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Botias that don't eat snails...do they exist?

Discussion in 'Loaches' started by MaryHM, Nov 2, 2010.

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    If so, what species?
     
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    Sorry ALL loaches eat snails, if small enough.
     
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    Bummer. That's what I was afraid of. :(
     
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    What kind of snails are you thinking of adding?

    Rachel (MsJinkzd) had some loaches, Yunnanilus cruciatus, which would probably be fine with larger snails. You should ask her to make sure, though...
     
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    Well, I plan on having some South American Puffers and don't want something out competing them for their snails.
     
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    JUST add more and more and more and more...
     
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    Dwarf chain loaches do not eat snails. I had a large herd of about 48 of them in a tank where there were many ramshorns.
     
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    Two Comments:

    - Most puffers should not be kept in a community setting- ie with most other fish. they can get very nasty

    Yasuhikotakia sidthimunki -aka dwarf chain loach most certainly do eat snails However, they are a tiny loach and so will only eat small snails. I have had about a dozen of these guys for many years and have removed tons of empty snail shells from their tanks.
     
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    Just my experience with puffers and SA's in specific...you will need to breed snails in another tank. By the bucket load. It won't matter if they're the only snail eating fish in the tank--they will get them first, and they will empty the tank. Loaches can go after the snails, but the puffers will get there first almost every time.
     

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