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Marbles21
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PostPosted: 2007.01.12(Fri)20:03    Post subject: Loaches Reply with quote

is there a certain kind of loach that eats more snails or likes them better, or do all loaches like them the same?
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Flame Angel
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PostPosted: 2007.01.12(Fri)20:58    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think that the clown loaches and yoyo loaches are the best for eating snails.
Also kulhi loaches are supposed to be alright, but clownies and yoyos are the best.
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ceci9293
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PostPosted: 2007.01.12(Fri)23:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just be sure to look up max sizes and tank preferences etc for them before you go buy one! Clown loaches are on the big size of loachdom and yoyos are on the small side.
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PostPosted: 2007.01.12(Fri)23:46    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, clown loaches get big and like to be with other clown loaches, so unless you have a really big tank and can fit a small shoal of clowns in, I'd go for the yoyos.
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Bob
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PostPosted: 2007.01.13(Sat)16:27    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think almost all Loaches eat snails.

We have four tanks, three of them have snails, the one that doesn't has Zebra Loaches, they only get to 3 inches, look great in a shoal.

Great little fish.

If you have a snail population explosion, it is normally a sign of too much food going into the tank, cut the food down and the snails will keep their population in check be breeding less.

Bob
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IrishB44
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PostPosted: 2007.01.14(Sun)9:19    Post subject: Reply with quote

flame_angel11 wrote:
I think that the clown loaches and yoyo loaches are the best for eating snails.
Also kulhi loaches are supposed to be alright, but clownies and yoyos are the best.



I am relatively new to the aquarium hobby, but I really enjoy it. I have a 30 gallon with 3 small african cichlids, all around an inch, what kind of loach do you think I would need to clean up the bottom? I have a few snails as well, some feedback would be great thanks.
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Bob
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PostPosted: 2007.01.14(Sun)14:32    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello IrishB44

What African Cichlids do you have? I am not an African specalist, but I do know most of them are kept in slightly different ways to most other fish.

Malawi Cichlids are often kept in large "Overstocked" tanks with only other Malawi Cichlids, to cut down on aggression, they are not normally kept with other fish apart from synodontis catfish.

Just pick out your few snails and cut down on the feeding would be my advise, and post something about your stocking in the Cichlid section.

Bob
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