Bottom feeders - dwarf orange Mexican crayfish or dojo loaches?

Which bottom feeder would you choose?

  • Mexican orange Dwarf crayfish

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Good evening, my pond is active at the top and mid water column, but I could use a critter or a few on bottom clean up, the snails do great for the algae but not so much for the fish poop and such. I’m fortunate to live in a warm mild climate, so have a few choices.
dojo/weather loaches seem cool and I hear are interesting pond fish, but I hear they are escargot lovers and the pond need the snails, I think. The dwarf crayfish also eat some snails but I don’t quite think as bad, and generally don’t harass fish too too much, but could possibly pinch at fins if the fish don’t give them a wide enough berth. My largest goldfish used to live in an aquarium with similarly sized bamboo shrimp and there was never an issue so I’m not that concerned at this point that they’d get eaten.

it’s a small pond so the numbers involved here would be quite low in any case.
 
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I've found my goldfish work the bottom very well, of course, I don't overfeed so they're generally hungry and go scavenging. As long as your choices can survive and thrive with your water temps over winter, I see this as a personal thing; maybe have more than one type just for variety? I used to have the large trapdoor snails but the fish eliminated most of them. Every now and then I take the smaller snails I see in my patio containers, and toss them into the pond but seldom see anything on my pond plants or on the walls. My fish are really good scavengers.

I've heard that you'll have a hard time seeing any crayfish, so bear that in mind.
 
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I've found my goldfish work the bottom very well, of course, I don't overfeed so they're generally hungry and go scavenging. As long as your choices can survive and thrive with your water temps over winter, I see this as a personal thing; maybe have more than one type just for variety? I used to have the large trapdoor snails but the fish eliminated most of them. Every now and then I take the smaller snails I see in my patio containers, and toss them into the pond but seldom see anything on my pond plants or on the walls. My fish are really good scavengers.

I've heard that you'll have a hard time seeing any crayfish, so bear that in mind.
The crayfish are bright orange, so I think they wouldn't be as hard to see. I actually don't like the look of the orangey albino loaches, the natural colored ones are a lot prettier to me.
 
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Dojo loaches especially the golden ones are fun. Crayfish can go after your fish.
Mexican dwarf crayfish top out at under two inches long and have relatively small claws, so I'm not too worried.
 
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i was looking into getting dojo loaches but found out they are illegal in VA. Check your local regulations and make sure they arent in CA.
thank you! they are still for sale in pet stores here so I think I'm good
 
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it’s a small pond so the numbers involved here would be quite low in any case.
Until they start to breed and there's no predicter to control the population. I'd probably lean toward the loach they eat snails as well
 

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