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.
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.
Above: pond snail, Below: MTS
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