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Yasuhikotakia Sidthimunki
September 18, 2008
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Reva
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I removed all of the botia striata from the leopard bush fish tank, because i thought they were worrying the tiger barbs. the barbs continue to headstand, so the striata were not the cause. they are happily living in a bigger tank with the rainbows, so now I have teensie snails all over the other tank. Do botia sidthimunki eat snails as readily as the larger botia? thanks!

September 18, 2008
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Never had any snail problems in my sid tanks. Although they may not manage a large snail, they'll certainly take care of any eggs they find.

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September 18, 2008
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yep, they munch snails well enough!

September 19, 2008
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Personally I wouldn't recommend buying loaches purely for snail control reasons, there are plenty of products on the market that do that job.

If you thought there was a chance that your fish were getting worried by the striata and you have removed them I wouldn't replace them with sidthimunki because sidthimunki can and will terrorise tanks mates if they want to and they are so curious of other fish that this curiosity alone does seem to upset tank mates at times.

September 19, 2008
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well, I really enjoy the antics of botia and keep them for more than just snail control. But some botia are worse than others as far as "passive agression". I do not like using chemicals to control snails or algae. These snails are newly hatched malaysian burrowing snails that survive in the filter pads, so when the botia were gone, they have become a nuisance again. I noticed when the lights had been out for a while and I went back in that room, and there they were, all over the tank.

The other residents are 2 kribensis, 3 Ctenopoma, a small pleco and six tiger barbs..37gallon US
that's why i am interested in a small botia type for this tank. Does anything else eat snails?

September 21, 2008
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A lot of shops are now selling Anentome helena 'Assassin Snail' and as the name implies they actively seek out and kill other snails and don't seem to breed in the quantities of other snails

September 26, 2008
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QUOTE (Mad Duff @ Sep 21 2008, 02:15 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
A lot of shops are now selling Anentome helena 'Assassin Snail' and as the name implies they actively seek out and kill other snails and don't seem to breed in the quantities of other snails

I've got three of these in my tank, funnily enough they co-exist with a group of 6 sids. They're not great snail eaters as they can only munch one each per night and most snails will reproduce at a faster rate than the helena can eat them. They're great to watch though, the worlds slowest predator v prey chase although they can be surprisingly quick (well relatively, they're snails after all /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" /> ). You've gotta feel for the poor snail that's being chased though, talk about wasted effort /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />

October 20, 2008
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QUOTE (owls_79 @ Sep 26 2008, 10:15 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
I've got three of these in my tank, funnily enough they co-exist with a group of 6 sids. They're not great snail eaters as they can only munch one each per night and most snails will reproduce at a faster rate than the helena can eat them. They're great to watch though, the worlds slowest predator v prey chase although they can be surprisingly quick (well relatively, they're snails after all /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" /> ). You've gotta feel for the poor snail that's being chased though, talk about wasted effort /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />


wow..how creepy...good halloween snails huh?
Well I ended up with golden burma loaches and they cleaned things up really fast. No need to have Night of the Living Cannibal Snails
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October 20, 2008
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good choice of botia, they are usually well behaved but can get to a decent size, can you puta pic up of them Reva.
i think you have B histrionica, if so they can grow to 7 inches or more.

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October 21, 2008
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QUOTE (mickthefish @ Oct 20 2008, 11:05 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
good choice of botia, they are usually well behaved but can get to a decent size, can you puta pic up of them Reva.
i think you have B histrionica, if so they can grow to 7 inches or more.

mick

I am no good with a camera vs. glass front reflection of flash, but will try...My rainbows are very nice and would like to show them off..../smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

These little loaches are histrionica , I am pretty sure. Very juvenile state of gold and black bars. Very pretty. I was amazed how fast four of them cleaned up a really bad snail problem!

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