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Old 06-15-2013, 09:42 AM   #1
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What's the best snail eating loach or other?

Help my friends! I have a 29g heavily advanced plant tetra tank. I have lost the battle against those D*** pond snails. I have hundreds of tiny little white babies all over the place. I got 6 assassin snails but they aren't making a dent in them. What is the best snail eating loach or fish? Or do I need to resort to a thermonuclear detonation? LOL Thanks guys for your help. OS.
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Old 06-15-2013, 10:48 AM   #2
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I have yoyo loaches who ate their way through an entire 66g tank infested with pond snails in less than a fortnight. Though I'm not sure 29g is sufficient size-wise for them. Maybe someone can tell you for sure.
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Old 06-15-2013, 11:47 AM   #3
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for your tank size i would say that either the polkadot loach or dojo loach would be best. i believe the minimum tank size for 1 of both types is a 20 gallon so you could probably fit 3 of either loach in your tank. definately do research before you make any purchases.
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My yo-yo loaches absolutely love pond snails and keep mine under control. These are my favorite and great for littler tanks (they are overpriced here)...Tropical Fish for Freshwater Aquariums: Sidthimunki Botia Loach.
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Old 06-15-2013, 12:56 PM   #5
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I have three dojo loaches mine have never ate a snail, my yoyo on the other hand destroys them! I have more empty shells than snails now.
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Old 06-15-2013, 02:48 PM   #6
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yo yo loaches listed as semi-aggressive.

Would this loach be OK with neon and rummy nose tetras and Julie corys?
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Old 06-15-2013, 03:00 PM   #7
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Semi aggressive? Didn't know that. Mine play, are a little rambunctious like little puppies, but spend almost all their time with their noses in the gravel searching for food, or lounging about on their backs. Playful certainly, but I wouldn't call mine aggressive.
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OS I think most loaches are listed semi-aggressive. You know my stock and the loaches have never bothered other fish, only their own kind.
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Old 06-15-2013, 06:05 PM   #9
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The link Rivercats gave was for the the dwarf loach, this one is the yoyo:


http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/p...09&pcatid=1109
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OK, thanks guys. I will get one with confidence now thanks to your inputs. OS.
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