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Originally Posted by Boscobear View Post
I looked long for MLS until I finally found them in one little store three years ago. I bought three for $2.50 each, and placed them in separate tanks. Today I have hundreds in each tank; the other day I decided for fun as I was sitting in front of the 115g 5-foot tank to count the MLS that I could see--so these were the snails out and about in full daylight. I got over 300 before I gave up. And these were just the ones I could see without moving my chair.
Since I am a scanty fish feeder, I know that these guys are doing an incredible job (that I could never equal) by consuminig all the waste organics and breaking it down so the various bacteria in the substrate can more easily handle it. And as I pointed out in my article on bacteria, this substrate activity is a vital part of a healthy aquarium.
Quarantining new snails that come from tanks with fish is probably wise, same as for fish or plants from such tanks (with fish). The ramshorn is another species similar in size and behaviour to the pond, but some members have reported ramshorn eating plants. I have never had healthy plants being eaten by my MLS or pond snails.
Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada
The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]
Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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