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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V4 #248

Hi, all--

I'm catching up on my reading after rebuilding my computer, and I could not
resist adding that Clown Loaches are inveterate devourers of any and all
snails, poking their pointy snouts into any shell opening and sucking out
the occupant.  Lots of fun to watch if you hate snails, especially given
their habit of schooling with anything else stripey in the tank.  Mine would
drop everything (except a tasty snail) to join with the Black Ruby Barbs in
cruising the tank...also loved to lay on his side, scaring the bejesus out
of my wife and kids when the dead fish would perk up for food dropped into
the tank...

Dwight Young
in windy Palmdale, CA
> Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2000 19:03:18 EDT
> From: IDMiamiBob at aol_com
> Subject: Re: tiny black pointed snails...
> In a message dated 4/26/00 12:11:55 AM Mountain Daylight Time,
> Aquatic-Plants-Owner at actwin_com writes:
> > While buying my plants, the person at the LFS showed me some tiny,
> >  pointed snails, they sort of look like teensy ice cream cones, maybe
> >  inch long and 3/16 inch wide at the widest end?  They are sort of hard
> >  describe.  He told me that his planted tank (which I have admired many
> >  times in the store) is full of these things under the gravel, and that
> >  the lights go out, the snails come out of hiding.  He feels they are
> >  for aerating the substrate and cleaning up under there.
> >
> >  Does anyone know, from my rather limited description, what I am talking
> >  about?  He gave me 3 of these critters to take home, and I don't know
> >  whether to put them into the tank or not.  Are these things good?
> Everyone had their own opinion of these Malaysian Trumpet Snails.  Mine is
> that they are a blight on the earth.  They overpopulate, nothing will eat
> them.  They are resistant to snail-killing chemicals,and they don't stay
> hidden during the day.  Okay, well some of them do.  A lot of them cover
> tank walls and other stuff once the population gets out of control.
> Bob Dixon
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