Originally Posted by corigan
I've been looking into getting a good snail busting loach for my 55G. I definately am not going to be getting clowns since they would get huge. I heard yo-yo's can tend to be aggressive and you should keep them in groups of 3 or more to not stress them out. Was wondering what people's experiences were with the yo-yo loaches and their aggression towards other fish in a community tank. I also have been looking into zebra loaches since someone suggested those as being a good community loach to me that will bust snails and not get rather large, but I've also read stories of aggression from those as well. Any comments would be greatly appreciative due to the fact that I want to get my snail patrol in effect as soon as possible.. :mrgreen:
For that same reason I have been staying away from Clown loaches, they can potentially reach a foot length, and even if that never happens in small tanks doesn't make it any more justified to keep them there.
I have good experiences with Yoyos (B. lohachata). They are very friendly towards my other fishies, which include Rams, Pearl Gouramies, and other peaceful fish. They are all over them, trying to pull food even out of others mouths, but I have never seen them agressive. They grew quickly to about 3 inches, not sure how large they will get in time. You should get at least 3 as they like to be in groups.
They need to be entertained... if they get really bored they start to look for something to do, like clicking holes in broadleafed plants, digging for fertilizer sticks, or laying motionless upside down in the plants just to surprise you.
They take care of snails quickly, as a matter of fact I feed them pond snails from the pond and another snail-infested tank. Surprisingly I have MTS which are either not to their taste, or are safe because they come only out at night...