My MTS can't bury themselves... Is that okay?
I have a bunch of MTS in my 10G livebearer tank (with other snails and ghost shrimp)
The problem, is the gravel seems too large for them to dig effectively.
I watch them pretty often...
They act like cats.... if anyone has ever seen a cat put their head in a box or paper bag and go to sleep, they apparently think they're hidden. The snails to the same thing. After a bit of struggling, they manage to get their front end under a large piece of gravel, and then just sit there.
I think the biggest ones do hide, but I have no idea if they're hiding in the gravel or just under plants. Seems like they like to squeeze under my dwarf baby tears like it's a blanket or something. I finally surrounded the baby tears with rocks so they will leave it...
The gravel is from wal-mart... so it's a little bit too big, even though the plants seem to be doing okay.
I'm planning on rearranging the tank soon- would it be stupid to replace the substrate with sand just to make the snails happy? Would it be unneccesary?
In my other tank (soil substrate) I added about an inch of sand over the already in-place one inch of gravel... So far, they've mixed the sand and gravel but the soil is staying there it should.
Should I add an inch or two of sand to the livebearer tank so the snails and shrimp can have their fun?
Sorry for not knowing all of the abbreviations people are using... but what is a MTS?
Malaysian Trumpet Snail.
Ok, thats what I suspected it was, lol... but I wanted to be sure before I offered any input. Thank you.
MTS can bury themselves in coarse gravel if they so desire. I have tanks full of them here, most of those tanks have large pea gravel substrates, and the snails have no problem getting wherever they want to go.
I would see no reason to change gravel size or add sand just for them.
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