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post #21 of 29 Old 09-24-2009, 01:42 PM Thread Starter
hmmmm, it appears that the dwarf variety like to eat snails. i have just ordered some Malaysian trumpets. not so sure i like the possibility of them becoming a snack

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post #22 of 29 Old 09-24-2009, 01:46 PM Thread Starter
darn it, it appears all 3 of the loaches will eat snails..........grrrrr

cant i find a bottom feeder that doesnt get too big, doesnt think my fish or snails are snacks, and isnt a cory?!?

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post #23 of 29 Old 09-24-2009, 01:54 PM
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hmmmm, it appears that the dwarf variety like to eat snails. i have just ordered some Malaysian trumpets. not so sure i like the possibility of them becoming a snack
Contrary to popular belief MTS aren't readly eaten by loaches ass are the other species of snails. The MTS possess an operculum that they can effectively shut tight (much more so than other snails) rendering them immune to a loach's inquisitive snout. I have MTS and my clowns and yoyos are unable to "get" to the snails. They toss the shells around and after awhile they give up after they realize that no easy meal is coming out anytime soon. I've had no problem keeping MTS and loaches together.

I'd love to have Lupin weigh in on this topic. He's the pro and I'm only going by my actual experience. Maybe I have extra tough snails and not so bright loaches?

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post #24 of 29 Old 09-24-2009, 02:03 PM Thread Starter
lol, ok thats a possibility then

ive got the mts coming in tomorow 1 because i like them and 2 because they help turn the substrate

but i also have mystery snails. sounds like a no go for loaches :(

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post #25 of 29 Old 09-24-2009, 02:07 PM
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Yep, loaches are out. Loaches would have a field day with mystery snails. I'm trying to think of something (other than cories) who are bottom feeders and wouldn't give your bettas a second look. Humm...thinking...

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post #26 of 29 Old 09-24-2009, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
dont get me wrong, i LOVE cories

im just going to have them in my 2 other tanks, maybe i should just get 3 different species, one for each tank? hmmm, id still like somehting else with my girls

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Another thought: Keep all your snails in your other tanks so you can keep loaches in the 55G

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post #28 of 29 Old 09-24-2009, 03:55 PM Thread Starter
i thought about that, but, i love my snails as well. im really trying very hard to get this tank as natural as possible. and once my plants take off and i add some more, i will be removing my fake ones too. i have driftwood in this one too, sandy bottom, and river rock. its almost where i want it. i feel that having snails make it more natural in appearance, to me anyway.

maybe one of these days ill add pics here :)

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Contrary to popular belief MTS aren't readly eaten by loaches ass are the other species of snails. The MTS possess an operculum that they can effectively shut tight (much more so than other snails) rendering them immune to a loach's inquisitive snout. I have MTS and my clowns and yoyos are unable to "get" to the snails. They toss the shells around and after awhile they give up after they realize that no easy meal is coming out anytime soon. I've had no problem keeping MTS and loaches together.
This is right. My tiger loaches which were supposed to be versatile at consuming MTS due to their elongated snouts, never eliminated all the MTS as I had initially thought. I was cleaning the substrate out when I noticed a few MTS popping up. They survived the era of tiger loaches.

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