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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 04-15-2008, 03:15 AM Thread Starter
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snails and Loaches

just i have some Japanese Trap door snails that i would like to keep but have an explosion of ram horn and MTS that i would like to keep down does any one know a dwarf loaches will not bother the trap door snails (there like the size of a dime now but get bigger)

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I thought JTD snails had very hard shells so a lot of loaches only poke at them. Or maybe its another breed of snail.
I bought kuhli's just because I like them. They don't eat snail. Then I had an explosion of pond snails. I tore the tank down but thought if they return I might try Sids (Dwarf Botia--Yasuhikotakia sidthimunki). They are very little but are suppose to be fun to watch. If they eat big snails I have not found that out.
Here is a pic of them:
http://www.franksaquarium.com/brookstreamloaches.htm
prices vary for this breed so be ware.

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that was what i was thinking of getting seeing as my LFS has like 4 of them.

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i'll let you now i think i'll end up picking them up this week if i can get a ride from my friend while my cars in the shop

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MTS will not be eaten by Loaches. Loaches cannot break the shell to get to the snails soft body.


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even baby ones?

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Real young ones but if they are easily identified from a distance without getting too close the tank no.


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cant the loaches flip the snails over and suck them out? i remember when i had clown loaches you can hear them sucking the the gravel pretty loudly.
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You would think but the loaches dont. I learned that the hard way at my previous work. We had one tank filled with MTS and the loaches did not even bother.


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pwnd?????lol kinda slow right now....sick.


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My yoyo loach LOVED MTS. My clown loaches, however, couldn't seem to care less about them ATM?





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how will clown loaches do with mystery snails and spixi snails? i want both snails but want clown loaches too ...also how do they do with shrimp?
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how will clown loaches do with mystery snails and spixi snails? i want both snails but want clown loaches too ...also how do they do with shrimp?
My mystery snail was in the tank when I used to have clown loaches and they never bothered her. She went from about the size of a nickel to over the size of a quarter. Occasionally they would knock her off the side of the glass but never did more than that. Don't know about spixi snails...never had them.

Now shrimp on the other hand didn't last more than about 5 minutes.


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