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One of the bigger pains I have is keeping the gravel from compacting. A few weeks ago I noticed I have one MTS that came in on something or other. Its actually pretty fun to watch for him to come out at feeding time!

So would it be a good idea to get some of these guys or do they become a bigger pest than they are worth?
 

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I have them in both of my tanks, they've become a bit of a pest in my 20H (which has just a betta in it) but they're fine in my 55. But I have an entire clean-up crew in the 55 of cories, red cherries and Amano shrimp in addition to the MTS. Any overfeed gets cleaned up before the snails can gorge and breed like crazy.

I think they're like any other snail, don't overfeed and you'll be fine. If you do, you'll be up to your eyeballs in snails. The nice thing about the MTS is they aren't as destructive as pondsnails, and unless they do bloom in population, will stay mostly hidden while the lights are on.
 

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If their numbers become problematic simply gather them off the glass before dawn when they gather at the surface. Also, Guppies will eat them right out of the shell.
 

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I have a million of them and they are fine. I don't try to control the population.

Twice in 12 years they made it into the impeller of my Iwaki pump, which reduced intake flow. I put in a better prefilter, and have not had a recurrence.
 
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