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    Scavenger snails? To mts or not to mts?

    Hello
    I've just started a new tank and my question is "what type of scavenger should I add if any, to clean up leftover food or waste on the substrate". I don't have any algae yet, but i don't like to see the uneaten food on the substrate (PFS) I'd like some advice on possible scavengers for a Tanganyikan tank setup . Most of the catfish I looked into will eat fry (if I get any) and get too big, and I have fear I will get overrun by snails if I let them in. Any advice other than "google it" will be appreciated.
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    Dave

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    I love my MTS. The population has been stable for months and hasn't exploded. I think there's some truth to "if you don't overfeed, the MTS won't overpopulate" statement.

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    Do they eat the un eaten pellets fish food? Clean the substrate surface?
    Thanks for the advice

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave7739 View Post
    Do they eat the un eaten pellets fish food? Clean the substrate surface?
    Thanks for the advice
    They are great at that plus they burrow through the substrate which is also beneficial. But I have no reason to doubt that overfeeding will cause a huge boom in snail population.

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    Nerite snails I have 4 in each tank and the do wonders. They can't reproduce unless u have brackish water.

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    One thing I hate about nerites is they lay those eggs everywhere. Although they can't breed it gets really annoying when they ruin any driftwood in the tank with em. I prefer MTS and Mystery snails. Mystery snails are great and if they do breed you can usually get a breeder box going with em and sell em later on down the line. Personally my favorite is MTS though. I have a tank I've been purposely over feeding just to get an insane population going and it's worked pretty well.

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    MTS are ??
    I just started a new setup 6.5 gal tank, I need some.
    Thx

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    Quote Originally Posted by drc69 View Post
    MTS are ??
    I just started a new setup 6.5 gal tank, I need some.
    Thx
    Malaysian Trumpet Snails. They sift the sand and eat leftover food. People call em pest snails but they are only really a pest if they climb into yoru canister filter and kill it, or over populate your tank lol.

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    MTS would be one of the best cleaner IMO. They dig inner substrate and clean them.

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    Ok great thank you.

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    this is the setup as is

    The current tank. Plecos have been recommended but I'm unsure and would like to stay true to the Tang biotope. Although Im thinking of an omnivore pleco that stays small. Who's gonna know? Any recommendations?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dave7739 View Post
    The current tank. Plecos have been recommended but I'm unsure and would like to stay true to the Tang biotope. Although Im thinking of an omnivore pleco that stays small. Who's gonna know? Any recommendations?
    Depends on what you like. If you want to stick to one lake or even continent, a pleco won’t fit. However if you’re willing to spend the dough, I think a leopard frog pleco would look awesome in there.

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    Just a heads up with mts is that they can kill filters lol. This was from my cleaning of a neglected fluval 406.

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    I think I agree, a leopard frog place would look extremely cool. I need to do some research

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