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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 1:22 pm Post subject: MTS outbreak! Help! Reply with quote

 Hi  All,
 My  tank  has  an  outbreak  of  MTS  (Malaysian  Trumpet  Snails)  and  a  internet  search  suggests  that  I  need  Assassins  for  controlling  them.  I  have  posted  a  WTB  for  the  same.  Meanwhile,  any  suggestions  on  controlling  the  population  would  be  appreciated!
 
 My  tank
 150  gallons  (close  to  600  liters)
 
 Inhabitants
 1.  rummy  and  cardinal  tetras
 2.  tuxedo  angels
 3.  whip  tail  cat  fish
 4.  panda  cories
 5.  sterbae  cories
 6.  Hillstream  Loach
 
 
 Facts  I  already  know
 1.  Need  to  control  feeding  of  my  fish
 2.  Assassins  eat  them
 3.  Can  never  get  rid  of  them
 
 All  I  need  is  a  few  suggestions/ideas  (of  either  using  a  type  of  fish  or  any  other  method)  in  controlling  the  outbreak.  I  don't  mind  them,  as  long  as  the  population  is  under  control.  Again  using  fish,  I  need  to  ensure  the  compatibility  with  the  current  livestock  in  my  tank.
 
 Any  help/suggestions/ideas  from  you  guys  would  definitely  help.  
 
 BTW,  have  tried  a  lot  of  DIY  snail  traps  and  that  don't  do  much!
 
 Thanks  a  lot  for  your  time  and  help  with  this!
 Radek
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 1:35 pm Post subject: Re: MTS outbreak! Help! Reply with quote

 A  puffer  fish  can  help  eradicate  your  snails  but  then  when  you  dont  have  snails  what  will  you  do  ?  as  its  the  puffers  primary  diet.
 
 Keep  doing  maintenance  daily  via  DIY  snail  traps,  that  way  you  can  reduce  the  population  daily.
   
 Once  you  add  the  assassins  they  will  disappear.  but  im  my  opinion  I  still  think  that  some  of  them  are  still  there  hidden  in  the  substrate
 
 Remember  that  Assassins  will  kill  other  snails  also  irrespective  of  their  size  thats  why  they  are  called  Assassins  !
 so  irrespective  of  whether  you  have  Apple  Snails  or  Nerite  Snails  to  combat  Algae,  the  Assasins  will  kill  them  eventually.
 
 I  think  a  dozen  of  Assassins  should  be  good  to  go  in  your  tank.  They  will  multiply  soon  and  then  you  can  give  those  away  to  hobbyists
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 1:42 pm Post subject: Re: MTS outbreak! Help! Reply with quote

 @superbite,
 Thanks  buddy!  The  only  thing  about  puffers  that  I  have  a  concern  is  their  compatibility  with  my  current  livestock,  since  I  have  read  that  they  are  kinda  aggressive  fish?
 
 I  am  not  big  on  invertebrates,  so  do  not  have  any  other  snails,  nor  do  I  intend  to  keep  any  at  this  point.  Lets  hope  I  get  those  assassins  snails  sourced  from  some  place,  and  they  would  do  the  trick.
 
 Thanks  again,
 Radek.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 3:00 pm Post subject: Re: MTS outbreak! Help! Reply with quote

 Hi,
 
 I  would  suggest  you  add  a  couple  of  clown  loaches  aand  within  a  week  your  problem  will  be  resolved.
 
 The  only  issue  is  that  over  a  period  of  time  (2/3  years)  they  grow  in  size  to  about  6"  +.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 4:42 pm Post subject: Re: MTS outbreak! Help! Reply with quote

 In  most  cases  a  hobbyist  cannot  add  a  snail  eating  fish  because  he  does  no  have  extra  bioload  space  in  hand  and  then  finally  only  assassins  get  in   Chuckle
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 4:52 pm Post subject: Re: MTS outbreak! Help! Reply with quote

 hi,
 
 i  would  suggest  you  can  try  dario  dario.  it  might  help  control  the  population  of  snail.  
 
 regards
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 5:08 pm Post subject: Re: MTS outbreak! Help! Reply with quote

 +1  to  Thuds,  it  worked  for  me  in  the  past...
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:28 pm Post subject: Re: MTS outbreak! Help! Reply with quote

 why  u  r  so  worried  abt  MTS
 they  will  not  creat  any  problem.......even  though  u  want  to  remove  them,forget  all  this  method
 they  will  climb  on  your  wall  of  aquarium  when  its  dark....at  night  time,
 u  can  raid  them  like  DHOBLE  and  remove  them  by  hand....
 they  need  calcium  for  their  shell,limit  supply  of  ca
 and  u  will  find  that  their  no  r  reducing
 i  hve  them  in  my  tank  wth  no  problem.....they  will  help  to  loossen  your  sbstarte,and  their  shell  is  colony  for  bacteria
 still  u  want  to  remove  them  then  this  is  the  method....
 wish  u  luck  and  stamina
 hope  u  r  nt  married  or  your  wife  will  doubt  u  for  leaving  bedroom  at  midnight  Chuckle
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:34 pm Post subject: Re: MTS outbreak! Help! Reply with quote

 I  have  controlled  very  effectively  by  introducing  yoyo  /  zebra  loaches.  They  are  very  effective  hunters  of  snails.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 11:38 pm Post subject: Re: MTS outbreak! Help! Reply with quote

 +1  Ananrajkumar.  Yoyos  are  the  best  snail  killers.
 *Switch  off  your  aquarium  lights  as  usual  in  the  night  time.  Wait  for  15-20mins,  take  your  fishing  net  and  then  switch-on  your  lights,  u'll  b  surprised  to  see  almost  all  the  MTS  population  slowly  climbing  on  your  tank  walls.  Wipe  them  out  as  much  as  possible  with  your  fishing  net,  and  also  make  it  as  quick  as  possible  as  they  would  fall  back  down,  immd'tly  when  the  lights  are  on.
 But,  keep  in  mind  that  u  can  only  minimise  their  population  to  some/a  great  extent,  and  u  can  hardly  make  them  'to  extinct'  in  your  tank!
 But  still,  MTS  are  a  very  essential  inhibitants  to  be  kept  in  any  aquarium,  esp.  in  a  Planted  aquarium.  I've  1000+  of  them.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 4:34 pm Post subject: Re: MTS outbreak! Help! Reply with quote

 If  you  are  talking  about  Melanoides  tuberculata,  I  want  to  buy  some.
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 hope  u  r  nt  married  or  your  wife  will  doubt  u  for  leaving  bedroom  at  midnight  Chuckle                

 
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