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RE:RE: MTS die off
Thansk for the response. As to your question of snail eating fish, the only
two occupants I have that may be snail eaters are a 4 in. Khulii and 5 in.
Dojo loach. All the tank occupants are doing fine, as are the plants. I've
read that Botia, if large enough, can eat snails, but both the Dojo and
Khulii seem to prefer flake food.
The snails died off rapidly, from >1000 to 0 in 2 weeks. There were some
good 1/2 inch or better sized MTS and all sizes in-between. Surprisingly, my
daughter saw one live MTS in the 55 last night, I searched and searched and
it was the only survivor I could spot. I'd like to know what caused this so
I can bottle it and sell it to people who don't want snails in their tanks.
I'm stumped. I guess I will just keep observing the
>Date: Thu, 8 Mar 2001 17:30:10 -0500
>From: "Gitte" <heinesen at bigfoot_com>
>Subject: RE: MTS die off
>You don't mention what fish you have in your tank. I used to have a huge
>population of MTS and other snails. Although I like the MTS, I didn't want
>the other snails. So...I added 3 zebra loaches (Botia Striata) to my
>planted tank. After a few months, I am sure I have no snails, MTS or
>otherwise. I see empty MTS shells lying around. Do you have any
>snail-eating fish? Just a thought...
> > -----Original Message-----
> > Date: Thu, 08 Mar 2001 17:17:40
> > From: "allan Mlodick" <allangm at hotmail_com>
> > Subject: MTS die off
> > Hi All,
> > It has been the curious loss of my MTS that has prompted me to
> > post. I have
> > searched the archives, the Krib, etc. and have not found any
> > answers to this
> > problem. The MTS are most like;y completely dead in my planted 55
> > gal. tank.
> > I have two 10 gal. tanks with healthy MTS populations. H2O parameters
> > slightly different in the two 10 gal tanks because I don't add
> > CO2, only use
> > CO2 in the 55. The 55's H2O parameters are:
> > dGH - 10, dKH - 10
> > NO3 - 0-1ppm
> > NH3 - 0
> > Fe - 0
> > PO4 - 0.05ppm
> > pH - 7.0 - 7.2
> > Temp - 76-78 F
> > I have "well water" with no additives (Cl or chloramines), which
> > works fine
> > in the 10 gal tanks. I transfer plants from the 55 to the 10 gal
> > tanks on a
> > regular basis, so any pathogen should also transfer to the 10
> > gal. tanks. I
> > can't figure this one out and I don't want to re-introduce MTS to the 55
> > until I am sure they will thrive in there.
> > What's going on?? Any help would be appreciated. I read that
> > Chuck Gadd had
> > a similar experience. Was there any resolution to this?
> > TIA.....
> > Al
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