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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-15-2020, 04:28 AM Thread Starter
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Are MTS good?

I have a planted tank with BDBS and was wondering if it would be smart to get some MTS to help keep the sand moving. I also heard it’d be good to help sustain the bio-load in a new shrimp-only tank. I am dosing some Planaria Zero for some hydra I had. Should I wait until I’m done dosing so they don’t die? And how many is a good starting number? Should I get assassin snails now or once they start producing too much? Thank you!
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I think it depends, if you don't mind the way they look then they can offer some benefits to your tank like most snails. Its important that you like the way they look though because I took 3 adult MTS and moved them into a new tank I had just set up and now a few months later it is absolutely crawling with them. I don't mind too much or else I wouldn't have done it but if you are worried about perfect aesthetics they might not jive too well with you. As a note specifically for shrimp tanks, I've noticed that I'll set down some food in the tank and both the shrimp and MTS will swarm all over the food. I don't think it hurts the shrimp but it does sometimes make me wonder because the larger MTS can sometimes overwhelm the little dried up veggie chips I got from Jake and make it difficult for all the shrimp to get to. To be fair though this could be easily remedied by just feeding in a more spread out fashion, but just something to be aware of!
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As @IKeepShrimp has said, MTS are great for shrimp tank so long as you enjoy seeing them as part of your tank community. It doesn't take long for them to reproduce, so one or two are enough to start with (depending upon tank size of course). They live very much in harmony with the shrimp, sharing food (and shrimp will then feed on snail waste), and are a good indicator of tank health for shrimp I think; when snails are doing well the shrimp are doing well too!

I have treated my shrimp tanks with "No Planaria" (which I believe is the same betel nut extract active ingredient as "Planaria Zero") at the recommended dose and it did not harm my MTS snails. All adults are baby snails were unaffected by the treatment, so I wouldn't worry to much about that. They seem to be pretty robust!

I would say that my shrimp and MTS are great friends in my tanks. The shrimp can often be seen riding around on the back of the adult snails, and it isn't long before the snails join the party when I feed the shrimp. I have recently had a population boom of both shrimp and snails in my tanks and there were getting to be rather too many baby MTS on the glass, but they have been easy enough to pick off with tweezers over the course of a week or two to control numbers. I wondered about alternative control methods (see thread below), but am sticking with manual removal for now:

Malaysian trumpet snails - thoughts on population control?

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Thank you for the replies. I will be picking up a couple on my next run to LFS!
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I just thought about this as I saw one on the surface today. I have single is osmocote plus balls all over the tank. I really don’t want them getting surfaced as they have copper and it’s a shrimp tank. Will the MTS cause them to surface?
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