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post #1 of 10 Old 03-28-2010, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
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Loaches with Assasin Snails

Currently have a 30 gallon tank setup with 9 Black Neon Tetra and 10 Neon Tetra. I added 3 assassin snails back in December to the tank to help with pond snail control. Even with manual removal, I still have quite a few pond snails. I have been told to add a couple of loaches to counter the snails, however, after spending the money on assassin snails, I'm afraid that the loaches will eat them too.

Would it be wise to remove the Assassin snails from the tank (sell or trade them) before adding loaches to the tank?
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post #2 of 10 Old 03-29-2010, 12:04 AM
i don't know about assassin snails, but my loaches eat all snails except my nerite snails. maybe because of their body type. other members have cautioned that their loaches eat all kinds of inverts. mine pretty much eat everything. even a couple of my plants : ) but it's okay because i like watching them. but they'll definitely control your snail population!

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post #3 of 10 Old 03-30-2010, 02:07 PM
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Your Loaches will eat your Assassin snails. They need to be moved.
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post #4 of 10 Old 03-31-2010, 03:22 AM
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What kind of loaches are you thinking of? Kuhlis won't eat snails, for example.

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post #5 of 10 Old 04-03-2010, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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I've been eyeballing some Zebra Loaches. They stay small enough that 3 or 4 in a 30 gallon tank, they will be fine.
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post #6 of 10 Old 04-04-2010, 03:21 AM
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Yep, those will eat snails. A group of at least six would be really neat.

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post #7 of 10 Old 04-12-2010, 11:20 PM
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If you want to combine snails and loaches, your best bet is kuhli loaches.

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post #8 of 10 Old 04-28-2010, 11:02 PM
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kuhli loaches dont eat snails im sorry to say, i have 4 angelicus loaches in my 55g and had 4 assasin snails, the loaches killed 1, they spawned 2 more baby snails (for a total of 5 :), and i decided to remove them and put the snails in a diff tank. i wouldn't recomend mixing them.
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No one said kuhli loaches eat snails. It's exactly why we suggested as the best choice compatible with snails.

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post #10 of 10 Old 04-29-2010, 01:33 PM
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i understand this point, but i do believe she was asking about getting loaches to eat the pond snail, hence why i notified not to use kuhli loaches
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