03-03-2012, 03:01 PM
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Malaisian Trumpet Snails - The best thing you probably never bought
I remember buying a few plants some time ago and placed them in my 180L tank. It came as no suprise that there was no hitchhikers of any sort on the plants and all seemed well. I then realised that there were subtle changes taking place within my tank.
The once rounded and now redundant empty zebra snail shells were starting to change in shape. They became tall, cylindrical and instead of saying truncated, lets just say pointy. As with all forms of nature, I started to read about the species feverently. What long lasting effects would they have, would my clown loaches destroy the population, what do they do?
In my detailed study of the little guys I found that they were one of the most positive additions to my tank.
- Are great indicators, if they start to head to the top, realise this is a reflection of the oxygen that you currently have in the tank
- Whilst there is a myth that they clear up much of the tank and its detritus, they do manage to remove any rotting food, they will replace it with a slightly less toxic product that we can all work out
- They are quite aesthetically pleasing to they eye, they look good, move well and grow to quite a size
- They are a hardy bugger though however, when they get to a certain size, the shells seem to become far too much for the clown loaches, though these specimens of clown loach are somewhat juvenile so maybe as they grow they will deal with it
Just thought I would add what I think of a species as another part of a hello to the forum
Anything else to add as a first hand experience, please do as I am sure I am missing negative points that make come up further down the road.