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    I have a healthy, cycled 20g tank that is planted and gets overrun by snails.

    Right now I collect them by hand every week or so, and give them to my friend to feed to her turtle.

    I'd like to get a loach that will eat the snails, or eat their eggs so I can get their numbers under control.

    What would be a good candidate to add to my tank?

    Currently in the tank I have corys, a betta that isn't very aggressive, and guppies.

    I have a 125g tank that the loach could move to if it got too big- but I want something to put in the tank for at least a little while to knock down my snail numbers.

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    Well. Clown loaches are known as the best snail-eating loaches but I wouldn't put even 2 inchers in a 20gal for more than like... a week

    You do have the 125g to move them into though if you're interested. Clowns are sensitive fish and do like to be in groups. As a matter of fact, all fish of the genus botia are social fish-- and they all like to eat snails. Botia of smaller species include: yoyo, polkadot, queen, zebra-- but these fish will most likely reach 5 inches or more. So you'd have to put them in the 125g anyway! But they're really great fish, entertaining and have a ton of personality.

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    you could also consider assassin snails. I don't have personal experience, but as I understand it they eat other snails very efficiently and reproduce slowly.
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    I've found that small SA cichlids eat snails pretty effectively. My pair of oblongum apparently eat the baby snails as they hatch along with the adult ramshorns, because I never find small ones regardless of how many I throw into their tank. I've also noticed a major reduction in the snail population in the other 29 that houses a breeding pair of cutteri and a swarm of growing fry/juvies.
    I have a group of 11 polka-dot (kubotai) loaches in a 75. I never find baby snails in that tank, but the adult ramshorns seem to be unmolested.
    I have quite a number of cutteri available if you want any.

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    I have the same problem and a friend has recommended dwarf chain loaches. they are quite small and placid so that's what I am going to try.

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    Assassin snails would also be a good option for a 20 gallon tank.

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    IMO adding fish to clean up a problem is not the best solution. Normally snails only become a problem when there is to much food in the tank, so they breed to eat it up. And die off when there is not enough to sustain the numbers.

    Also the same with decaying plant matter.

    So IME just a simple check over of the tank from how much the fish are getting fed and how clean the tank is from rubbish your snails should fix themselves up with out having to add other fish to fix it, which cuts down the cost and more so makes less stress on the fish.
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    i agree with toddnbecka, ca/sa cichlids are imo the best there is at wiping out snails. Unfortunately they are also one of the best at wiping out plants. I never noticed when i had them but keyholes might go to work on them, and they are fine with plants and pretty much any other tankmates.

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    Cichlids to work my Severums make mince of them. But really there is way more simple ways to fix it, than to mix up species of fish and get tangled with Cichlids and planted tanks.

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    Here is a list of snail eating fish. I believe it was originally posted on Usenet but it is now so old it is hard to tell the original author, hope it helps ya

    BAA#:### = Baensch Aquarium Atlas volume #: page ### (Tetra Press editions)


    Clown Loaches (Botia macracantha) notes: community fish, schooling. BAA1:370

    Skunk Loach (Botia morleti, formerly Botia horae) (some say better than the Clown L.) BAA1:368

    Puffers (Tetraodon species) notes: aggressive, keep alone.

    Banjo catfish (Bunocephalus species)

    Malawi Cichlids (Pseudotropheus & Melanochromis)

    African Butterfly or Thomas' Cichlid (Anomalochromis thomasi). BAA1:748

    Malawi Cichlids (Pseudotropheus & Melanochromis species)

    Yellow Labs, Electric Yellow (Labidochromis caeruleus) (Malawi Cichlid)

    Chocolate Cichlid (Cichlasoma coryphaenoides / C. hellabruni)

    Asian Bumblebee catfish (Leiocassis siamensis) BAA2:450

    Giant Gourami (Osphronemus goramy) notes: VERY large, not recommended!

    Betta/Fighting Fish (Betta splendens) notes: some do, some don't. BAA1:632

    Keyhole cichlid (Aequidens maronii). BAA1:668.

    Black ghost knifefish (Gymnotidae family)

    various Lake Tanganyika Synodontis catfish species

    Red Devil Cichlid (Amphilophus labiatus) (C.America)

    Slender Bumphead Cichlid (Steatocranus gibbiceps) (Tanganyika)

    Black-Banded Leporinus (Leporinus fasciatus) S. American, large, may eat smaller fish.

    These are listed in a book I have (Drs. Andrew & Baensch) as being snail eaters, but one person who has bred both claims they do not eat snails.

    Opaline/Blue/Three Spot Gouramis (Trichogaster trichopterus)


    Convict cichlids (Cichlasoma nigrofasciatum) BAA1:690

    Banjo Catfish (Bunocephalus knerii) (he didn't breed these but kept them)

    In addition, most other Botia species eat snails as well, but I didn't list any specific ones other than Clown & Skunk Loaches. Also it is a good bet that a large percentage of African cichlids will eat snails besides the ones listed above.
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