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Free Malaysian Trumpet Snails.

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Offline Fiona

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Free Malaysian Trumpet snails.
« on: March 15, 2016, 12:24:57 PM »
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If anybody needs some let me know. 5-10 would give you enough to start your own colony, they live with the shrimps so wont have anything that will affect fish health.

You just need to pay for postage which is whatever a first class stamp costs now days.

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Re: Free Malaysian Trumpet snails.
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2016, 01:12:07 PM »
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Wonder if I could use snails in my community tank Fiona, any advice since you know what I'm looking at putting in it? I hear snails are brilliant algae eaters?

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Re: Free Malaysian Trumpet snails.
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2016, 01:58:45 PM »
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OH :fishy1: i would love a pair in my new tank (see my thread) when its set up. will they eat cory eggs?
i will respond when i feel it is time (May/June)

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Re: Free Malaysian Trumpet snails.
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2016, 03:59:50 PM »
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I'm almost certain that a company needs to be DEFRA-registered to transport livestock, and that APC Overnight is the only courier service in the UK which does this. I remember learning/reading of this last May when they stopped couriering for a few days; if I can find relevant info, I'll post it.

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Re: Free Malaysian Trumpet snails.
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2016, 06:52:49 PM »
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Im not a company and neither was the ebay seller I bought my original 10 from  :) They're fine in a community tank Paddy, they spend most of the time under the substrate, they're great for preventing gas pockets forming and yes they do eat algae but not as much as nerites. When your tank has finished cycling pm me and I'll send you some.

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Re: Free Malaysian Trumpet snails.
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2016, 07:22:39 PM »
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Im not a company
Sorry, Fiona, what I meant but didn't word very well (apologies) was that a courier/posting company needs to be DEFRA-registered, and APC Overnight is the only one which is  ie Royal Mail cannot send livestock.

Actually, some really useful tips are contained in these threads for transporting:
http://www.thinkfish.co.uk/forums/invertebrates-shrimps-and-snails/ramshorn-snails/msg18090/#msg18090
http://www.thinkfish.co.uk/forums/fish-news/fish-by-post/msg18087/#msg18087
Hope this is helpful.

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Re: Free Malaysian Trumpet snails.
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2016, 07:34:39 PM »
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I imagine, that as MTS are very inexpensive to produce (ie. they breed like rabbits and it's all you can do to give them away!  :rotfl: ) the cost of using a registered courier would be a bit prohibitive.

FWIW I received my MTS via Royal Mail and have sent them via Royal Mail too.

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Re: Free Malaysian Trumpet snails.
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2016, 08:51:32 PM »
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They're fine in a community tank Paddy, they spend most of the time under the substrate, they're great for preventing gas pockets forming and yes they do eat algae but not as much as nerites. When your tank has finished cycling pm me and I'll send you some.

Very kind, many thanks. I'm not bothered receiving them via royal mail. It's not as if you need to put live animals on the package... Just fragile should suffice  :)

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Re: Free Malaysian Trumpet snails.
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2016, 11:19:19 AM »
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I imagine, that as MTS are very inexpensive to produce (ie. they breed like rabbits and it's all you can do to give them away!  :rotfl: )

but they are OH so useful  ;)

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Re: Free Malaysian Trumpet snails.
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2016, 02:45:04 PM »
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I imagine, that as MTS are very inexpensive to produce (ie. they breed like rabbits and it's all you can do to give them away!  :rotfl: )

but they are OH so useful  ;)

Agreed! I'm glad I have mine, I just need to thin out the population every once in a while. Even the Assassin Snails can't keep up.  :rotfl:

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Re: Free Malaysian Trumpet snails.
« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2016, 12:48:23 PM »
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I chucked some in the 200l a while back but have yet to notice a population building in there. I think I've too many assassins.

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Re: Free Malaysian Trumpet snails.
« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2016, 01:22:32 PM »
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How many Assassins do you have? I have 4 in my tank and the MTS are winning that battle. :)

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Re: Free Malaysian Trumpet snails.
« Reply #12 on: March 18, 2016, 01:47:02 PM »
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I've no idea, probably 30 plus, I have had them for a very long time though and although they breed slowly they do multiply. I've only got them in the 200l. I didnt want them in the shrimpery because I'm hoping I can breed enough tadpole snails to feed my sons puffers a treat every now and then.

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Re: Free Malaysian Trumpet snails.
« Reply #13 on: March 18, 2016, 04:24:24 PM »
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I think I shall have to increase my population of Assassins eventually. :))

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Re: Free Malaysian Trumpet snails.
« Reply #14 on: March 18, 2016, 06:50:07 PM »
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Hello All,

I put 2 assassins in my 125L to eliminate my "hitchhiker" pond snails. It took them about 6 months to accomplish the task, which they eventually did with the help of their tiny offspring, who could get into the narrow gaps behind the Juwel filter etc.. The parents didn't seem too interested in the very small snails. Wanting to add Zebra Nerites to the tank to control an algae outbreak, I decided to set up a cycled, but unfiltered "QT" for the assassins. I eventually transferred 27 snails to the QT!

Obviously I was "lucky" to buy a pair. It took 2 or 3 months before I spotted a baby - rumour has it that they hide in the substrate for a while - or, maybe , I need to visit Specsavers again!

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Re: Free Malaysian Trumpet snails.
« Reply #15 on: March 18, 2016, 11:43:27 PM »
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I've had 4 nerites in the 200l with the assassins for over a year and I added 3 yellow apple snails, I've seen the nerites just sail over the assassins, I do however make sure there's extra food added for all the snails.

And yes, if you sifted through your sand you'd find a lot of baby assassins, the lurk in the substrate

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