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Re: Getting rid of MTS (Malaysian Trumpet Snails)

The original post asked how to get them out of gravel. I've never had them, 
but if the tank is stripped down, I would try boiling the gravel. I doubt 
they could survive that. You would have to make sure, as Wright pointed 
out, that you REALLY had got them out of the tank too, before restocking it.


At 04:17 PM 1/6/2003 -0500, you wrote:
>I've got some "infested" gravel that's spending the winter outside in a
>bucket in an effort to kill the little monsters. I'll let you know in the
>spring if anything survives.
>in snowy (but not like upstate NY) Ohio
> > I removed all the gravel (and most of the MT snails) from a tank and was
> > going to just dump the gravel, when it occured to me that they might be
> > susceptible to freezing. Has anyone ever tried freezing gravel (easily
> > done here this time of year) to kill the snails ? I understand that people
> > have tried bleach, but the snails remain in their shells, impervious to
> > the bleach. Cold however, would penetrate the shells quite easily. If they
> > can survive freezing, then they are obviously a real danger if released
> > accidentally, if not, then freezing would be an effective sterilant for
> > MTS.
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