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    Catching MTS. How to?

    I have a huge ton of MTS in my aquarium. It's a 75 gallon tank fully planted, it has loaches, shrimp, community fish and nerites.

    My loaches have not made much of an impact at all on the MTS population and it seems to get bigger and bigger. They also leave my nerites alone. They swim right by them as if they aren't even there. I know there are people here who want my MTS.

    How would you go about catching them in large numbers so that I can hand these little guys out or thin my population of them?
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    Jason, I tried this idea once. I might try it for a few days instead of just one night. I ended up catching mostly shrimp and a very small amount of MTS. I will try again though. Do you have a recommendation as to how long to leave it in the tank?
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    Place a slice of blanched cucumber and wait for them
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    Steve, I will try that as well.

    Keep the great ideas coming. I could use it.
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    I have 2 clown loach in my 40B and There isn't one MTS or any other snails. Except for the nerites in there. I'm kinda regretting putting nerites in my tank now...they leave white eggs everywhere and it looks unsightly.

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    Berty, I have 4 yoyo loaches and 1 checkerboard loach. They do eat the MTS but only once in a while. Sometimes they don't even care that they are their. I used to have clown loaches that destroyed the population then the clown loaches got way to big I have to give them away. This time though I want to catch them and give them to people who want them.
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    Haha yeah...clown loaches are pigs! But I love the coloration and pattterns on them. But the cucumber technique is the best way to take them out IME. Or if you've noticed when you turn off ur lights..a few hours later MTS will be all over ur glass. Then u can just use ur net and scoop them out. I did that for my friends tank that's infested with MTS. We took out quite a bit.

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    Berty, thanks for the info I will try that as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GBR View Post
    I have 2 clown loach in my 40B and There isn't one MTS or any other snails. Except for the nerites in there. I'm kinda regretting putting nerites in my tank now...they leave white eggs everywhere and it looks unsightly.
    sorry to derail, but do mts leave the eggs the same way?

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    Cucumber in a jar worked for me. Just pour the water out and the shrimp will fly out with the water. FWIW, chances are if you're having snail population issues you might want to mellow out on how much you're feeding your fish/shrimp.

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    Ah, I just put a petri dish in the tank, a piece of Ken's veggie stick inside the dish, a few hours later when the dish is full with MTS I just take it out. Snails are slower than shrimps anyways hahaha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gtrs View Post
    sorry to derail, but do mts leave the eggs the same way?
    Vinh, I don't think MTS leaves eggs around like nerites do. The reason nerites eggs are white is cause its not fertile. Correct me if I'm wrong. So MTS eggs will hatch in a few days. Most of the time it's laid on leaves or stems. And all of the sudden you'll notice a MTS bloom! Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by GBR View Post
    Vinh, I don't think MTS leaves eggs around like nerites do. The reason nerites eggs are white is cause its not fertile. Correct me if I'm wrong. So MTS eggs will hatch in a few days. Most of the time it's laid on leaves or stems. And all of the sudden you'll notice a MTS bloom! Lol
    The reason you don't see MTS eggs is that they are internal; those are Malaysian Livebearing Snails, they don't lay eggs.

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    My tank doesn't have MTS, but it's having these snails. They're so prolific. Any suggestion to poison them?

    snail.jpg

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    yeah nothing eats MTS. try not to overfeed and the population will balance out.

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