Malaysian Trumpet Snail – Species Profile

MTS on a piece of wood
Here is shown a Malaysian Trumpet Snail grazing on a piece of driftwood.

The Malaysian Trumpet Snail (Melanoides tuberculata) or MTS for short, is a fully aquatic snail of the family Thiaridae. Adults typically grow to approximately 0.78″ to 1.4″ (20mm to 36mm) in length. The species has two sexes, male and female. Like the Japanese Trapdoor Snail, they have an operculum that they use to completely close their shells.

Care Level: “Falling Off Logs” Easy
Preferred Water: 7.0 to 8 pH, Hard Water for healthy shell growth
Temperature: 72 to 84 °F (12.8-28.9 °C)
Maximum Size: 1.4″ (3.6 cm)

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Outdoor Patio Pond – Part 6 – “One Fish, Two Fish…”

This past week as been pretty quiet. Whether the raccoons have given up or not is yet to be seen, but I haven’t found much evidence of their passing through. I repotted the White Bird of Paradise and its lil cactus pal, so they are lookin’ good and feelin’ fresh.

Finally, a stable home for my shading plant. Cameo by my wife’s herbs and pepper plant.

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Freshwater Ostracod – Species Profile

An ostracod (Seed Shrimp). Source: wikimedia.

“Ostracod” is a collective term for many species of tiny crustaceans that exist in fresh and saltwater. Commonly they are referred to as “seed shrimp” because of their similarity in size and shape to poppy seeds. They can be seen amongst and swimming closely above aquarium substrate as small pale dots. Magnified many times, their bodies can resemble clams or oysters. Most species you will encounter in the aquarium hobby are quite small (1mm or less), but some marine species can grow quite large, about the size of a pingpong ball!

Care Level: Easy
Preferred Water: pH 6 to 8, soft to hard
Ideal Temperature: 65 to 75 °F (12.8 – 22.2 °C)
Maximum Size: to 30mm, depending on species
Average Lifespan: 1 month to a year

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