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Clown Loaches and Snails

Discussion in 'General Freshwater' started by mikekomm, Nov 24, 2010.

  1. mikekomm

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    My understanding is that clown loaches eat snails. I just purchased some olive nerite snails that are supposedly great algae eaters. Some are very small like 1/4" in diameter. First, do clown loaches eat only baby snails or do they go after larger snails 1/2" to 1" in diameter?

    Any help is appreciated.
     
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    I havent had any problems with my dojo and my Tiger Nerites
     
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    They will try to eat them if they are that small. I wouldn't chance it myself.
     
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    they would most likely eat them. cl also get large and are a schooling fish. other options out there that should work for you.
     
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    Well depending on the size of the clowns, yes and no. Young clowns simply aren't big enough to take down a full grown nerite but an adult wouldn't hesitate to eat them.
     
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    Even if they can't eat them, the loaches may harass them or nip them whenever the snails try to feed. It's just not a good combo.
     
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    Thanks for all the replies. I have 3 tanks with algae. There seem to be many opinions on what are the best algae eating snails / fish. I have regular plecostemus (doesn't eat much), bushy nose plecostemus (not much better) mystery snails (worthless) and just got the olive nerites (seem to be better algae eaters)..... any other ideas?
     
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    would be better if you found out the cause of the algae and made changes to keep the algae from forming, instead of buying critters in the hopes that they would eat it.

    what is your lighting? how long do you leave it on for? does your tank get sunlight on it?
     
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    None of the tanks get direct sunlight. The lights are on for about 8 hours a day. They are 6500K compact lights. There are live plants in each tank and yeast type CO2 generator.
     
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    have you tried cutting out the co2? or lessening the time the lights are on for?
     
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