I absolutely love Malaysian Trumpet Snails, despite some people not liking them. I personally breed these in my goldfish tank with white sand. Between these guys and my goldfish my white sand stays white with 0 cleaning. How do they keep it clean? They burrow into the sand during the day eating bits of food. When they burrow, they turn over the sand so detritus and algae can't settle on the sand.
When Malaysian Trumpet Snails burrow it's great for planted tanks. Burrowing allows the detritus that you would normally have to vacuum up, make its way down into your substrate. This is essentially added nutrients to the roots of your plants naturally. This also will loosen substrate around the roots of plants which promotes healthier roots.
One problem a lot of people have with these guys is they breed very quickly. I personally don't mind this, but you might. They also don't lay eggs, which I like because then you don't have to see them all over the aquarium.
Lastly during the day, you won't see these guys, they are nocturnal for the most part.
Malaysian Trumpet Snail Care:
Best kept between 70°f and 78°f.
Will eat leftover food from feeding your fish, algae, and detritus. They won't eat healthy plants, any dying plant mater they will clean up for you.
Will need calcium in diet or water.
When Receiving Snails:
- Place the snails in a corner of the tank and make a mental note where they were place
- Watch the snails over 7 days, if they do not move remove them from the aquarium
- Give the snails a smell and if they stink, then they are dead
- If they do not smell, add them back to the aquarium and give it another 3 days
- It is common for snails to burrow into the substrate and disappear from sight
- Sizes of snails will vary between 1/8"-1/2" in size