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Clown Loaches, snails and insanity.

You bet they eat snails! IME they prefer MT snails. Mine wiped out the millions
I had in my planted tank. However, if they are extremely well fed they tend to
leave the snails alone (too much work!).So if you'd like to wipe out the snail
population please do easy on the fish food!


Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2000 15:13:34 -0500
From: "Kenneth S. Bruno" <kbruno at bilbo_bio.purdue.edu>
Subject: Clown Loaches, snail consumption and insanity

Hi All,
    I have a 29 gallon planted tank with a bit of a snail problem.  I have
heard before that clown loaches may actually eat the snails.  I like clown
loaches anyway so I bought a pair and put them in my tank.  They are
somewhat timid and they hide under my sole piece of driftwood alot.  I have
on two occasions, after my lights shut off, heard a strange snapping sound
coming from the tank.  It just happens once and is not repeated or
continuous.  Am I going crazy?  Do clown loaches eat snails?  Do they prefer
to feed at night?  Any insight into this would be appreciated.  I'd like to
think they are eating snails, I don't want to do anything more drastic.
Thanks in advance.



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