who's eating my invertebrates

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish and Invertebrates' started by jroe263, Jul 14, 2015.

  1. jroe263Well Known MemberMember

    Somebody is eating my invertebrates. My 20 gallon has 6 emerald cories, 2 GBRs, 6 columbian tetras and a dwarf gourami. I've noticed several of my nerites have died and 2 clams I just added have been cleaned out. any ideas???
  2. AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    I've heard of clams just dying on their own

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  3. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    Yeah, I've heard of them dying on their own too. They are filter feeders and need a constant supply of food......

  4. EricVFishlore VIPMember

    Nerites can be a bit hit or miss when they're first added as well.

    Clams on the other hand almost always starve to death sooner or later.

  5. jroe263Well Known MemberMember

    I understand all of that however the clam shells were cleaned out....as are several of the nerve shells.
  6. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    I would think they died on their own and then were eaten by the rams......
  7. EricVFishlore VIPMember

    I'd imagine pretty much anything in your tank would be happy to snack on a dead clam or snail.
  8. Kyle 2048Valued MemberMember

    Well if your interested in keeping clams again i would feed them first bites with a pipet. Thats how i feed mine and their doing great!

  9. jroe263Well Known MemberMember

    alas....I found out that it was my gourami! Not only was it eating my inverts, it was also destroying my plants!!!
  10. PlecomakerWell Known MemberMember

    Yeah, they can be plant terrors, especiallyif the male tries to nest
  11. craigsfishtNew MemberMember

    Snails don't last more than a minute with my 2 GBRs

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  12. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    You have some weird GBRs then.....
  13. PlecomakerWell Known MemberMember

    Gourami often pick at and harass snails, ive seen them pull snail off the glass and just toss them around.
  14. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    Yes, they're related to paradise fish, which is a known snail eater....
  15. craigsfishtNew MemberMember

    Really? I've never thought it as an odd thing. I have a small pond snail colony setup underneath my main tank for feeding. My 2 GBRs are always the first to the snails when I drop them in & they are constantly on the search for more after eating them all!

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