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post #1 of 11 Old 10-25-2008, 05:11 AM Thread Starter
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can anyone identify this snail?

hi can anyone tell me what this snail is? Best pic i could get and it was right by glass!

I'm currently getting rid of the little brown snails which I've been told are rams, but don't know if this little guy is a problem. There are two of them and they don't seem to be reproducing (unless there all under the gravel and sand ahhh!) please no, so I'm hoping you need a male and female for them to do so (unlike the pesky brown ones) if so then as long as they don't get huge they can stay. I'm not 2 concerned if they eat away at the plants sloooowly cos I wont mind getting more.
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post #2 of 11 Old 10-25-2008, 08:07 AM Thread Starter
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post #3 of 11 Old 10-25-2008, 11:43 AM
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That's a Malaysian trumpet snail. Even if you've only got one, it can still reproduce. Odds are you've got a lot more of them down in your substrate.

They're actually one of the more useful types of snails to have and are especially helpful in a tank with sand in it. They burrow through the substrate eating bits of stuff, which keeps your sand stirred for you. Even if you've got a bunch of them, they mostly stay under the substrate so you won't see much of them. They're also plant-friendly so no worries there.

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post #4 of 11 Old 10-25-2008, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
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hi thanks - that sounds ok then, and I'm going to be putting about 80% sand at the bottom of tank now for the cories so I'll just leave them.
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post #5 of 11 Old 10-25-2008, 12:03 PM
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i've got some of those, :)
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post #6 of 11 Old 10-26-2008, 05:47 PM
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MTS are really good if you have a sand substrate as they burrow through the sand keeping it airated and help prevent pockets of gas from forming - definitely a good thing to have in your tank. I think they're very pretty to look at too, which is a bonus

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post #7 of 11 Old 10-28-2008, 07:43 AM
plus, malysian trumpet snails can also handle themselves. There shells are extremely hard and survive being dehydrated. There shells are even hard enough to survive most attacks by loaches and puffers. I love these lil guys

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post #8 of 11 Old 11-01-2008, 03:30 PM
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thoose are masive breeders.Put some in a cotainer for a few days and see all the babies.I have babies right now.
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post #9 of 11 Old 11-01-2008, 04:17 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, I'll have mostly all sand in 3 weeks and was thinking of getting more of these little guys cos to be honest I've only seen one at a time (got one making himself at home on the sandy area now) - they def. don't seem to reproduce as fast as the rams.

You have to give me a little more info besides stick them in a container - what would they need, bit of fish food and bit of sand, also it gets quite cold in my place are they alright at temps as low as 14c ?

Also I've read they get as big as an inch! is this right? cos if so maybe I don't want so many otherwise it'll be like replacing the gravel with sand then snails heh.
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post #10 of 11 Old 11-05-2008, 11:27 PM
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The biggest one I've seen was about an inch long total and maybe a quarter inch in diameter. Definitely not one of the bigger snails. You might also have a lot more of them than you think hiding down in your substrate!

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