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Old 01-14-2009, 09:24 PM   #1
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Mts????

Is this an MTS??? I saw it at my LFS and they gave it to me for free because they said the had tons of them. I've heard they are good algae eaters and are good for planted tanks. Do they reproduce by themselves or do you need more than one?

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Yes that is a Malaysian trumpet snail. They can reproduce on their own if it is female. They also reproduce live fully formed babies.
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HAHA cool little guy... What is the reproduction rate for this type of snail. I am assuming it varies from different types of snails.
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I have heard that it is pretty fast, but I don't know for sure, and I guess I'm about to find out. I found a pond snail the other day that had hitched a ride with some of my new plants, so I got rid of him. I also found a couple of buches of eggs on the leaves, so I removed them. Lets hope I removed them all!!! LOL! Will the MTS out compete the pond snails if I missed some and end up having some of them in my tank too. If pond snails are OK then I don't mind them being there, but I have heard that they eat plants so I don't know. I also got about 15 to 20 ghost shrimp today. I heard they are pretty good at cleaning up algae, fish poop, extra food, and just about everything else. Hopefully my goldies won't eat them all. Good thing they are cheap.

By the way, does anyone know the lifespan of these guys. They are so fun to watch and I hope they live for a while. If not then I guess I'll just have to keep buying them!

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The MTSs will take over if you overfeed in the slightest, but they don't cause any trouble. When they die, their shells just add to your gravel.

The pond snails aren't too much of a problem (I've got tonnes), but they do leave spots on your leaves.

Also, as snail populations get big, I do suspect they add more waste than clean. Those, shrimp, and goldies could mean a lot of waste.
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