04-12-2009, 07:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Daga Taga
I think I will try the Loaches. How do they do with live plants? I have barbs and and Algae eater too I read they are compatible, is this true? Thanks everyone this forum has helped us out tremendously!
Clown Loaches grow to 12 inches, although in aquaria usually max out at 6-7 because they get stunted from too small a space. Not good to get such largish fish just to control snails, and certainly not if you are not prepared to house them adquately when they grow.
As Lupin said, there's too much food for them. They will scavenge leftovers (which is why they are good in my opinion) but also eat algae. It used to be said that they ate plants, but lately aquarists are no longer subscribing to that theory; they don't eat my plants. If you have soft slightly acidic water they will not get out of control, they don't fare as well as they do in harder alkaline water because the calcium for their shells is lacking in softer water. I have a healthy population of pond snails and malaysian livebearing snails, and they're never a problem. They're part of a balanced ecosystem--but you have to keep it balanced.