Snails vs Plants

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    Hi Guys how can you get rid of those small snails. Some say that the Clown Loach is a snail eater. Do any of you have any experience in this? I dont want to go the medicine route if there are alternatives available. :eek:
     
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    What snails, how big is your tank?
     
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    Hi

    All the loaches ( botia's - clown,skunk, stripped etc ) will eat snails and are great to clear them.

    But beware, you need to keep at least 3 of them so that they can keep each other busy. Plus they need space to establish their own patch of space.
    They are mostly nocturnal and need hiding places.

    Also, don't keep fancy tailed fish ( guppies, siamese fighters etc ). with them as they nip and generally terrorise such fish to death.

    Love mine yoo hoo snail free.

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    clown loaches are potentially destructive creatures with your plants and substrate, perhaps rather go for one of the other loach varieties .. heard the Pakistani loach and various botias do a great snail reducing job..
     
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    Best loaches for a planted tank is zebra loaches, I have angels, a fighter etc and they do not bother them they actually very shy but you have to keep them 6 or more
     
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    Yup - the little Zebra loach best at the job by far....
     
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    Re: Re: Snails vs Plants

    +1 but that extends to all loaches IMO..
     
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    on the other hand what actual harm to say ramshorn snails do in a tank, they don't seem to eat the plants just the scum off them. Ok, they do seem to make a large amount of droppings which can't help the bioload, but do they do any good for the tank system I wonder, apart from feed the loaches ?
     
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    Zebra loaches do NOT poke holes in plants at all...their small size makes them perfect for the planted tank
     
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    I Have a 50 l tank. I dont really know the snails. They quite small with round flat shells. In my bigger tank I have Khuli Loaches will they do the job? I am not familiar with Zebra loaches. Are they freely available?
     
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    Stefan, I have 3 Yoyo loaches which should do the job. You can have them for R30 each if you are interested. When the snails are cleared and you don't want them anymore, you can take them to a petshop or whatever you want. I am in Melkbosstrand.
     
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    Kribensis and golden barbs work just fine for snail removal.
     
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    I have kuhli loaches and I suspect they eat some of the eggs but not nearly enough to keep my nerite infestation in check.

    My best way is to every morning after lights on to pick the glass clean of any snails that wander to the top. With a planted tank snails will come and go all the time.
     
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    Re: Re: Snails vs Plants

    Haha my sentiments exactly...
     
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    I know that clown loaches will pretty much rock your snail population into oblivion but they also can grow to something ridiculous like 30-40cm long so in your tank I wouldn't put them in there. Rather get one of the smaller botias mentioned in this thread like the zebra's.

    From all my research, Kuhli loaches aren't snail eaters though. I have heard that lettuce is a brilliant snail detergent so to speak as they climb onto and eat it and after about 8-24hrs you can take the lettuce out with the snails on it and remove them that way.
     

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