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post #11 of 14 Old 01-17-2012, 03:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Chris7 View Post
I don,t have room for a couple of clown loaches, but I read that the yoyo loach stays fairly small and does well by it's self and in a community tank? Does anybody know if this is true?
It is not advisable to buy fish to deal with snails. This can cause even more trouble. You don't mention your tank size, and loaches--whatever species--need to be in a group of 5-6. Not all species get along well with other fish. And their effectiveness in removing snails can vary even within species.

Manually removing snails is the only safe method. But as mentioned by others, snails are one of your best friends in maintaining a healthy aquarium. I have hundreds in my tanks, and I am glad they are there. They are performing tasks that I could not, no matter what.


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post #12 of 14 Old 01-18-2012, 12:04 AM Thread Starter
Thanks for the advice Byron, I'am just worried they might get out of control. My dad had an aquarium years ago and the snail population exploded and it was never the same. But I've been doing some research and I see what you and other people mean, they can really help your aquarium. I just hope I can keep them under control, I want a fish aquarium, not a snail aquarium. Oh by the way I have a 25 gallon tank. One other thing do they eat live plants?
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post #13 of 14 Old 01-18-2012, 06:55 AM
Snails generally will not eat a live healthy plant. They will eat dead or dying leaves though, so it may look like they are killing your plant at times, but in reality, the leaf may already be dying and softening up, which makes them suitable for the snails to eat.
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post #14 of 14 Old 01-18-2012, 03:31 PM
As said before, snails are very helpful. The overfeeding bit is kind of a double-edged sword, as the snails will cleanup any leftovers your fish leave, leaving a cleaner aquarium, but might make the snail population explode. But generally their pros outweighs their cons, so I say let the little buggers stay. You'll wont regret it.
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