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Re: Hope for MST (sic) sufferers (was: Re: MST Drawbacks..)

> Date: Sat, 13 Nov 1999 19:22:05 EST
> From: IDMiamiBob at aol_com
> Subject: Hope for MST sufferers (was: Re: MST Drawbacks..)
> > Thank's to everyone who responded & provided me with some really >useful
> >info.  Especially about Malaysian Trumpet Snails which seem to >be a
> >desirable tank-mate in most peoples experience (are there any >drawbacks?).

You bet there are. They are about the most voracious fish-egg eaters I know.
They don't belong in any breeding tank, for sure (unless the fish are

> >
> 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.  I
> 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.

A less drastic method works for simple overpopulation control. A saucer with
meat (maybe a deshelled shrimp tail?) placed in at lights out will be loaded
with them in the AM. Just lift it out and toss them in your daphnia tank.
Eventually a few will show up on the glass at first light and can be removed
manually. Watch that overfeeding in the future and they will never
overpopulate again.


Wright Huntley, Fremont CA, USA, 510 494-8679  huntleyone at home dot com

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