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tinymitymo 01-11-2007 08:01 PM

Zebra loach?
Hi all
I went to the lfs today to get some hornwart to float in my tank. The foxtail I had wasn't working as I kept having to pinch off brown bits and there wasn't much left.
I asked the guy if there were any snails on it as I ended up with a snail on another plant that has since created a small snail population explosion in my tank. He said I could get a zebra loach to eat the snails. I told him I thought my tank was too small at 28g and he said it would be fine.
Right now I'm cycling with 7 leopard danios, 2 mosquito fish and 6 cherry shrimp. Our plan was to add 4 corys next once we get nitrates. Then the goal was 6-8 rasboras and a dwarf gourami (will probably add one marble hatchet too as my son really wants one of them). Can you have one zebra in that size tank with that many other fish? Are they peaceful enough and would they compete for territory with the corys? I was tossing around the idea of a couple of otos for algae but not convinced.

St6_Devgru 01-11-2007 08:14 PM

loaches love company one loach wont be enough. they sometimes refuse to thrive by themselves. maybe consider other methods of snail control or make space for them. i have a 20 gal with 7 yoyo loaches and i think it would be ok for your tank. though it may be overstocked to some people. i have successfully controled my snail populus with my loaches in a matter of days =)

tophat665 01-11-2007 08:36 PM

He's right, you cannot have 1 zebra loach (by which I am assuming Botia striata) in any tank. You have to have at least 3 or they get neurotic (which is kind of pathetic in loaches). Even with three, they won't be as fun as they get in a group of 5. Botia striata top out around 4". Skip the corys and go for the loaches. Alternately if you have a soft bottom, word has it that Banjo Catfish eat snails too. (I wouldn't swear to it, though, as I have never kept one in a tank with a snail issue.) They're neat fish. Top out around 6", but spend most of the day buried in the substrate. Very fun to watch after lights out, though.

St6_Devgru 01-12-2007 12:24 PM

my loaches just stick there head in alittle into the gravel and sometimes jsut throw the sand around....its the finest sand that i could get.i didnt want beach sand :/ its not that fine but the smallest i could get. they irradicated all and i mean all my snails even the huge mommy snaill :( i saw it floating without its shell with its guts torn to shreds. oh more snails......that happened in about 1 week. the snail is extinct in my tank. oh and btw i got it from plants that i bought from my lfs. and maybe you shold purposely get snails to feed your loaches with. I LOVE IT WHEN MY YOYO LOACHES CLICK! they click when they eat. thats the only time i hear them click :/

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