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Snails *sigh*
February 28, 2009
7:17 pm
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Reva
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I bought two golden burmese botia babies, and they are trying , but the Malaysian burrowing snails keep rebounding into some kind of zombie movie in my Amazon tank (140 liters)

I am going to change out the filter media (Rena box filter for 209 liters up), and i am sure I am going to find it full of tiny ones. The gravel is alive with them. I havent lost any more tetras, but I cant see two of my corydoras or my golden gyrinochelus. Could the snails be robbing the water of oxygen or giving off toxins? The tank went a bit acidic, but no ammonia , no nitrates etc. It runs at 80*F, is planted with Anubia and Java fern, has bog wood and a softener pillow and i have added blackwater extract. Do cory's hate any of that? I know they like cooler water, but this snail thing has me wondering if they are ruining the tank health in some out of balance way. what do you guys who know more than i think I should do? take a chance on skunk loaches (botia horae)?

also, some sites read that botia dario is a good snail eater. would they also bully the burma loaches(botia histrionica) or eat tetras? I am pulling my hair out here /unsure.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":unsure:" border="0" alt="unsure.gif" /> /mad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":mad:" border="0" alt="mad.gif" />

February 28, 2009
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I know horae can be a bit feisty Reva but I'd wait for one of the loach boys to answer this one.

Cake or death?
February 28, 2009
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Never heard of Malaysian trumpet snails causing any problems, they are actually good for your tank since they eat left overs and keep the gravel oxygenated. They do reproduce rapidly under good conditions though (lots of left over food and good water).

March 1, 2009
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ok guys thanks! I feel better about them being good for the tank. Also saw my corys , which are all alive and just were hiding or resting where I couldnt see them. I might have accidentally killed my gyrinochelus when I took a bunch of plants out..may have had him clinging to something and he might have flopped off unnoticed or one of my 6 month old kittens SAW him flopping off /blush.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blush:" border="0" alt="blush.gif" />

Anyhow, Matt I know you are right about horae..they are the best snail eaters, and when they finished them off, they go for fish eyeballs etc. I really want sidthumunki, but they are getting rare and hard to find (habitat disappearing in the wild). So I bought the tiniest clowns I could get (same size as the burmas). So now there are four baby botias giving it a go /rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" />

I'm going to set up a larger tank soon for the Ctenopoma and by then the baby clowns should be big enough to go with the school from the rainbow tank. Do you think Burma and Clown would school together? they look very similar and both mild natured. Loach boys?

March 1, 2009
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PS. the loach club website says that botia dario is also ''fiesty" LOL

April 5, 2009
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They are good as far as the gravel and food is concerned but they can over populate and cause a very unsightly look to your tank. I had the same problem once before and what that means is you might be over feeding. Sorry, it may be true. But, a remedy that I have found to work is to drop a algae wafer or some other kind of sinking pellet type food in the tank over night. the next morning you just scoop and flush, then try to feed less once you get the population to a more reasonable number.

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