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alternatives to clown loaches for snail control
>So, what are other aquarists experience with other loaches that will >eat
I recently bought a pair of small loaches called Pakistani loaches (also
known as Yo-Yo loaches). I did not buy them for snail control, but they
decimated my population of red ramshorn snails anyway. I like the ramshorns
for algae control, so I wasn't too happy with the situation! The loaches
were great fish, and were quite colorful (solid yellow with black "tiger"
stripes). The only major drawback that I ran into is that they both ended
up in the back-filter on occasion (they could wiggle into the smallest
places), and they both eventually jumped from the tank (through the one VERY
small opening in the glass top).
I expect that they will eat your pond snails, because like the ramshorns,
pond snails have rather thin shells. By the way, I doubt that these loaches
ever ate any of the large, adult snails, but they trimmed the population by
eating the young and maybe even the eggs.
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