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post #1 of 8 Old 05-09-2007, 08:50 AM Thread Starter
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Thinking of getting loaches to help with my snails

So we have the apparently standard problem of snails now in our tank! I have been reading about loaches doing the dirty work of eating them and was thinking of getting one or two to start in on the population. I was thinking of getting them anyway, so I guess it's just sooner rather than later! My question is- do they need to be kept in any specific numbers? Can I just get one, or would two be better? Don't want unhappy loaches! Need them to be nice and happy so they can eat my stupid snails!

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post #2 of 8 Old 05-09-2007, 08:54 AM
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Is it clown loaches you're looking at getting? If so, they are much more comfortable being kept in groups. What size is your tank?
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post #3 of 8 Old 05-09-2007, 09:18 AM Thread Starter
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I've got a 30 gallon. I'm not partial to any particular loach (they're all neat) but was considering clown loaches. We're hoping to upgrade to a larget tank in 6 months to a year so I was thinking they'd be ok as long as we upgrade size to a 50+ gallon at least.

Thanks for your help! It's much appreciated!!
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post #4 of 8 Old 05-09-2007, 09:24 AM
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What else is in the tank? Yo-Yo loaches are pretty cool. Some other non-loach snail eaters are puffers, and sailfin millies. (not trying to turn you off to loaches, just letting you know your options)
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post #5 of 8 Old 05-09-2007, 09:26 AM
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In a 30g, or 50g, I'd recommend kuhlies. They like to be kept in groups, but will eat snails as well. :)
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post #6 of 8 Old 05-09-2007, 09:49 AM Thread Starter
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Right now, just a handful of tetras, but they're actually getting ready to be moved to a 10 gallon. I'm going to stock the 30 with a couple of cichlids, which I hear also eat an occasional snail. That's why I was thinking of loaches. I heard they do pretty well with cichlids.

When you say groups of loaches, is that anything specific? 2, 3, 100? Does it matter?
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post #7 of 8 Old 05-09-2007, 09:56 AM
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I think clowns need 5-6 which would be too much for a 50g, whereas Kuhlies do well in 3-4 and this would be fine for a 30g or a 50g.
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post #8 of 8 Old 05-09-2007, 11:00 AM
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Kuhlis or Skunk botias. I have Botias in with swords and they will eat any snails I give them. Never bothered the other fish although it is said they can be aggressive.
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