Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 07-22-2007, 11:24 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Addict
SparKy697's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Northwest Indiana
Posts: 1,495
Culling the herd

I have a 10 gallon tank with red cherry shrimp. There is also a herd of MTS as well as a hand full of spixi snails too.

I have been wanting to rid that tank of the MTS and was wondering if a yoyo will eat MTS? Also, will a loach eat my shrimp? I can round up the spixi snails easy enough and move them to another tank for safe keeping.

I read about using loaches for snail removal all the time but can't seem to remember any discussion on their ability to eat MTS.

"...but the guy at the LFS said I needed it!"
SparKy697 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2007, 12:53 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
7Enigma's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Havertown, PA
Posts: 2,913
It depends. Many members say the MTS shell is too hard for loaches to eat, while others say they eat them fine. The loach will most likely eat the shrimp. The best way to rid a tank of MTS is through a tank cleaning and manual removal. MTS thrive in organic rich substrate. Tanks that are overfed, not cleaned frequently, or just plain old (organic material works its way into the substrate) are prone to large numbers of MTS.

If you want to lower the number I'd remove all your plants and shrimp, remove all your gravel and give the tank and gravel a good thorough washing in either used tank water or fresh dechlorinated water. This will remove most of the organics that your MTS are living on. Cleaning out your filter is also a good step, though I wouldn't do both at the same time for fear of upsetting the biological filter.

A much easier way is if you have access to a diatom filter. I'd still remove the shrimp and most of the plants but you can just shoot it around the tank, kick up all the gunk, and then replace the shrimp and plants. You will be shocked at how much debris is in a seemingly clean tank!
Main (20g) - A throng of guppy and platy, Pressurized CO2, Ferts, All Live Plants (Very old pic, new one forthcoming)
7Enigma is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2007, 01:44 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Toledo, Ohio
Posts: 2,108
Send a message via AIM to hc8719 Send a message via MSN to hc8719
There are many members who would like to get their hands on cherry shrimp and MTS.

Perhaps sell them in the classifieds, or send them for the price of shipping.
"Atrocities are not less atrocities when they occur in laboratories and are called medical research."
George Bernard Shaw
hc8719 is offline   Reply With Quote

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
culling? Phoenixphire55 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 1 09-21-2008 09:36 PM
Culling the herd Skyrmir Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 1 07-03-2006 03:29 PM
Herd of hermits mattmku Saltwater Reef Aquaria 17 12-28-2004 05:06 PM

» Photo Contest Winners

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:21 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2023, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.