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Old 05-01-2006, 10:57 PM   #1
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Advice needed on snails...

Specifically, should I get one/some...

Don't know much of anything about them. I have a pool filter sand substrate, so I hear MTS would work well and keep the sand churning, but I think I want ONE to just do some glass cleaning and add a bit of character. Its a totally peaceful 29G community tank, so no worries about them getting picked on. One of my main concerns is that I do NOT want to have to battle them down the line to keep them to reasonable numbers. So in that sense, I would like one that will not turn into 10,000 little ones. I hear that one MTS will turn into a million in no time. Are there snails that don't reproduce like rabbits?

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Old 05-01-2006, 11:25 PM   #2
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MTS will reproduce and create significant numbers. If you want a nice snail that will roam the entire tank, scarfing up leftover food and not overpopulate your tank, then you need to look into an Apple snail (P. bridgessi).

I have a pic of mine in my plants and fish link.

If you don't use MTS to churn your sand, you will have to do it yourself. I have MTS in my planted tank...there are a lot of them but they remain hidden and don't come out until night.
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Will the Apple Snail mess with my plants? I'm lightly planted, low light, but will be looking to upgrade lighting and go with more plants soon.

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apple snails will only eat your dead plants and dead leaves, they will not bother your healthy plants
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