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redchigh 04-05-2010 06:46 PM

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?

bettababy 04-07-2010 03:25 PM

Sorry for not knowing all of the abbreviations people are using... but what is a MTS?

LisaC144 04-07-2010 03:44 PM

Malaysian Trumpet Snail.

bettababy 04-07-2010 04:02 PM

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.

redchigh 04-07-2010 06:18 PM

alrighty, thanks.

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