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Marbles21
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PostPosted: 2007.01.14(Sun)17:38    Post subject: Snails Reply with quote

I read somewhere that the small snails that have the spiral shell that come to a point at the end (I don't know what they are called) do NOT eat plants. is this true or just some b.s.?

Also will loaches eat these guys as well?
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Liszie
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PostPosted: 2007.01.14(Sun)17:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

Loaches will eat (or attempt to eat) ANY snail. My yoyos ate an apple snail about twice their size.
I don't know about the plant eating though...

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invertmaniac
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PostPosted: 2007.01.14(Sun)17:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

those are mts (malasian trumpet snail) and are the hardest snail for a loach to eat. only clowns and yoyo's can eat them. dojos, kuhlis, and horseface can't . be careful, they'' take over a tank, great sandsifters but might uproot plants.
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PostPosted: 2007.01.16(Tue)15:05    Post subject: Reply with quote

MTS really are hardy snails. If the substrate is deep enough, they'll survive even the attention of clown loaches... not that you won't have empty shells hanging around all over, they just breed really fast! They are plant safe, though it should be pointed out that they prefer leftover food to algae, so if you're looking for algae control, this may not be the best option. They do have a slight tendency towards uprooting newly planted plants, as has been pointed out, so keep that in mind.
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