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frdfandc 03-28-2010 09:39 PM

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?

stephanieleah 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!

eileen 03-30-2010 02:07 PM

Your Loaches will eat your Assassin snails. They need to be moved.

iamntbatman 03-31-2010 03:22 AM

What kind of loaches are you thinking of? Kuhlis won't eat snails, for example.

frdfandc 04-03-2010 08:44 PM

I've been eyeballing some Zebra Loaches. They stay small enough that 3 or 4 in a 30 gallon tank, they will be fine.

iamntbatman 04-04-2010 03:21 AM

Yep, those will eat snails. A group of at least six would be really neat.

Lupin 04-12-2010 11:20 PM

If you want to combine snails and loaches, your best bet is kuhli loaches.

vince0 04-28-2010 11:02 PM

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.

Lupin 04-29-2010 09:27 AM

No one said kuhli loaches eat snails. It's exactly why we suggested as the best choice compatible with snails.

vince0 04-29-2010 01:33 PM

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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