Re: Malaysian trumpet snails

In issue #130, Miles Morrissey wrote:
>From: MMMORRIS at smith_smith.edu
>Date: Fri, 16 Jun 1995 22:29:53 -0500 (EST)
>Subject: Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V1 #129
>In response to discussion about malaysian trumpet snails that burrow in the 
>substrate and eat detrius:  Any one know where to find these little guys?
>Here in Western Mass no one seems to have heard of them much less stock 

They reproduce so prolifically that stocking them would almost be a joke. 
Apparently they are hermaphroditic, so you don't even need a pair to get 
started. The problem is the source, and keeping other snails from killing 

My first batch were from a friend (thanks Hardjono), but they may all be 
gone, because I never bothered to control the red ramshorns in the same 
tanks. I recently bought a small school of neons from Bangkok Aquarium, in 
San Jose, and they gladly threw in five snails, for their tanks get so 
overrun by them that the gravel surface is often almost 100% trumpet-snail 

My originals may still be around, for they are photophobic, and only come 
out at night. I haven't checked on them after lights out.

If you can't find a friend to supply them, keep an eye out for their shells 
whenever you visit good fish shops. They are about 3/4 inch long, and shaped 
like a skinny cornucopia.  Local aquarium societies are another good bet.

Good luck,