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I'm wondering if I'm keeping a planted tank for the plants, fish or snails!!!
It seems that I have more snails than plants and fish!!! I hand picked at least 25 snails and the next day another 25 or so. And now it seems I can easily do it again today!!!

What is a good snail buster??? :?


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Ugh. I had the same problem, and then I got clown loaches. Now I couldn't have snails even if I wanted them. Actually, I did buy an apple snail once, and they even ganged up on him...

Unfortunately, as has been pointed out in another thread, they might damage some of your plants. Personally, I end up with little "O" shaped holes in my sword leaves, but not too destructive. And they tend to leave all my other plants alone. Other people have reported that they'll damage other plants as well.

If you can live with that, they're great fish to have. Good in community aquariums, active and cute as the dickens

Make sure you get a few tho -- they like being in groups.


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I kinda like my snails, i don't have a problem with them. Every time i go to the LFS, i ask em to toss in some snails. So i usually end up coming home with 15-20 of them.

I have mostly Malayan Trumpet Snails, but also maybe 5-10 large common pond snails and who knows how many little pond snails. I've also seen one small Ramshorn snail in my tank too.

Usually only the big guys live, so i have a constant population except for the occasional lucky guy that survives my convict cichlids. They do a good job of eating the smaller snails but cannot crack the shells of any of the larger pond snails or the MTS.

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2 new Clown Loaches cleaned out about 30 small snails in just 2 days.
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If clown loaches get to big for you and you cannot find yoyos at a reasonable price, try botia dario...queen loaches.

They look like small, skinny clown loaches and are very entertaining. They're also one hell of a snail patrol.

Keep in pairs or more. They like to snuggle when they sleep.
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I really do like the clown loach so maybe I'll be heading out to the LFS today and pick up a few. But will they do anything to my cories???


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Your cories will be fine with them. They are the greatest snail busters but can grow big.
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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:

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Just to let you know, clown loaches have a habit of making v-shaped impressions in your finer leaf plants.

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Reading about zebra loaches on Loaches.com they seem to be very similar in to Dario/queen loaches.

Likes same species company
Will fight with eachother, but not usually hurt eachother
Will school
Doesn't get too big
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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:

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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...



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Awesome, glad to hear you have had good experiences with them wasserpest. I might have to try to find some to special order somewhere myself, that or see if I can get my LFS to do it for me. I'm still looking to hear some other peoples experiences with yo-yo's and/or zebras. Thanks again for the info wasser. That is a great pic.

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I had a zebra loach. I should have gotten more...anyway, he didn't eat snails, but he was great to clean up any fish food that hit the bottom. Great personality and didn't fight with the other fish. He pretended to be a danio, but his stripes went the wrong way.

He had an accident and died young, so perhaps he would have eaten snails some day.
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