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#1 Maryanne

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 12:28 AM

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Common Name: Malaysian Trumpet Snail

Scientific Name: Melanoides tuberculata

Also Known As: MTS

Physical Description: A relatively small, elongated, cornucopia-shaped snail that comes in both textured and smooth varieties. Often shades of brown, but can come in yellows as well.

Maximum Adult Size: Adults average 1.5", but can reach up to 2".

Lifespan: The lifespan of MTS, like other snails is highly dependent on temperature. In a colder aquarium, an expected lifespan is about 2 years, whereas snails kept in a tropical aquarium will reach around 1 year old.

Care level: Very easy, provided they are kept in relatively hard water.

Tank size: MTS can be kept in as small as a 2.5 gallon aquarium.

Temperature range: These snails can be kept in a wide range of temperatures. 70-82F is an acceptable range, but the warmer the temperatures, the shorter their lifespan.

pH: 7.0 - 8.2

Water hardness: Like most snails, harder water is necessary in order for them to maintain a healthy shell.

Salinity: These snails are not very forgiving of salt. If it is necessary to salt a tank for medical treatment, remove snails first.

Diet: MTS are possibly the most useful snail in the fish keeping hobby. Their primary diet is dead plant and animal matter and algae, but do NOT eat plants making them extremely handy additions to any freshwater aquarium. MTS will burrow into the gravel during the day and often come out during the night. This burrowing is extremely useful in planted tanks as it aerates the gravel without disturbing plant roots.

Temperament: Peaceful.

Suggested Tankmates: Do not keep with snail eating fishes such as loaches.

Breeding: Extremely easy. If you are feeding them, you will have more. MTS are livebearing hermaphroditic snails, so even if you start with one, you can soon have many.

Warning: Do not use copper based medications or keep MTS in water high in copper as it is toxic to snails.

Personal Observations: I've seen people confuse this snail with pond snails due to the spiral shaped shell. A pond snail will have a much wider base of the shell and a faster taper than the gradual taper of the MTS. MTS will also have a smaller, rounder foot. Pond snail shells point upward, while MTS shells are horizontal.

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Above: pond snail, Below: MTS


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Posted 09 November 2010 - 10:21 AM

This is a great care sheet. Probably one of my favorite freshwater inverts :P

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 11:59 AM

I would make one small adjustment: under care lever, I'd say "requires extensive effort to kill."

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 12:41 PM

I would make one small adjustment: under care lever, I'd say "requires extensive effort to kill."


Haha if you don't heed the warning, they are super easy to kill :P But yeah, these guys are awesome! I added a new born tiny snail to a 10 gallon and within a few months I had an entire population :) I'd say these guys are even easier to keep than pond snails :coverlaff:

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 03:13 PM

Do you guys keep these in with your bettas then just don't give them any aquarium salt?

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 03:24 PM

I don't use aquarium salt except for disease treatment. It can cause kidney damage over the long run.

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 03:48 PM

:O it can?! I thought everyone used it with every wc..oops. Maybe I'll get a few of these as hitch-hikers when I get my plants!

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 04:24 PM

I don't salt my bettas unless they have injuries or external parasites.

You'll most likely get pond snails or ramshorn snails as hitchhikers on plants.

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 04:25 PM

Not everyone. There have been discussions about it lately, and fewer people are doing it. It used to be more common.

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 04:35 PM

Not everyone. There have been discussions about it lately, and fewer people are doing it. It used to be more common.


Any sources or links to those discussions?

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Posted 27 November 2010 - 07:02 PM

Love these guys as clean up crew for my grow out tanks. By the way if you have IAL you can feed them those. I boiled mine down to make betta spa, then throw them in a grow out tank for a week. Then i feed it to the snails. Makes for great food. As long as the execrate out of them, it wont harm the snails.

Also if you keep a clump of java moss with your snails. They will lay 90% of the babies their.

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Posted 28 November 2010 - 12:17 AM

Any sources or links to those discussions?

No links on hand... But if you search UB, you'll find everything I've read on the subject!




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