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pitcairnpete 03-03-2012 04:01 PM

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.

They;

  • 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.

PCP

redchigh 03-03-2012 04:23 PM

Over on the planted forum, we are often singing the praises of MTS...

They also help prevent compaction of the substrate, because they tunnel around.

Welcome to the forum!

pitcairnpete 03-03-2012 04:32 PM

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Originally Posted by redchigh (Post 1001645)
Over on the planted forum, we are often singing the praises of MTS...

They also help prevent compaction of the substrate, because they tunnel around.

Welcome to the forum!

Yeah, they are a good little ally, in time I will start offering vials of them to people in need. Though buying most plants from a slightly less that excellent fish shop should have you swimming with the buggers in no time.

PCP

Inga 03-03-2012 04:49 PM

Now if only I had some. :(

pitcairnpete 03-03-2012 05:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Inga (Post 1001665)
Now if only I had some. :(

Shame, I really think most people contract them rather than go looking for them. Have you got a mate in the hobby that can share them?

Silverfang 03-03-2012 06:28 PM

We have a local pet store that has giant ones infesting every tank. Too bad they are sometimes stingy.

Blaxicanlatino 03-03-2012 11:18 PM

I immediately add these guys to every single one of my tanks! i love these things much. HOwever, Ive had hundreds in my tanks and have had them for years, but i noticed with some, the shells seem to be getting weak. How can i correct this?

starflyer 03-04-2012 12:03 AM

used to have them then i got loaches never see another snail

pitcairnpete 03-04-2012 05:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Blaxicanlatino (Post 1002113)
I immediately add these guys to every single one of my tanks! i love these things much. HOwever, Ive had hundreds in my tanks and have had them for years, but i noticed with some, the shells seem to be getting weak. How can i correct this?


If anything, I would love to know how you weakened the shells as it would make them managable for my younger clownloach.

What are the water characteristics you are currently experiencing?

PCP

pitcairnpete 03-04-2012 05:51 AM

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Originally Posted by starflyer (Post 1002166)
used to have them then i got loaches never see another snail

What size/age/type are the loaches that decimated the population?

I think there is enough to suffer a little thinning of their numbers to be honest.


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