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Best fish to eradicate snails

I got some pea puffers... But I'm wondering if there is another route to get rid of them? I accidently introduced them a while back and stopped plucking them out.... It' happend during my move. It's almost been a month and they multiplied so fast and there's eggs all over my tank :/


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I put 4 skunk loaches in my snail infested angel tank and haven't seen a snail in a while. I didn't buy them just to eat the snails. I think they are cool too and wanted a snail eater/ cleaner.
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loaches for sure.
clown loach would be my choice!
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Clowns get huge look at yoyo loaches


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Tank size?

Assassin snails may be a better route to go. To have happy botias, you're gonna need 4 or more in the tank. Clowns are gonna grow to 12 inches or more, Yoyo's 5, Striata 4.

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+1 for loaches, most types of loaches will help control the snails and send them into hiding at the least.
I have 6 zebra loaches that put a hurting onthe snails in my 90 gallon, they completely took out ramshorns, and kept MTS under control and in the substrate until the lights went off.
zebra's stay very small, are very playful, friendly, and mine loved hiding in the caves in the wood as much as hiding inthe rocks.

so we would need more info on your setup, size other fish setup current etc
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Tank size?

Assassin snails may be a better route to go. To have happy botias, you're gonna need 4 or more in the tank. Clowns are gonna grow to 12 inches or more, Yoyo's 5, Striata 4.

But then the assassin snails will reproduce and you will have cleared the snails but will have a different type of snails instead.
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If you want to just address the issue. in my opinion clown loach is the best. Once your problem is over, Sell the loach or return it to your LFS b4 it gets too big
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One young clown loach in my 120 did the trick. He has to have eaten thousands of MTS by now. Really cool fish I enjoy him a lot, but they do get big I've seen monster clown loaches at pet stores.
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ian, I wouldn't go that route, as that its nearly impossible to completely clear out snails as that the eggs will be everywhere. It's best to have a long term solution short of tearing the whole tank down.

As for AS, I don't think they can reproduce in freshwater but I may be mistaken
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I have a little loach experience

8 Clowns all from 6-8" long, the YoYos are all about 4-5, one on the right is the biggest.
it takes a few years for them to get big, fat, and lazy.

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ian, I wouldn't go that route, as that its nearly impossible to completely clear out snails as that the eggs will be everywhere. It's best to have a long term solution short of tearing the whole tank down.

As for AS, I don't think they can reproduce in freshwater but I may be mistaken
they reproduce in freshwater, the ones that don't are nerites
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I have a little loach experience

8 Clowns all from 6-8" long, the YoYos are all about 4-5, one on the right is the biggest.
it takes a few years for them to get big, fat, and lazy.


Awesome tank! Loaches have really grown on me since I bought one over the summer. I love watching him eat snails, he's really thorough looking through moss on the driftwood. I just decided I need to buy at least two more, he needs friends besides the corys.
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ian, I wouldn't go that route, as that its nearly impossible to completely clear out snails as that the eggs will be everywhere. It's best to have a long term solution short of tearing the whole tank down.

As for AS, I don't think they can reproduce in freshwater but I may be mistaken
Nestle, I meant for it to be a quick start to eradicate the majority of the population. Followed by not overfeeding. But yes for long term, A gang of smaller loaches will also do the trick if you want to keep more fish
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Awesome tank! Loaches have really grown on me since I bought one over the summer. I love watching him eat snails, he's really thorough looking through moss on the driftwood. I just decided I need to buy at least two more, he needs friends besides the corys.
they really have great personalities and become cooler as they get bigger.
I really like how they weren't shy at all. I could put my hand in the tank and they would sit in my palm and eat.
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