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Old 02-03-2008, 06:02 AM   #1
 
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my tank is over crowded with snails any ideas how to get rid of them and i have 2 firemouths i was wandering if anyone knew if they would eat the snails because i thought i saw one eat one not sure though?
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Old 02-03-2008, 11:23 AM   #2
 
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You can use a very small bottle or test tube and put some boiled lettuce in the bottom of it to attract and trap them for easy removal. A population explosion like that is most often caused by overfeeding.
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Old 02-03-2008, 01:54 PM   #3
 
ok thanks i will do that
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Old 02-03-2008, 02:09 PM   #4
 
Clown Loaches should take care of the excessive snails.
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Old 02-03-2008, 02:22 PM   #5
 
cool 8)
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Old 02-03-2008, 02:36 PM   #6
 
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Loaches are a good option if the tank is big enough and they are compatable with your other fish. Skunk Botia loaches stay small but can be nasty fin nippers. Clown Loaches get over 12 inches long and really are not recommended for a tank smaller than 35 gallons if not much larger. Loaches also need to be kept in groups of at least 3 so you really have to make sure you have room and compatable fish. 3 Clown Loaches will need at least a 55.
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Old 02-06-2008, 12:52 AM   #7
 
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Clown Loaches should take care of the excessive snails.
Unless you know the tank size, inhabitants in it, filtration and water maintenance schedule of someone asking for help, I wouldn't suggest a fish to do the job.

Jackblack, could you please state your tank size, fish, filtration and water maintenance schedule? Loaches might be an option but I will not advise buying them unless all stats asked above are answered. Better options are the ones mentioned by fish_4_all. It will be a good idea as well if you share your feeding schedule.
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