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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-28-2019, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
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MTS in brackish

I set up a 30 gallon Green Spotted Puffer tank a while back, but decided that I wanted a community tank more, and had a friend willing to care for the puffer, so I gave him away. Since there is still a Molly in there, I didn't want to lower the salinity too quickly so I have been gradually doing water changes to make it lower and lower.

A while back, when I still had my puffer, I would feed him MTS that I raised in another tank. Keep in mind that the tank was FULL SALTWATER back then. One time I dropped a couple of MTS In the tank for him to chase after, and 1 got away. I figured it would die soon and forgot about it. Now a COUPLE MONTHS later, I am finally lowering the salinity (It is at about 1.015 right now) and I am getting a huge population boom of MTSs.

This means that for several months there have been MTS living in my tank in FULL SALTWATER. Now, even at 1.015 salinity, where they should not be surviving at, they are THRIVING.

I have not heard anything like this before, so I just wanted to share the story.

You hear a voice
"water changes, you must do water changes"
you do not ignore it for you must comply
"water changes, water changes, water changes."
You fear it will be the last thing that you hear.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-29-2019, 06:23 PM
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Malaysian Trumpet Snails do extremely well in brackish conditions. One of the snail species that's easy to transition. Lots of Halocaridina rubra keepers use MTS in their tanks.

I've had them survive for several months (maybe a year?) in full salt in the past.

They won't overpopulate if they don't have an excessive food supply.


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Nature is funny even if in our small kept worlds . My 30 gal long was left what I thought was empty life wise with just 3-4 inches of water , no filter , heater , water changes , nothing for about a year because of sudden health issues . When I went to get it back up and running I found 4 Platys , an abundance of MTS , the descendants of which are still going in both my tanks now , and Java Fern and Crypts which are also going strong in both my tanks . The Platys were much smaller than would have been normal , but were healthy and readily adapted when I got the tank back to running condition . A couple are still kicking and the others bred and sent offspring before they passed . Anyway , my point is nature/life will find a way . Oh , by the way , the Java Fern from that situation is all I have left from a bunch I have had for about 18 years ...lol

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Wow, I guess Dr. Malcolm from Jurassic Park was right. "Life... Finds a way."

I didn't know that this type of thing had happened to people before, its so cool how life can survive in environmental niches that it did not evolve to live in.

You hear a voice
"water changes, you must do water changes"
you do not ignore it for you must comply
"water changes, water changes, water changes."
You fear it will be the last thing that you hear.
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