who's eating my invertebrates

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

  1. jroe263

    jroe263 Well Known Member Member

    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. AquaticBrandon

    AquaticBrandon Well Known Member Member

    I've heard of clams just dying on their own


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  3. Anders247

    Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

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




  4. EricV

    EricV Fishlore VIP Member

    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. OP
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    jroe263

    jroe263 Well Known Member Member

    I understand all of that however the clam shells were cleaned out....as are several of the nerve shells.
     
  6. Anders247

    Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

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

    EricV Fishlore VIP Member

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

    Kyle 2048 Valued Member Member

    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!


    Kyle
     
  9. OP
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    jroe263

    jroe263 Well Known Member Member

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

    Plecomaker Well Known Member Member

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

    craigsfisht New Member Member

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


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  12. Anders247

    Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

    You have some weird GBRs then.....
     
  13. Plecomaker

    Plecomaker Well Known Member Member

    Gourami often pick at and harass snails, ive seen them pull snail off the glass and just toss them around.
     
  14. Anders247

    Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

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

    craigsfisht New Member Member

    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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