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bohmert 08-19-2012 08:25 PM

loach suggestion
Hve snails in 20gal tank looking for suggestion of type of loach to get? Thanks for your help

jaysee 08-19-2012 08:31 PM

There is no loach that I can think of that will eat snails and be an appropriate choice for a small tank like that.

What kind of snails?

Snail populations are an indicator of how much you over feed. Rather than add fish to take care of the problem, it would be better for you to address the actual problem - over feeding. Cutting back will eventually get it under control. It's not a short term solution, but it's a solution for long term sustainability.

sidluckman 08-19-2012 08:41 PM

The tank is really too small for loaches. Even the small dwarf chain loach is not appropriate since it needs to be kept in groups of six to eight. Many are too large or aggressive. Some need to be in groups. You haven't said what other fish you own, so how could I recommend a loach even if I wanted to?

The best advice I have heard regarding snail control is to step up your water changes. Snails feed on detritus, so frequent and thorough removal of it restricts snail numbers.

I have noticed that at night, some snails migrate upward on the glass and decor. If you use this opportunity to siphon them out when they are exposed and within reach and you repeat this a few nights in a row, you will really put a dent in the snail population.

I am not a big fan of using fish as custodians or pest control officers. When the loach dispatches all the snails, what does it eat then? Do you even need it or want it, then? For the same reason that I never suggest that someone get a plecostomus to control algae (they never really do it, anyway) I really can't recommend that you buy a loach either.

sidluckman 08-19-2012 08:42 PM

Jaysee you crack me up!

bohmert 08-19-2012 09:01 PM

dont know the kind but they are small had to of came with plants added thanks of the feeding tip ican do that and i sat and read all the loach profile and had came to the conclusion. I didnt think that tank was big enough either Have three male platies two glofish, and 30ish platy/mollies fry 2 banjo catfish. Rehomed all my female and babies will be rehomed as soon as they are big enough.

jaysee 08-19-2012 09:05 PM

are they malaysian trumpet snails, pond snails or rams horn snails?

bohmert 08-19-2012 09:13 PM

i have no idea i am new to this

sidluckman 08-19-2012 09:20 PM

Describe the shape of the shell. Curled up in a spiral like a cinnamon bun? Long and pointed and cone shaped?

Or look up the names on-line that Jaysee just provided and see if anything looks familiar.

bohmert 08-19-2012 09:24 PM

just looked those names up no the maylasia and ram. Similar to pond when light is on shell it has a difinite gold shine to it

Update justlooked for more pics of snails. Pretty sure it is a pond snail...??? Does that help? Thanks

Byron 08-20-2012 07:13 PM

Pond snails are beneficial, though Malaysian Livebearing are even more-so due to their burrowing throughout the substrate. These snails eat everything organic that is dead, so they are good helpers in a healthy aquarium. I have hundreds, several hundred in some of my larger tanks, and I do not overfeed so obviously they are getting food somehow. But they break it down into smaller bits that the bacteria than then more easily handle. I agree with others that if there are more than what you want to see, remove some manually.


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