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post #21 of 26 Old 02-04-2013, 02:38 PM
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Now I've never kept a Loach ever!.... and I have a ton of snails but my understanding, and the reason I have not kept them, is that they need to be in a group... I don't want to add 4-5 of something that will eat all the snails and then I don't have enough food for the Loaches. Am I trading one problem for another? Please fill me in on what happens when the snails are all gone.

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post #22 of 26 Old 02-04-2013, 03:22 PM
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Now I've never kept a Loach ever!.... and I have a ton of snails but my understanding, and the reason I have not kept them, is that they need to be in a group... I don't want to add 4-5 of something that will eat all the snails and then I don't have enough food for the Loaches. Am I trading one problem for another? Please fill me in on what happens when the snails are all gone.
Yah, adding fish to fix a problem is not great unless you wanted the fish anyway but you are not really trading one problem for another as the loaches don't NEED snails to eat. You then have a troupe of loaches to care for, that's all.

Now that I think about it, I don't recall seeing any of my trumpet snails since adding the catfish (not corys but similar)... do corys and small cats eat small snails?

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I can tell you for sure that corys do not eat snails. I've got 9 in my 75 gallon and my snails are doing just fine :)

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post #24 of 26 Old 02-04-2013, 08:42 PM
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I bought 2 Loachs. One died in a month or two from a mouth fungus from digging in the gravel. The 2nd one is now about 1 1/2 years old and is about 2 1/2" long. I rarely ever see a snail and guess if i do, it came in with a new plant.
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I can tell you for sure that corys do not eat snails. I've got 9 in my 75 gallon and my snails are doing just fine :)
I found a trumpet snail tonight... I guess they are just hiding really well lately.

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post #26 of 26 Old 02-04-2013, 10:14 PM
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Ever since I put a Loach in my 60gal the snails are gone.
Clown loaches fixed my snail circumstance, but they get really big though, so maybe Zebra Loaches Get your self 2 loaches, bye bye snail issue, I promise.

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