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Re: Bumblebee Catfish

Gerry Skau writes...

>>From: IDMiamiBob at aol_com
>>Subject: Re: getting rid of snails
>>David writes:
>> Hello all,
>>  A while back someone expressed a desire for total snail
>>  removal. That person might want to try a bubblebee catfish,
>>  Leiocassus siamensis. A neighbour has two very similar 65
>>  gallon tanks. At one time both had hundreds of MTS and
>>  ramshorns. Over time the snail population in one tank has
>>  been reduced to zero, while the other has remained the same.  
>>  The aquarium without the snails contains rainbowfish, tiger
>>  and golden barbs, one Anomalochromis thomasi, and a bumblebee
>>  catfish. The bet is on the large-mouthed nocturnal predator.
>>  Snails tossed into the tank fail to take hold. Water
>>  conditions are identical.
>>It was me.  I've seen bumblebee cats before and they're really cute.  I 
>>haven't, however, seen one since moving to Boonietown.  This place is
>>just too small for a serious pet shop.  Anyone willing to mail me one or
>>Bob Dixon
>I had one of these about 5 years ago that I bought for snail control, but
>I had very poor results with it, even when I didn't feed it. It never ate
>much in the way of snails.
>       Gerry Skau

He has had it eight years or so. Only in the last couple of years
have I noticed the lack of snails in his tank. YMMV. I once had a
school of lohachata loaches, initially very good snail eaters, who
later either ignored or grew incapable of eradicating MTS.

Dave Whittaker
Gloucester, Ontario
ac554 at FreeNet_Carleton.ca