A while back I introduced snails into my tank because I thought it would help with my algae problem. Well since then I learned to control the algae by doing weekly water changes so I really don't want the snails in there anymore. Last night I noticed two egg "nests" stuck to the side of the glass. Now I'm a bit concerned, I don't want an explosion. I recently introduced 4 Kuhli Loaches and I'm wondering if they will be interested in small snails ( I realize they won't touch the big ones). I know Yo Yo Loaches will do it, but I don't want anything that big in my tank.
in my old tank, one of my snails laid eggs and my kuhlis didn't even blink at them. i eventually tossed the eggs outside to freeze in the snow. they would have overtook my tank big time. maybe yours will though.
let me rephrase that. maybe your kuhlis will go after the baby snails
My black loaches (same family as kuhli's) did not eat baby snails. Take the egg sacks out when you see them. You can try assassin snails also, they work really well!
What kind of snails are they? Pond snails can be a real pain in the rear but ramshorn snails don't usually get out of control unless you are overfeeding.
I'm not sure what kind they are. They're brown shelled with a brown body. The egg sac is flat and sticks to the glass with maybe 20 eggs in it. I saw two and scraped them both off. If it gets out of hand I guess I'll buy a couple of Yo Yos.
Both pond snails and ramshorn snails are usually brown so color won't identify which you have. To tell the difference you need to look at the shell shape. Ramshorn snails have a flattened spiral shell, kind of like a cinnamon roll. Where pond snails have an elongated spiral shell, more like a football shape when viewed from the side.
Where do you get assassin snails?
Try looking on AquaBid.com
do you think or have you heard of assasins being eaten by kuhli loaches? i have a couple in a seperate tank nervous to add them . i read on another page a guy uses garden snails as live food for his kuhli loaches .
I bought two mystery snails and soon saw babies.but i have a black khuli loach and realized he was eating the baby snails and even my adult snail! If i were you i would just try a loach out. They are actually very cool
I have 2 adult snails and 8 black kuhli loaches and they don't touch each other, I havn't seen any eggs though.
i've got 3 magic words to solve your or anybody's snail dilemma... dwarf chain loach.
- stays small (3.5", loves eating snail eggs & infant snails, nice appearance, non-aggressive, industrious.
- can be a bit pricey,(i paid 18$ canadian), will quickly jump out of open tanks so covers are mandatory, my first didnt last 1 day, so basically my first one was 40$. uhg. and like most loaches; they do best in groups..."ka-ching!". but they're energetic and fun to watch and do their job very well.
ghost shrimp eat snail eggs well atleast mine do
PetCo has the assassin snails for $2.99. Not all of the stores have them but most will order you some. I got 1 a couple of weeks ago. It's very cute and pretty. Right now it's hiding under the gravel (they like sandy substrate better) but when it decides to move about boy is it a quick little snail. I ordered more assassin snails and the nice "fish girl" got them in on Friday. I hope to pick them up today. She said they only breed in brackish water so they should not be breeding in normal aquarium water. There is also a yellow rabbit snail (I found it on ebay) which I've never tried. They eat snails. I believe they also eat plants so I will not be trying out this snail. The interesting thing about that snail is that it only has 1-2 babies at a time and rarely breeds. They can get big. I've had very few snails. The last one I bought on purpose was for my salt water tank which I took down about 12 years ago. I loved the turbo snails. They were very cute and did an amazing job of cleaning up the algae and glass. One of mine lasted about 4 years when I gave it to my chiropractor.
Thanks....I'll look into that one of these days.
Don't buy them! They eat the other snails but then, they too multiple fast. I tried assassin snails ended up with another snail takeover! I have 5 khuli in my 50 gal and no snails. Razor blade down any on the glass & clean plants. Be careful not to crush them, it releases all the babies it has inside so now more snails.
I have another 50 g tank. 1 (only 1!) apple snail for cleaning glass & waste; weather loach, a cory & a family of Yellow Lab cichlids. My weather loach eats them up. He's large, so is his mouth & stomach!
Hope this helps.
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They have them for sale on aquatic arts for a decent price.