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Lost both Clown Loaches - Need help!

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Lost both Clown Loaches - Need help!

Post by Sandman1969 on Thu Feb 06, 2014 4:31 pm

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I had bought these from Pet Smart recently. I know they were eating the snails as I have seen them eat. They tended to hide quite often & I would see at least one of them laying on it's side, which they are known for as they "sleep".
I looked in the tank tonight to see one laying on it's side, but the black markings were faded & there was a dark green patch on it's under-side.
I then started looking around for the second one, only to find it's remains on the intake of the big filter. All that was left was the head.
In that tank, I have one large ID shark, 2 baby ID sharks, 2 large common plecos & several Oto cats.

Is it possible that there is something wrong with the snails? Both filters have a bunch of snails in them, so the only real way to get rid of them is to do a complete tear down of that tanks and that is just not possible.The water tests out fine, with a small increase in ammonia. I do 50% water changes and gravel cleans each week as well.
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Any ideas as to what this is?

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Re: Lost both Clown Loaches - Need help!

Post by Sandman1969 on Sat Feb 08, 2014 8:41 pm

Ok, what I have done is taken my empty shrimp pellet aluminum can, punched a hole in the lid, put a bunch of algae wafers inside it.
I feel this is a losing battle due to the size of the tank, the amount of snails and their size. They are also inside the canister filter & the 10g filter. I have cleaned them out & still they come back.

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Re: Lost both Clown Loaches - Need help!

Post by caoder on Sat Feb 08, 2014 9:09 pm

Being subtle is key. Don't rush it. One or 2 wafers with a plastic water bottle or Something inert. I would avoid all metals in a tank. Metals are usually toxic if they are released into the tank.
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Re: Lost both Clown Loaches - Need help!

Post by cephalotus on Sun Feb 09, 2014 6:39 am

I can send you some assassin snails in the spring if you want Smile
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