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best fish for eating snails

whats the best fish that will eat snails but not attack other fish?
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Puffer fish? They eat the whole thing, shell and all. Some loaches eat snail, but they only suck the body out so you'll have empty shells left.
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loaches...I think a puffer will attack other fishes



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not a fish....but what about assassin snails! i've never had any b/c i have loaches, but always wanted some.

My zebra and chain loaches do a pretty good job of snail control.
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well i still want shells so i think loach.. what kind? and assassins will attack other things wont they?
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well i still want shells so i think loach.. what kind? and assassins will attack other things wont they?
i'm pretty sure they only eat snails, but hey i could definitely be wrong.

My zebra loaches do a fine job. As do dwarf chain loaches. Clown loaches are great too, but they get enormous (very slowly).

The key to snail control, whether using loaches or not, is to not feed too much. Feed too much and you'll get an explosion of snails and some fat loaches that don't wanna work at eating snails.
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I could have sworn I saw on this forum that someone's assassin snails attacked their shrimp.
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oh yea, think i've heard that too. didn't realize OP had shrimp.
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hmmm ok
well whats the best loach everyone?
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i just bought a botia loach and a pokadot loach for my 60gal 4 snail control...see how they do
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There is no one best Loach.

Loaches are social fish and will do better in groups of 5+. If your tank is small, then there is not going to be enough room for that many more fish.

What size is the tank, and what are the current fish, shrimp and snails (if any pet snails)?

http://forums.loaches.com/

Number one best snail solution is to cut the feeding in half. Really! If your tank has that many snails, you are feeding them. Feed only enough that the fish will be hungry and clean the tank better.
Then, from that half, feed a rotation of fresh or lightly cooked vegetables or a little fruit. These are fine for the fish to eat, and the snails will be attracted to them, too. Feed these in the evening, then scoop out the snails in the morning.
One of the best I have found is a thin slice of orange. The fish like the part we eat, the snails collect on the rind.

Another method: Pinch the snail and put it back into the tank. Quite a few fish like escargots, they just need help opening the package. If this works, then instead of reaching for the jar of fish food, pop a few snails as a meal once in a while.

As a first approach to snail control your feeding schedule might look like this:
2 days per week, AM: Flakes or other more or less floating food.
2 days per week, AM: Vegie or fruit for fish through the day, the remnant is bait for snails.
2 days per week, AM: pop snails.
1 day per week: no food.
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Right on the money!!!


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There is no one best Loach.

Loaches are social fish and will do better in groups of 5+. If your tank is small, then there is not going to be enough room for that many more fish.

What size is the tank, and what are the current fish, shrimp and snails (if any pet snails)?

http://forums.loaches.com/

Number one best snail solution is to cut the feeding in half. Really! If your tank has that many snails, you are feeding them. Feed only enough that the fish will be hungry and clean the tank better.
Then, from that half, feed a rotation of fresh or lightly cooked vegetables or a little fruit. These are fine for the fish to eat, and the snails will be attracted to them, too. Feed these in the evening, then scoop out the snails in the morning.
One of the best I have found is a thin slice of orange. The fish like the part we eat, the snails collect on the rind.

Another method: Pinch the snail and put it back into the tank. Quite a few fish like escargots, they just need help opening the package. If this works, then instead of reaching for the jar of fish food, pop a few snails as a meal once in a while.

As a first approach to snail control your feeding schedule might look like this:
2 days per week, AM: Flakes or other more or less floating food.
2 days per week, AM: Vegie or fruit for fish through the day, the remnant is bait for snails.
2 days per week, AM: pop snails.
1 day per week: no food.
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i have a 55g some shrimp (not really important), 3 fiddler crabs, and couple fish
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Are the fiddler crabs a brackish water critter? I am not familiar with them as fresh water livestock.

Anyway, in a 55 gallon tank Loaches that grow to about 3-4" are fine, to 5" not too bad if you choose the right species, and you can get enough to make a good social group. Do not just get some Loaches cause they eat snails, though. Get Loaches because they are showy, active, playful and fun fish. The snail eating is an added bonus.

Zebra Loaches, Botia striata are very good community fish, but they will eat shrimp. They will eat snails.
Botia Kubotai, will also eat snails, and grow to a bit larger than the Zebra Loaches. I have not kept shrimp with them, but I would not be surprised that any Loach that eats snails would not also eat shrimp.

I have linked the species index for Loaches. Botia and Yasuhilotakia are the better species of snail eating Loach, but Dojo, Kuhlie and other loaches will eat snails, too. The hillstream Loaches are not snail eaters. Each has its own requirements to thrive, so have a look around at what fish are available to you, and research before you buy.

http://www.loaches.com/species-index/species-index
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i just mainly need them to keep the snails i will be getting to a low population.
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