Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: May 2019
Location: Palm Springs, CA
Yes, snails are very much a barometer of tank conditions. After setting up my first tank, I had a month or more of out-of-control outbreaks of every kind of algae--and the snail population (MTS especially) exploded proportionately. At one point the bottom of the tank was just seething with snails, and snail poop. A dwarf puffer made a huge dent--though the MTS quickly learned to hide in the substrate during the day and only come out at night when the puffer was sleeping. But puffers are cantankerous--had two but the larger bulled the smaller to death, and had to rehome the other when he started chomping on phish fins. Three assassins have slowly gotten things under control, and are breeding themselves--but nothing like the MTS did.
Starting up a new tank which already has a fair number of baby MTS hitchhikers on the plants I've transferred over. It'll be interesting to see what their population does if I manage to not make the same mistakes and avoid big algae outbreaks.
In retrospect, I wonder if I'd been better off with slow breeding chopstick snails for the substrate, and mystery or rabbit snails for the glass & plants--as opposed to fast breeding ramshorn, pond, or bladder snails. Would be interested to know if others have done this, and how it worked for them
Last edited by Desert Pupfish; 02-03-2020 at 08:47 PM.