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Mts, Malaysian trumpet snails.

These reproduce like rabbits on steroids.

As for getting rid of them

Empty the tank, move fish and dry the substrate out in the sun for a couple of days, as well as any ornaments and such.

Alternatively remove your fish and plants, dip plants in potassium permanganate, turn of and remove you filters, get a good handful of copper sulphate and dump it in you want blue as blue can be water leave for 30min give it a stir then drain and re fill

loaches don't eat them un less there starving

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If you have a sandy substrate you can use a coarse net to sift excess snails out. I have used a strong bleach solution to kill them in buckets of gravel after I have shut down a tank. It has to be nice gravel to be worth the hassle though.

I like to keep some in my tanks as I use sandy substrates, and they help to prevent the formation of gas pockets. They eat detritus, but if you have too many they will compete with your fish for food. Especially vegetables, which can come in handy for catching them in numbers.

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I have MTS in all my tanks....they don't last long with the cryptoheros

they are great scavengers....particularly good in fry tanks to clean up uneaten food

and they help cultivate infusoria

I think they serve me well....;)

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