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Old 11-04-2005, 03:44 PM   #1
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Will Yo-Yo loaches eat live snails?

Just out of curiosity, would they eat live snails that are over an inch in shell diameter?
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probably. their skinny noses let them get inside the shell and eat the meat.
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I haven't had luck with mine eating ones that are that big. I got yoyos because they were cool looking (and now have doubled in size!) and fit into my "India" tank, and I figured I could feed them some of the brown ramshorns that were multiplying in a guppy tank, but I have never actually seen them eat any snails. I have about 5-6 nickle sized ones in there and maybe 2-3 smaller ones, so I figure they are taking care of the little ones that I never even see.

So, IME, no, they don't eat the larger ones, but they will take care of most of the smaller ones that come from the big ones! =) HTH
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My Yo-Yo loach and my Angelique Loach don't bother my large mystery snail in any way. They do however keep any small snails in check.
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Alright. I've always had a bit of interest in the little guys but I don't want my snails getting eaten.
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Yeah I'd stay away from the yo yo's because even if they don't actually end up eating the snails they'll still pick at and harass them.
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