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Can Anyone Suggest A Loach?

Posted By: Jay <JPaparella@aol.com>
Date: Monday, 23 September 2002, at 8:12 a.m.


I have a 100gal freshwater tank, with live plants. Sadly, I also have a snail infestation problem. I want to get a loach to work as a snail eater, but I already have 3 pictus cats, so I don't think I want to get more than one loach. Here's what I want:

1) A loach that will get along with my other bottim feeders and my 2 plecos and 4 ottos
2) A loach that is OK without other loaches for company
3) A loach that isn't going to be territorial with my other fish, and won't molest my other fish (gouramis, danios, swordtails, tiger barbs)
4) A loach that is a good snail eater

I have some salt in the tank, and I keep the temp around 78 degrees F because my Moonlight gouramis like it warm.

Anyway, I do not know of a loach that fits all these parameters. Maybe there isn't one. I had a yoyo loach in there, but he was a terror, probably because he was alone. Since then I have moved him to a different tank and put in 3 other yoyos with him, and he has been a model citizen. I am thinking of trying one of the blue botias with the orange fins, but someone told me they can be very territorial.

I am anxious to hear what you have to say, thank you very much.


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