dwarf chain loaches eating snails?

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lethalcustoms00

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thats really it. will dwarf chain loaches eat snails? my 180 i sso over run with mts that my filters cant hardly run without being stopped up with them. i really need something to eat these down to a reasonable number. the tank is a heavily planted, community tank. so if anyone has a suggestion that isnt a yo yo or a clown, please let me know
 

jpappy789

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I had mts with sids and noticed a few empty shells here and there, but to be quite honest I really doubt they put much of a dent in the overall population. They just multiply so quickly. A much better way to keep them in line would be to cut down on feeding and/or up your maintenance so there isn't a lot of extra food lying around.
 

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Get a common pleco.
 

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My sids ate pond snails but I still had them in the filters. A prefilter is a good idea although I get a few pond snails even with them, not sure if MTS are as determined to get through foam. The only loaches I have had lately with MTS that ate them are histrionicas but they're kinda hard on some plants.
 

lethalcustoms00

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i have used prefilter in the past, and while that does sow them down, it doesnt stop them. and them being in the filters is only half the problem. a common pleco is out of the question for my tank, and i cant see how it would clean up a snail population too. I already have a royal, 2 emporers, 2 blue panaque, 1 rubbernose, 1 blue seam, and several bushynose in the tank. i dont want any losches that willget real big, yo yos woyuld be the biggest i want in the tank. im mostly looking for suggestions for a smaller loach that i can obtain in the states.
 

jpappy789

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i have used prefilter in the past, and while that does sow them down, it doesnt stop them. and them being in the filters is only half the problem. a common pleco is out of the question for my tank, and i cant see how it would clean up a snail population too. I already have a royal, 2 emporers, 2 blue panaque, 1 rubbernose, 1 blue seam, and several bushynose in the tank. i dont want any losches that willget real big, yo yos woyuld be the biggest i want in the tank. im mostly looking for suggestions for a smaller loach that i can obtain in the states.
what type of prefilter did you use? Never found any in my HOBs using one like this...

http://www.thatpetplace.com/pet/group/14583/product.web
Get a common pleco.
If your common pleco eats MTS then it has an identity problem...:rolleyes:
 

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what about dwarf pea puffers, not sure? no experience,

yoyos work great, but you said no, so i would try zebras or skunks?

assassins are great and +3 on covering the filter intake
 
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