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#1 Lucylou

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Posted 29 November 2006 - 04:02 PM

I need a fish that will eat snails, I know Loaches eat snails, but I'm wondering if Cory's do? I would prefer to keep a shoal of small cory's for the bottom of my tank.
If not then I plan to get 3/4 Zebra loach to do the job :good:

#2 Barracuda518

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Posted 29 November 2006 - 04:08 PM

This is might help:

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#3 Richie Hell

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Posted 29 November 2006 - 04:25 PM

I just watched one of my Corys try and eat a snail.

I bought a plastic spatula today purely for crushing snails with.

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Posted 29 November 2006 - 04:26 PM

blue goramis will eat snails, I`ve fallen in love with mine they are no an important part of my fish tanks, as they eat aptasia, snails, planaria, and i`ve even watched them eat hair alge....

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Posted 29 November 2006 - 04:28 PM

blue goramis will eat snails, I`ve fallen in love with mine they are no an important part of my fish tanks, as they eat aptasia, snails, planaria, and i`ve even watched them eat hair alge....



do they now


just had visions of them leaping out of the tank, flapping across the floor to the marine tank, taking a massive breath of air then hopping into the salty water to go eat the aiptasia :rofl: :lol:

#6 Lucylou

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Posted 29 November 2006 - 04:28 PM

Don't much fancy crushing snails, i've heard it release's more eggs from the snail, when they get squished?
It's sound like Cory's might eat snails, but loaches will almost definatley eat snails. Thanks

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Posted 29 November 2006 - 04:32 PM


blue goramis will eat snails, I`ve fallen in love with mine they are no an important part of my fish tanks, as they eat aptasia, snails, planaria, and i`ve even watched them eat hair alge....



do they now


just had visions of them leaping out of the tank, flapping across the floor to the marine tank, taking a massive breath of air then hopping into the salty water to go eat the aiptasia :rofl: :lol:


Hydra sorry. not aptasia.

Corys won`t really eat snails, i`ve had corys in a tank with huge numbers of snails and never saw them eat one

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Posted 29 November 2006 - 04:33 PM



blue goramis will eat snails, I`ve fallen in love with mine they are no an important part of my fish tanks, as they eat aptasia, snails, planaria, and i`ve even watched them eat hair alge....



do they now


just had visions of them leaping out of the tank, flapping across the floor to the marine tank, taking a massive breath of air then hopping into the salty water to go eat the aiptasia :rofl: :lol:


Hydra sorry. not aptasia.

Corys won`t really eat snails, i`ve had corys in a tank with huge numbers of snails and never saw them eat one


i knew what you meant. :)

#9 Richie Hell

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Posted 29 November 2006 - 09:13 PM

I'm kind of worried that when I crush the snails the Corys might eat up the shell fragments. Does that happen, and will it hurt them?

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Posted 29 November 2006 - 10:09 PM

I'm kind of worried that when I crush the snails the Corys might eat up the shell fragments. Does that happen, and will it hurt them?

Hi. No, that does not happen. They spit it right out. Snails are a important part of my Corys daily diet and I allow hundreds of young snails to grow in each tank, specifically for this purpose. The smaller the snail, the easier it is for them to eat. Hope this helped. - Frank

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Posted 30 November 2006 - 09:52 AM

ARG! Richie my boyf squished snails yesterday and all our fish went mad!

We even have a special tool for it. :sick:

Glad they spit the bits out though.

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Posted 30 November 2006 - 02:40 PM


I'm kind of worried that when I crush the snails the Corys might eat up the shell fragments. Does that happen, and will it hurt them?

Hi. No, that does not happen. They spit it right out. Snails are a important part of my Corys daily diet and I allow hundreds of young snails to grow in each tank, specifically for this purpose. The smaller the snail, the easier it is for them to eat. Hope this helped. - Frank


Awesome, cheers. That's something to not worry about. I can squash away now. This ought to solve our snail problem!

I crushed one last night and the water went red around it. It was cool.

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Posted 30 November 2006 - 11:04 PM

Everyone but Steve, our betta, eats the snails.

Bloody fussy boy!




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