Loach type ideas please! Thanks

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I want to get some Loaches for my 100 gallon, a type that stays small as an adult, preferably under 4"- to eat the pond snails that I got with all my live plants! These PESTS are eating my plants! I need a type that is for sure safe with my various Corys , Plecos, Ottos and Danios. Any one have any ideas on types for me to consider and maybe experience with them being good community fish with the above fish?
 

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well what about a skunk loach they look cute to me
 
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It kinda looks like my bandit cory lol are they calm and peaceful?
 

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im not sure but i think they should be peaceful but they are very active and enerjetic
 

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Rosy loach, black kuhli loach, golden dojo loach, and clown loach are the only types I know of cause im new to fish. Rosy are only about 1" full grown then next in size are the black kuhli after that they are probly to big for what you are wanting.
 

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If you already have corydoras, you need to be very careful which loaches you add to the community, as the loaches may completely outcompete the catfish for food, they are both species that are normally looking for food on the tank floor.

This was one of the factors that resulted in me getting a group of Brochis multiradiatus (Hog-nosed Brochis), as their larger size and semi-boisterous nature meant they would not be bullied by my Weather/Dojo Loach group.
 

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Skunk and zebra lozches get about 4 in. yoyo loaches get a little bigger. They are all good at eating snails and should be fine with your corries, just put some form of sinking food in there for them. I use sinking shrimp pellets plus regular flake food.
 

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Skunk loaches are aggressive if I recall correctly.

I would stick to zebras, yoyos, queens or angelicus loaches. Many of the botia loaches can be aggressive though.
 

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If you got 6 skunks they should be fine with your 11 corries in the 100 gal, but it is true they are pretty much the most aggressive of the loaches so it might be best not to get them. The zebras, yoyo, and angelicus would all be fine though. The zebra is by far my favorite, but can be hard to find.
 

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Loaches.com says skunk loaches are not suitable for a community tank....
 

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maritzruan said:
well what about a skunk loach they look cute to me
Skunk loaches are very cute but so aggressive that they are frequently advised to be kept in a species. Mine were a brat pack! They did great in their tank alone even though though they were very rough with each other. They were to rough to keep with other fish.

In that size tank a large group of Dwarf chain Loaches would be perfect
https://www.loaches.com/species-index/yasuhikotakia-sidthimunki

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Hi!

As others have said, skunks would probably reek havoc with your other fish friends.

Zebra loaches on the other hand..they're fun guys that like to chase their own kind around the tank. I got a few to help with the snails that were introduced from some plants I got and they have done a sterling job in controlling the snail population.

They've also been very peaceful (so far) being with my neon tetras, kuhli loaches, amano shrimps, zebra danios, otos, cherry barbs and swordtails.

(as always, I'm still a relative noob, just talking from my limited experience)
 
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My Corys actually all my fish won't touch any sinking pellets and I have 3 types on hand. I always end up cleaning them out. All my fish love Algae wafers. Oh the snails will eat the pellets though but who cares what they like.
I have 4 tiny Otos will any of these view my baby Otos as dinner?? Zebras look cool. I was also considering a dwarf or as suggested by hagmegsis the Rosy loach does any body know if dwarfs eat snails also?
 

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oh sorry i didnt know that i just thought they would look nice
 

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Im pretty sure dwarfs eat snails too but Im not 100% sure.
 
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They don't seem as available though.
 

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skunk loach = Considering its relatively diminutive size, this is a very feisty loach species, which is not suitable for community aquariums. Must be maintained in groups of 5 or more in order to spread any aggression and to allow the fish to form a natural hierarchy.
 

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Skunk loaches are quite aggressive, if I recall. I wouldn't try them.

You can go with Dwarf Chain Loaches, albeit the fact that they're ridiculously expensive these days ($12 each at my LFS!), or zebra or yoyo loaches. These three species are a bit more placid and community-suitable.
 

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rpddink said:
skunk loach = Considering its relatively diminutive size, this is a very feisty loach species, which is not suitable for community aquariums. Must be maintained in groups of 5 or more in order to spread any aggression and to allow the fish to form a natural hierarchy.
When you copy and paste information, it's important to give credit to the source otherwise it's plagiarism. That was written by Mark Thoene and is posted on www.loaches.com.
 

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I would recommend angelicus botias, zebra loaches, sumo loaches or red tail loaches.
 
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