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MTS: too much of a good thing?

In a message dated 99-11-14 03:53:26 EST, you write:

<< I have so many MSTs in my 30 gallon tank, I can't see the fish.  I finally 
 found a way to kill them in a ten-gallon without disrupting the substrate.  
 pulled out all the plants and fish, and dumped a bunch of muriatic acid into 
 it.  The gravel fizzed for three days, and not one MST is left.  I will do 
 the same to my 30 gallon in the near future, but I am somewhat reticent, as 
 the plants are finally getting a start there. >>

why such drastic measures?  snails need some minerals in the water (to build 
shells).  if you keep your water soft and acidic, their population will 

tsuh yang chen, nyc, USA