Malaysian trumpet snails - thoughts on population control?
I had a Malaysian Trumpet Snail hitchhiker on a plant a while back, and we welcomed Mr Trumpy into our community. Mr Trumpy had offspring which was great timing as we needed some snails in our new shrimp tanks. The kids had a few grandkids which was also great.
Then we had population explosion in the shrimp tanks and numbers of tiny baby snails on the glass is getting a bit ridiculous. The explosion in snail population occurred at exactly the same time that all my shrimp started breeding too, so I am sure that the tanks just reached optimum conditions for both sets of critters.
These are primarily shrimp tanks and I have no intention of using any sort of chemical control, and I realise that the only answer is probably manual removal, but also hoping that someone has a bright idea or experience that might help...
So, anyway suggesting for keeping MTS populations under control please?
These tanks are barely fed, so no "stop overfeeding" comments please! They have Amazonia soil and lots of moss, biofilm, green goodness on glass etc, etc. In short, everything that is good for shrimp and which is also therefore good for the snails! Current approach is to remove any baby snails that are spotted on the glass on sight using tweezers. (I realise it might be better to evict Mr Trumpy and the other randy grownups to prevent new eggs being laid, but we're kind of attached to the first 2 generations).
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