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This section is to discuss anything Opae ula shrimp and brackish water related. e.g Nerite snails, algae etc..
 #8679  by Dan
 18 Dec 2019 20:26
I bought my first Opae Ula a few months ago, after having success with a planted red cherry shrimp tank for a while before that. These guys are awesome little shrimp but I felt like I wanted to see some other life in the tank too, especially with the sand substrate. Bring on the MTS.

There are a few posts from Opae Ula keepers that show MTS can be put into the same tank, but I struggled to find good information on how to do it without harming the snails.

After some research I decided to try a small experiment and managed to acclimate 6 trumpet snails into my brackish water (1.012sg) in 1 week by slowly increasing the salinity by around 0.001-0.002sg a day.

I wrote a tutorial with this information to try and help out future Opae Ula & MTS keepers: Acclimating Malaysian Trumpet Snails to brackish water

My snails and shrimp have been happy tank mates for the past 3 months now and I'm still seeing tiny baby MTS crawling around.

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 #8680  by odin
 19 Dec 2019 06:43
Oh wow they are black snails! The ones found here in the UK are your typical cream/brown colour.

Just be aware how fast they breed lol.


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 #8681  by opae ula related
 20 Dec 2019 05:37
I remember when I had MTS, I just dumped them in with no acclimation. They survived so I think they are so hardy it isnt required but that was my experience.
 #8682  by odin
 20 Dec 2019 05:38
opae ula related wrote:I remember when I had MTS, I just dumped them in with no acclimation. They survived so I think they are so hardy it isnt required but that was my experience.
I tried that and they all died :(


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 #8683  by opae ula related
 20 Dec 2019 06:49
odin wrote:
opae ula related wrote:I remember when I had MTS, I just dumped them in with no acclimation. They survived so I think they are so hardy it isnt required but that was my experience.
I tried that and they all died :(


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Interesting
 #8684  by odin
 20 Dec 2019 07:47
Proabably just bad luck on my part... speaking of bad luck I had a heater break between last night and Sunday.. Tom was 15deg c and al shrimp were very drowsy. I have just put in a platinum heater and will be upgrading all my heaters to these as they have no moving parts.


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 #8685  by opae ula related
 20 Dec 2019 16:00
odin wrote:Proabably just bad luck on my part... speaking of bad luck I had a heater break between last night and Sunday.. Tom was 15deg c and al shrimp were very drowsy. I have just put in a platinum heater and will be upgrading all my heaters to these as they have no moving parts.


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Brrrrr. Ouch. No deaths right? Thanks for tip, need to research
 #8687  by odin
 20 Dec 2019 16:46
No I can see any dead but the tanks wildly over grown with macro algae and the berried ones are still carrying lol. Got lucky I suppose!


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 #8701  by CYNICALifornia
 02 Jan 2020 21:20
opae ula related wrote:I remember when I had MTS, I just dumped them in with no acclimation. They survived so I think they are so hardy it isnt required but that was my experience.
The MTS in my tank were stow-aways on some filter sponge I was using to help the initial cycling when I was setting up my tank.

I don't mind them. I like the diversity they offer.

There were more than 20 baby snails at first. I took to thinning the population by hand (relocating them). Their numbers seem to stabilize once the tank cycled and I introduced my shrimp.