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post #21 of 38 Old 02-15-2008, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
Yes, I know. I just didn't want to overload the filter.

They don't touch my 3 platies, or he doesn't. My 1 Tiger Barb nips and chases all of the other Tiger Barbs in the tank, and everyone else is trying to hide. Poor fishies. :( I dont want to isolate him, but I will if push comes to shove.
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post #22 of 38 Old 02-15-2008, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
Argh, I might have to get some sort of loach. I am having a freaking snail outbreak. I would get a clown loach, but I don't want to harm the fish by possible stunting its growth. Thoughts?
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post #23 of 38 Old 02-15-2008, 08:12 PM
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i like dojo loaches (maybe gold dojo loaches?)... I've got four of them in my 20 gal, and they're pretty funny fish. They do like each others' company though, so you should get several if you decide to get them. I'm pretty sure that they eat snails, though I don't have any snails in that tank, so I don't know that from experience.

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post #24 of 38 Old 02-15-2008, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
I know my LFS carries at least 3 types of loaches - Clown, Yoyo, and another Botia that closely resembles the Yoyo. I forget its name.

Well, I have some good news (I think). My dominant Tiger Barb is starting to relax a bit. I went to check on them and feed them, and they were all shoaling again. I think I got some Bipolar Barbs.
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post #25 of 38 Old 02-16-2008, 06:58 PM
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glad to hear things are going well with your tiger barbs. as for loaches, i would stay away from clown loaches, they get too big as you said, some smaller ones that you could get would be...

skunk loach, orange finned loach, dwarf chained loach, zebra loach, and kuhli loach although i dont know if kuhlis eat snails.

well good luck!
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post #26 of 38 Old 02-16-2008, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
And my dominant Barb is now harassing everyone again...


I need 2 more soon.

I would add some Chain Loaches, but I can't find any. I might go to Yoyos is I have to.
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post #27 of 38 Old 02-17-2008, 08:06 AM
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you could order the loaches on line or ask your lfs to order some for you.
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post #28 of 38 Old 02-17-2008, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
I don't want to spend 30 bucks shipping for a fish on-line. Plus, I live in Colorado, and it is very cold here. Even though there is a Guarantee, I would rather go somewhere and buy it.

Something funny hapened last night. So I was getting some more snails out of my tank again, and I accidently dropped one. All of my Tiger Barbs rushed to it and tried to eat it, but I guess the shell was too hard. So I got anoter snail and crushed its shell. I dropped that in, and there was a feeding frenzy. I guess I know how to give them protein. :)

If only I could train them to eat the snails.

Anyone know if Peacock Eels eat snails?

I was suggested to get a little cup and place it in my tank, and put an algea wafer in it. Then, when the snails start falling in, I take the cup out and dispose the snails (or feed them to my Barbs). Thoughts? I don't know if I would want to keep my Loaches because I already have plans for other fish that would take up the 30" of space.
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post #29 of 38 Old 02-17-2008, 11:16 AM
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Another way to rid yourself of snails is to put a weighed down lettuce leaf in overnight and then lift it out in the morning.
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post #30 of 38 Old 02-17-2008, 11:23 AM Thread Starter
Would that work as well with a lettuce clip?

Would I need to boil the lettuce?
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