08-05-2011, 03:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Strand
Good on the sand. I'll try to locate some dark play sand or just get some black sand from the LFS.
I've read numerous places that MTS shells are too hard for the figure 8's? That's why I was going to go with the ramshorn.
This I can't answer, having never kept Figure 8's. My dwarf puffer sure got them...there were hundreds in the tank, but after a few days not a one to be seen. After I had removed the puffer and added other fish to the tank, the MLS began to reappear so obviously a few survived in the sand.
Not sure, but rather than the hard shell it may be the "trapdoor" the MLS have; loaches find it difficult to dig them out because of this.
I got my playsand from Home Depot, I believe Lowe's also carries it. Quikrete is the brand. It is tan/grayish in colour, apparently near identical to the sand in the Rio Negro in Amazonia.