MTS...yes or no?
I apologize if this is covered elsewhere in this forum but I'm wondering what the current thought is on this subject.
All three of my aquariums have a little algae in them. I don't mind scrubbing glass during water changes, but cleaning the artificial plants in my two smaller aquariums is something I'd just rather not do every week.
While my 50g/planted has a sand substrate, I kind of like the idea of having these snails aerating it nightly so I don't have to do it manually.
I realize that adding Malaysian Trumpet Snails would require a fair amount of culling once they begin to reproduce and, according to wiki, they can be intermediate hosts to (human) parasitical liver flukes (um...eww). I would be interested in learning from those who have introduced them to their aquariums.
Is it worth it?
5g hex desktop with The Dude, a crowntail betta;
16g bowfront with 3 ADFs and 6 danios;
50g with 20 neons, 5 hatchets, 5 julii corys, 6 ghost shrimp, and one dwarf gourami;
and Mika the She-Wolf, a Siberian Husky
Worth it? Not really.
We have a lot of algae in our 15-gallon and probably upwards of 60 trumpet snails. They really don't do that good a job of cleaning. It's probably easier to clean the plants yourself than deal with the resulting explosion (and they will explode) of snails.
15 gal: 4 mollies, 1 platy, 1 neon tetra, trumpet snails, pond snails.
20 gal: 20+ various molly and platy fry, pond snails.
55 gal: Planted. No fish yet.
I personally welcome MTS and any other snail that won't eat my plants. I've never had major algae problems, but I feel that the snails help to create a more realistic and natural look to the tank. I've also always liked that they help to stir up the substrate.
Just throw your plastic plants in a mild bleach solution now and then. Nothing to it. I would not buy the snails. All you have to do is run your fingers through the sand now and then. It's not like there is any work involved.
Sounds as you have diatoms. They are normal in new tanks and will go away on there own.
Good advice! You should make a sticky.
Originally Posted by Lady Hobbs
When in doubt, do a water change.
"This ain't rocket science!"
When first looked at the title of this thread I thought maybe you were questioning whether or not you had MTS (Multiple Tank Syndrome) and then I was looking forward to a picture or pictures of many many tanks you may have.
Oh well! Sorry I don't know much on snails. Just found the title alluring.
25 Gal - Tropical
Custom made Wet/Dry/Sump Filter System, AquaClear 20 Powerhead, RenaCal Excel 300 Heater, artificial plants
- 6 Blackskirt Tetras, 5 Red Wag Platy's
"Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success." King Solomon.
Pictures of my 10 Gal Sump Filtration project
MTS = Mineralized Top Soil
MTS = Multiple Tank Syndrome
MTS = Malaysian Trumpet Snails
Or, just go here:
Try a nerite snail in each tank. You need both sexes to breed but they won't breed in fresh water. You may have eggs left around here and there (I have one that does and two that do not but I'm not bothered by them). They are great at keeping algae down on all surfaces.
I agree about the nerite snails. I had the same thoughts as you about the MTS & I am over run with them now.
I just got two nerite zebra snails and put them in my brackish tank with my fiddler crabs and baby mollies. They are excellent at cleaning the glass and everything else in the tank. :) Two days ago they started laying lots of eggs. Will the eggs hatch in brackish water? (1.005 - 1.006 specific gravity)
Originally Posted by SueD
25g fresh community (pleco, angel, GBR pair, loaches)
20L fresh community (pleco, tetras & yo-yo loach)
10g brackish w/fiddler crabs, female guppies & bb gobies
5g male guppies & ADF