My Pakistani loach
I just got a tiny Pakistani loach that i hope is going to take care of my snail problem. It's super tiny now so i don't know how much good he's doing yet. I do have tons of baby snails that are almost impossible to see. Do they eat snail eggs too? i have tons of those egg sacks around the tank that i wish he'd go after.
I see that they are nocturnal but mine is constantly out when my lights are on happily swimming around searching trough things....
So when can i expect this little guy to do anything?
I always heard that yoyo's have a ferocious appetite for snails. I don't know much about Pakistani loaches.
For your sake, I hope he starts eating them soon! Good luck
75 gallon planted tank with discus, GBR's and cardinals
135 gallon saltwater FOWLR work in progress and desperately need help
clown loaches are also good for snails the reason its out in the day is because its young when it starts getting bigger it will hide more,it will possibly take a few more weeks yet before it starts eating snails but i could be wrong
Last edited by angelcakes; 02-25-2008 at 08:36 PM.
That's not necessarily true. i have one pakistani loach who i separated from the others and he is ALWAYS out and has been for over a year. he won't eat the snail eggs though, you should pick those out if you don't want too many babies. you can also use lettuce to trick snails and pick them out of the tank. he should get nice and fat feasting on baby snails.
29g-planted tank, kuhli loachs, neon tetras, pleco
20g-blue yabbie, danios
10g-cycling for shrimp
2g and 1g- 1 snail each
Yeah i had some iceberg lettuce in there over night once and it didn't do a thing so i was stumped. I don't care how long he takes as long as he eventually gets the job done.
I've got one more plant coming sometime this week that should hopefully finish off my planted tank and it would be nice to eradicate the snails after that.
I say that but i almost bet i'll keep getting plants until i can't fit anymore in my tank.
The guy at the LFS also said that after he eats all the snails it would be good if i bought him back or he might start eating my tetras.
ive had extremely good success with banded loaches and snails
are'nt yoyo loaches the same as pakistani loaches?
Originally Posted by Adrianpaul32
lol same thing.
they're very good at eating snails, and will eat the eggs, if they work out its food.
Pakistani and yoyo's are the same species, just different names:) They are excellent snail hunters, I have 3. But you really need more than one. They need to be at least 3 together to feel safe. If you only have one, it will be unhappy, might turn its aggression on other fish in the tank instead of keeping it amongst its own kinds, and it might be very shy, and you'll never see it.
Originally Posted by Outlander
I have 2 Pakistani loaches. Both fairly young I think, but I am still to see them eat the snails. I think they are doing the job at night, as I havent seen as many as I have before.
They are good fun little things, & are always generally out and about. I have to get a hiding place for the second one though, as they do not seem to like to share. They do mess around with each other though.
250 Ltr (66Gallon US)
BGK, Sailfin Pleco, Bala Shark, 3 random cichlids (cannot remember their name, they are not typical though), 4 YoYo Loach's, 1 Bristlenose, 11 Rumy nose tetra, 2 Black Widow Tetra,