Malaysian Trumpet Snail Care Sheet
Malaysian Trumpet Snails are a peaceful community snail that make a great addition to community tanks. They are safe for planted aquariums and as an added benefit will eat decaying and dying plant matter. They are great algae eaters and clean up excess food and other decaying matter in your aquarium! With a general lifespan of about 1 year, these snails thrive best in small groups.
Malaysian Trumpet Snails require a good source of calcium in order to keep their shell healthy and growing thick. We offer our Malaysian Trumpet Snails constant access to a Cuttle Bone to supplement the necessary calcium they need to grow. Our MTS (Malaysian Trumpet Snails) are also fed Invert Aquatic's Micro Mix, a mixture of Algae Discs and Sinking Pellets, which is a great daily staple for almost all bottom feeding creatures. We also occasionally offer blanched zucchini and other softened veggies.
MTS are a unique aquarium snail because they like to bury themselves in your aquariums substrate. Generally they will hide during the day and become more active at night. If you have a sand substrate this can be especially useful because they stir up sand and break up any pockets of decaying matter that are hard to manually notice or clean. Another unique trait these snails have is that they are live bearing invertebrates. This means they give birth to live young, versus most snails who lay eggs sacks. Please note they will breed incredibly rapidly and controlling their population can be difficult.
Malaysian Trumpet Snails are hardy little creatures, when you first receive them, they often will stay hidden in their shells, sometimes appearing lifeless for hours on end. Usually after a day of acclimating in a new tank they will begin exploring. Dead snails will not hide in their shells, they will hang lifeless out of it. It is never good to try and force a snail open or out of its shell. They can easily be injured in trying.
** Do NOT Use Medications, Chemicals or Foods containing Copper - This is deadly to all Snails. Click HERE for more information about Copper-Free Foods **