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Tony Holmes - 2014-03-21
I have 2 red tail botias in with my African Chiclids. They hold their own so they don't get messed with too much. But I noticed them shimmy and shaking today and one keeps rolling over on its side when it's next to the other one. I read they haven't bred in captivity yet so I'm not sure what all that's about.

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troy - 2013-08-02
I have one of these fish, and they are more semi-aggressive than peaceful. Mine gets along fine with my kribensis, with some chasing or nipping when they get too close. These will attack other loaches, including pangio species, but in a large enough tank they will get along with their own kind. The reason I specifically said pangio species is because a breeding pair of kribensis I had attacked everything but my kulhi loaches. They are fine with anything that stays away from their territory on the bottom, but will harass other bottom dwellers.

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  • Si - 2014-02-25
    Does anybody know if it's good to put kuhli loach's in with just one skunk loach?
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Amy Carson - 2013-04-13
I have an albino kuhli loach who likes to float at the top of the tank or just lay draped in the plants. Twice I have mistaken him for dead, but he eats and looks healthy otherwise. Is this common behavior?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-04-13
    I am not sure it if is common behavior, but if he is acting normal otherwise I wouldn't worry about it too much. Maybe someone else on here has had a similar experience?
  • Jacob Hertl - 2014-02-17
    This is normal I'd say there is not sufficient places for the loaches to hide. If it is alone and there's not enough cover it will act sick or dead as a way to lower attention.
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chenise johnson - 2014-01-13
Hi all, we have two dojos, both which are usually very active. But our bigger one has become sick over the last week. He's very lethargic and his fins dont seem to be moving. He wiggles down to the bottom of the tank and back up again every so often but now spends his time hanging over the filter. Currently doing tank tests. What could this be please help!xxx

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-16
    The information you've provided leaves little to go on as to what could be wrong. However, loaches are susceptible to something known as 'skinny disease', which isn't really on disease but rather a name for a condition where the fish get lethargic, stop eating, and basically waste away. If your fish stays lethargic, I would suggest that some type of treatment would be in order.   

    Many fish diseases are Gram negative bacteria. The Mardel brand makes two good products, Maracyn and Maracyn Two, that can be used together for a full spectrum of bacterial infections. Maracyn is erythromycin, and tends to deal with Gram positive bacteria while Maracyn Two is minocycline, and tends to deal with Gram negative bacteria (Gram negative bacteria affects fish when their defenses are low).

    This is a good place to start, but if this treatement doesn't work, then you will need to look at other treatments. Neither of these will affect internal parasites, and neither seems to be active against Mycobacteriosis (Kanamycin can be used for mycobacteria). There are a number of different parasitic medications, but be careful not to use any treatments that are not safe for scaleless fish!
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jemma - 2010-02-09
I have had my weather loach for nearly a year. It keeps going upside down and floating to the top of tank, but still alive. I can't figure out what's wrong, can anyone help?

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  • shurik1990 - 2013-12-03
    What he is doing is releasing excess air from his anus. This is normal, as in their normal habitat, they have to survive out of water with their digestive system that extracts oxogyn from the air.
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Tina - 2013-11-12
I recently found out the name of this fish. LOL I have had this Yo-yo guy since 2000. It was by accident when I purchased a water plant for my aquarium. He made himself at home by eating all the snails including the big apple snails, he out lived my betas and other small fish. He even outlived a big pink aggressive cichlid that I thought would make a great tank mate for him. He even managed to survive many times of me finding him outside the tank after he jumped out while I was sleeping. Oh yeah, he really seems to enjoy my cat more than he does me since he only seems to come out of his hiding place whenever my kitty comes around. To this day he is still currently enjoying his food, I think his home and the odd snail he finds. I gave up on getting him a new tank mate. :s

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daphne - 2010-02-22
Two of my seven loaches are getting busy as I type! I have a few aquariums, but the one in question is a simply, a fully live planted tank with only a few snails, some harlequin rasboras, and the loaches. One of the largest loaches is swimming in a circular pattern, up and down, along the left vertical wall of the tank. These two have been doing this for days. From what I've read, this is the beginning of the mating cycle.

It is set to rain in a few days, and an expert told me to do small water changes until then. When the weather is supposed to change, I am to do a thirty to forty percent water change, and then over the next couple of days I am to watch for floating eggs at the water's surface. I use elodea and other floating plants, so I hope the eggs will last until I find them.

If these two get it on, I'll get back to you!

In the meantime, here's my advice:

Buy the loaches in large, uneven amounts, of over nine. Keep the water warm, flowing, and full of live plants. If you must have other fish in the tank, make sure they are small. Buy a few caves, or bury plastic cups or terra cotta planters halfway in sand.

I wish you the best of luck with your loaches!

P.S. Buy frozen bloodworms once a month, at least. They LOVE them.

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  • Shareallicu - 2010-10-09
    Hi, I am new to keeping Kulhi loaches. I saw them at the pet store and thought they looked interesting and fun: I was looking for something a little different from the "regular" type fish, of which I've kept most of my life.

    I asked the salesman if they liked companionship or if they were social amongst themselves (so I would buy more than one) he said no. I had a feeling he was wrong, but didn't want to buy too many if they were aggressive to each other. So I bought two.

    They burrowed together and laid next to each other ALL The TIME! I found that my instincts were right in the first place! They were social. So i went back about 2 weeks later and just bought 2 more. I will be watching them to see how the 4 get along.

    I wish I read your comment about keeping a lot of them together beforehand, but live and learn i guess hehe.

    I will give them bloodworms tonight, thanks for the info! :)
  • vic - 2013-06-07
    I have had two lots of baby java loaches and all doing great. They live under the under gravel filter and they enter and leave via the up tubes of the filter. I notice that they will gather in one place on top of the gravel with their heads in the gravel all within a two inch area. They will do this once or twice a month.
  • vic - 2013-11-11
    Since last I wrote I find now that I now have yet another batch of babies. At this rate I will have more than I can handle. Bye for now.
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vicky - 2013-07-17
I have 2 Dojo loaches, I love watching them dart around our tank, but one of my little guys/girls is acting rather weird she is looking rather fat around her belly and is staying at the top. She is also farting out air bubbles, can anyone tell me what could be wrong please as I don't want to lose her. She also has a slight reddish color on her tail please please can someone give some advice? Oh I have a 6ft tank with plenty of oxygen. My tank is also going through a cycle at the moment so nitrate, nitrite and ammonia levels are slightly up.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-25
    Red streaks and bloating are signs of a bacterial infection. Treatment with penicillin, amoxicillin or erythromycin should clear it up. Any pet store should carry these treatments. Read more on specific diseases at Fish Disease and Treatment.
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Eugene - 2007-10-24
I love these little 'guys' They dart all over the place (when they are not hidden somewhere.) They do pick on the other species a little bit, but not so much that it is a problem at all. MOST important thing I LOVE about these guys is that they eat snails! I have two aquariums with a snail infestation. The one with the skunk fish is keeping the problem at a managable state. They 'suck' out the snail meat and leave just the shell. When I vacuum up the waste I always find a bunch of empty shells in the waste water. I am planning to add 3 or 4 of these guys to my other tank with the snail problem!

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  • Dan - 2013-07-01
    Only get one due to the fact that they will be aggressive to each other!
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go2garrett - 2012-02-13
I bought my 2 loaches at a local, family-owned pet store about 6 or 7 years ago and they grew slowly but are very entertaining and now measure about 6 inches counting the tail. They lived harmoniously with Angel fish for many years in a 20 gallon aquarium, until all the Angelfish got old and died. I was told they were called 'Leopard Loaches'. Thanks for giving the real name and history. No wonder I haven't seen them in other pet stores! :)

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