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post #1 of 13 Old 03-10-2013, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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snail cleaning crew for south american tank

I have a 55 gal south american tank with 5 diamond tetre and four dwarf cichlids. Problem is I have a snail infestation from plants (snail free, not egg free" I have researched and found little information as to what I can use (animal wise) to get rid of the pests. I would like to stick with a fish of some sort, but would also like to keep with the Amazon biotope. Any ideas?
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post #2 of 13 Old 03-10-2013, 07:18 PM
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You could buy assassin snails.. Try making sure no food is left behind. The big snail eaters are loaches and they are from Asia.

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post #3 of 13 Old 03-10-2013, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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I put a zebra loach in the tank last week, he is doing his share, but he is not amazonian...oh well, guess assasin snails are the way to go. I don't overfeed, only what they can eat in about 4 minutes. Got to love this hobby, it is an education as well as fun....
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post #4 of 13 Old 03-11-2013, 08:45 AM
I was thinking of getting assassin snails as i have the start of a snail problem, but i also have Amano shrimp and i have heard tales of the Assassins eating shrimp, maybe not common practice but if there's a chance not sure i will risk it.

Will try the lettuce trick first.
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I have a 55 gal south american tank with 5 diamond tetre and four dwarf cichlids. Problem is I have a snail infestation from plants (snail free, not egg free" I have researched and found little information as to what I can use (animal wise) to get rid of the pests. I would like to stick with a fish of some sort, but would also like to keep with the Amazon biotope. Any ideas?
I just do nothing.

and in 6 months to a year all you have left is a few snails.


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maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

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Zebra loaches are schooling fish that develop complex social structures. It is not any more advisable to keep one of them, than it is to keep just one tetra, barb, danio, or any other schooling fish for that matter. The fact that the fish performs a "job" does not change that. Assassin snails are your answer.
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I just do nothing.

and in 6 months to a year all you have left is a few snails.


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Hopefully you are meaning just a few snails are left, but all my fish will still be there. At least that is how I am taking it.
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Zebra loaches are schooling fish that develop complex social structures. It is not any more advisable to keep one of them, than it is to keep just one tetra, barb, danio, or any other schooling fish for that matter. The fact that the fish performs a "job" does not change that. Assassin snails are your answer.
Ok snails it is then, I do have 5 more loaches on order at my lfs, I took the last one they had, should be hearing from them tomorrow. My plan is to transfer to my 40 Gal community tank once the snail problem was under control.
One question about the assassin snail though, will it eat other food besides snails. I have not kept snails in an aquarium (purposefully).
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If you are getting more loaches then you don't need the assassin snails. It's just that it's pretty common to see someone get A loach to "handle" their snail problem. Glad to hear you are getting more - they are very cool fish. They make an audible clicking noise you can hear clear across the room - first time I heard it I thought the tank was cracking :)

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
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I wont be able to hear it as I have a 80% hearing loss, but I will surely be amused watching my sons' reactions to it. I love to watch the yoyo loaches I have in my community tank. The social behavior is very interesting to watch.
Sorry for being unclear on the loaches, I am the type who does not buy an animal just for a purpose, but I research the heck out of them. Twenty years ago, however, I bought whatever I found interesting, learned the hard way that is not the way to go.
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