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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-26-2012, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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Loaches?

So I purchased a marimo moss ball from Petco a week ago. I am now preparing for a possible snail invasion, because I did not rinse the moss off before I put it in the tank. *face desk*

There was an article about algae eaters on Petco's website. They talked about snails, and how if you purchased live plants you probably got some. (The tank I got the moss from did have snails in it!) The then said that clown and skunk loaches are snail eating fish.

So I was wondering if I could add a clown or skunk loach to my tank. Do they need to be in schools?

However, I fear that I have already reached the max of my 10 gallon. I have 7 females (bettas) in that tank.

Any helpful advice? Thank you.

EDIT- Clown and Skunk loaches get way to big for me to house them. Any other fish or invert that help me out?

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Assassin Snails may be a good option.

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Assassin Snails may be a good option.
I have thought about them, but I'm not exactly sure. Ever since my dad changed the filter cartidge we had, my cycle has been off. I'm afraid that if I did get assassin snails that would die if that happens again.

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Nerite snails are the best algae eating snails by far, but your 10 gallon is already stocked to the max. :$

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I have thought about them, but I'm not exactly sure. Ever since my dad changed the filter cartidge we had, my cycle has been off. I'm afraid that if I did get assassin snails that would die if that happens again.

Thanks for the input, though!
I just bought a couple assassin snails and they have cleaned up my snail problem in just two days...they are awesome!

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Nerite snails are the best algae eating snails by far, but your 10 gallon is already stocked to the max. :$
Yes, it is =/. I heard that adding live plants though can relieve SOME of the bioload. My plan isn't to stuff as many fish in a 10 gallon as I can. The seventh fish I got looked like she really needed saving, so I got her. I'm hoping buy the time another fish catches my eye I'll have a 20 gallon of something larger than the 10 g.


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I just bought a couple assassin snails and they have cleaned up my snail problem in just two days...they are awesome!
What do you feed them when the there is any more snails? I think I read that they eat fish poop, algae, algae waffers, and uneaten fish food.


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