On The Menu? Malaysian Trumpet Snails

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I have 4 x 1 1/2" juvenile Angelfish, and 4 Kuhli Loaches along with a 4" Rainbow Shark and a 3" Bristlenose catfish.. will they eat Malaysian Trumpet Snails? I have some live plants along with plastic plants, driftwood, rocks etc live in Tassie so some snail varieties aren't available here. Any info or another snail option would be appreciated, Cheers Jules
 

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They will not eat Malaysian Trumpet Snails.

If you're looking to have MTS in that tank as a snail option you'd be half in luck.

Half not in luck because they are buried in the substrate when the lights are on. They only come out in the dark.

Why not ramshorn?
 

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They will not eat Malaysian Trumpet Snails.

If you're looking to have MTS in that tank as a snail option you'd be half in luck.

Half not in luck because they are buried in the substrate when the lights are on. They only come out in the dark.

Why not ramshorn?
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No problem. The quoting on this forum works pretty strange

If assassin snails are legal they don't hide. They don't require snails to eat either, however if you did want to add a MTS colony the assassin snails will enjoy hunting them.

If you have a male and female assassin snail they will breed slowly, if that is something you would like.

There are a good few other snails like tadpole and pond snail, also this small tiny ramshorn-like snail with a shell that goes sideways. Most people consider these three snails plagues. Personally I don't mind them. You only get loads of them if you feed too much.

Another option which you might like is rabbit snails.
 

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No problem. The quoting on this forum works pretty strange

If assassin snails are legal they don't hide. They don't require snails to eat either, however if you did want to add a MTS colony the assassin snails will enjoy hunting them.

If you have a male and female assassin snail they will breed slowly, if that is something you would like.

There are a good few other snails like tadpole and pond snail, also this small tiny ramshorn-like snail with a shell that goes sideways. Most people consider these three snails plagues. Personally I don't mind them. You only get loads of them if you feed too much.

Another option which you might like is rabbit snails.
Assassin Snails are apparently also illegal... not much of a choice here. Will the Kuhli Loaches dig up the MTS if I decide to try them? Ta
 

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My Kuhli Loaches don't have sand so I don't know about their digging habbits sorry.

Did you know that depending on the size of your tank, if you have MTS you will possibly have 100s living in your substrate? I think they contribute so little to bioload it doesn't necessarily matter, but some people just don't like the idea of it.

In one of my tanks the substrate crawls. It's a tank which has about 10 puffers which very much enjoy it

Did you check out rabbit snails?

It's so weird that MTS are the ones you're allowed when they're kind of the most prolific and probably invasive lol. Perhaps it's because tasmanian waterways already have them.
 

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Lol that could make it tricky trying to clean the gravel with a Syphon? If they don't block the tube, I'd have to strain the dirty water yes? Also can’t GET rabbit snails...
 

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What are you looking for in snails? Have you looked at nerite snails? They are pretty good at eating algae and they can't reproduce in freshwater.
 

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What's the reason you want them?
Always loved snails... not sure why. Before I moved back to Tassie I had generic pond snails in my tank, and they weren't a problem. Have a new tank since moving here and wanted to keep some as additional interest.

What are you looking for in snails? Have you looked at nerite snails? They are pretty good at eating algae and they can't reproduce in freshwater.
Apparently the Nerites will be eaten by either the Rainbow Shark or the Angelfish
 
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They don't get in the way of gravel vac don't worry about that

PS where did you see that nerites get eaten by rainbow sharks?
 

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They don't get in the way of gravel vac don't worry about that

PS where did you see that nerites get eaten by rainbow sharks?
Ok thanks, when I add Nerites to my tank setup on the website "Aqadvisor" the warning comes up about them being eaten by the Rainbow Shark

Nerite snails are fairly large so they should be fine. Lots of people keep nerite snails with angelfish.
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Just had it confirmed that the ONLY snails I can get in Tasmania (quarantine/environment laws) are Mystery Snails (which I don't particularly like) so looks like no snails will ever be on the menu Cheers Jules
 
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