some mechanism to detect predation.
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I've tested this out myself switching my pea puffer between two nano tanks. Within a few days of no puffer a percentage of my MTS are out during the day. After one day with my puffer the MTS go ghost mode and only come out after the lights go out. They have some mechanism to detect predation.
Wow, that's very interesting! I guess it was the puffer that made them hide all the time. Thank you for sharing!
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One time I was getting large mts out of a tank to ship to someone- I thought I saw at least two dozen visible, but after picking out three or four I had a hard time finding the others- they borrowed back into the sand and hid themselves, as far as I can tell. I wondered at the time if they had some way of communicating danger.


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One time I was getting large mts out of a tank to ship to someone- I thought I saw at least two dozen visible, but after picking out three or four I had a hard time finding the others- they borrowed back into the sand and hid themselves, as far as I can tell. I wondered at the time if they had some way of communicating danger.
Wow, that must be it. How incredible that they can sense danger and hide!
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They probably release a stress chemical that other snails pick up as danger.



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Fascinating. Do baited snail traps work on MTS? Or do they sense it's a trap and not fall for it?
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Fascinating. Do baited snail traps work on MTS? Or do they sense it's a trap and not fall for it?
I have never had much luck with traps . Best way just wait till a couple hours after lights out and scrape them off the glass and remove .

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