Malaysian Trumpet Snail in lower pH

jobeaux

I have always been a fan of stocking Malaysian Trumpet Snails (MTS) in my tanks, I rely on their population to show me when I'm over feeding, I like that they till the substrate, and I'm convinced they usually only climb the tank glass when nitrates are too high and should be tested. My new home is on well water with a pH of 6.6, which is the lowest pH I've ever had. I have not tested GH or KH yet, but I plan to test those soon to satisfy my curiosity.

Has anyone kept MTS in a pH that low and had any success?
 

WRWAquarium

Hi

Like any snail they will need calcium for their shells so in theory soft water will not be optimal for them. That KH would be most important.

That said, MTS are amongst the hardiest things I've ever encountered in the hobby. I can imagine them surviving in soft water.
 

MacZ

Snails can safely live in pH down to 6.0 (in some cases 5.5) and with a GH of at least 2°.
Below that the shells are eroded by acidity and there is not enough calcium to warrant the buildup of the shells while growing.
 

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