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neil - 2011-03-19
Hello there I am trying to breed the dojo weather loach for the past 2 years, I study fish husbandry and fish biology and am a lover for fish through and through! I have six loaches in a 4ft tank with a ehiem external filter the tank consists of a large mix of fish naming a few, carp, tench, red tailed shark, one large coldwater plec, one medium tropical orange spotted plec, large fresh water mussels,
one of the loaches is now around 7 inches and has a large belly (egg sack looking). I have the temp quite high and have been increasing it over the last 2 years now it looks as she might lay eggs. My question is what do I do leave her and reduce the other fish stock or try and catch the loaches and move them into a smaller hatchery tank? Please get back many thanks neil xx

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  • chris - 2011-04-04
    Do you have warm enough water?
  • chris - 2011-04-05
    All of your fish may be bothering the loaches, so it will be harder for them to breed, and you may have to have warmer water.
  • chris - 2011-04-11
    It might be a disease called ick.
  • Jori - 2011-06-24
    Uum even if you do get breeding fish with other fish like that in the tank they will eat the eggs, plecos and carp and the sharks will make quick work of any fry too. Highly recommend moving them to their own, shallow ish but big tank (much like a ray or skate tank) with a area of lots of water movement (as dojo loaches will often lay eggs in direct current to keep them oxygenated) and an area with a lot of live plant and little current for hiding as a breeding pair may be shy and these are smart fish and will see you around if you come into the room.
  • Tashy G - 2011-10-16
    They need cooler temperature to breed... Like 20 or lower... And apparently they don't breed in captivity :/
  • Michael - 2012-02-21
    I have 2 loaches 1 of them is a weather loach. One of them jumped out of the tank and stayed on the floor all night. Next morning I found him on the floor. He always dug in the gravel. I think loaches are the best pet ever!
  • anna phillips - 2012-02-27
    Weather loaches are a cold water fish, breeding is triggered in coldwater tempetures ,around 64 farineheight. I would do breeding in long tank. They like to chase.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-14
    I would move the fry so you don't end up stressing your community out too much. If a small community tank and you have another established tank you can move them.
  • Renz - 2012-04-26
    Separate carefully the other fish from loach, for them to breed and to release eggs. Put also any aquatic plants inside the tank for the eggs to attached and hatch. Supply them with continues water flow inside the tank.
  • christine baxter - 2014-10-20
    Simple the intended breeding pair should be in a tank of their own without fish or other loach. Plenty of plants, hiding area's for adults water temp 21c chunky substrate for eggs rest in until they hatch and to ford protection for fry. Also algea growing on the substrate as this is food for the fry!
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Connor - 2014-10-16
I have two community tanks and I have 4 kuhli loaches, two in one and two in the other. And in my main tank they come out all of the time but in my littler tank I hardly ever see them. They are gorgeous fish to keep and also they like to come out at night. These are lovely fish to have so I recommend you get these. If you know why my other khuli loaches don't come out please let me know?

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Shane - 2014-10-15
I have two loaches. One dojo and one brown. I noticed a couple days ago a slight discoloration in the dojo. The next day it was larger. After 3 days, there appears to be a hole in his face that is just getting bigger. I had the water tested and took pictures to the pet store. They have no idea what it is but suggested anti bacteria to put into the rank. It's not helping. Anyone with any ideas what to do? I've had him hot 2 years and I'm afraid I'm going to lose him

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  • Anonymous - 2014-10-15
    I've had him almost two years. Sorry about the spelling. Auto correct. Also, I had a brown female and a year ago the same thing seemed to happen. Only with her, her entire upper part of her face seemed to rott away. I did a complete and extensive cleaning to kill any bacteria in that tank. Now a year later, it seems to be happening again. Please help me try to save this one
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-17
    It could be pathogenic and so anti bacterial products may not be effective. Instead you can try using a bio-filter safe furan product like Furan-2, along with some epsom salt.
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Catfish Lover \"The Expert In Anything Catfish\" - 2014-10-13
Pepper loaches are active fish and are out all the time,either digging,cleaning,or just chilling.I keep them in a heavily planted 35 gallon with:2 African Brown KnifeFish,1 Female Rainbow shark,1 Male Betta,1 Iberian ribbed newt,2 corydoras cats,1 synodontis cat,1 banjo cat,1 BN Pleco,1 Kuhli Loach,1 Yoyo loach and 1 silver dollar tetra,60 gallon filter,airstone,2-3 green cabomba,willow moss,hornwort and duckweed.I will soon be adding 2 Spotted Raphael Catfish.Overall a great fish and the alternative to weather loaches in a tropical aquarium.I reccomend keeping weather loaches first as they are very similar in food,behavior and care.

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Debra Lenhart - 2014-10-04
I had albino horseface loach only for about 2 years and it pick up a parisite and got hole in the head and it was my fav now Im back out looking to pick up another one hope to have better luck12

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Aalsen Geertsma - 2014-09-13
They're ravenous when it comes to food and snails, and they're quite fearless when they discovered eggs. They love digging for all kinds of snails, or dwarf shrimp. But they failed stealing eggs from hole breeding L-numbers or apistogramma cacatuoides. They're quite energetic and acrobatic here, and will swim full lengths of a tank in a display of dominance. I think it's best to keep them with other species of fish which aren't shy, because they bump into other fish on purpose quite often. Corydora's don't appreciate this, most tetra's neither. I have 7 of them in a 240 litres tank, they'll transform a still life aquarium into a more dynamic one, without agression. Nematobrycon palmeri is a superb combination with these botia's.



Oh and did anyone notice they have spikes under their eye's? My 8cm adult botia has spikes of approximately 4mm, she got stuck in a net...

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Amanda Griggs - 2014-08-23
Do I have had a golden dojo loach for about a year,.  He is an awesome fish, very active.  I decided he needed a buddy so I bough anotherone yesterday.  The one I have had for a while has black eyes and the new one has red eyes.  Does that mean he is a true Albino golden dojo loach?  They have LOTs of other loach friends, 3 black kuli loach, 3 clown loaches, multiple guppies, tetras, neons, upside cats and bumble bee cats.  Large Tank

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Anonymous - 2014-08-04
I have a large yellow loach in my tank, among many other types of fish. However, when i cleaned my tank and but him back in it he seems bloated and floats to the top. I feel as if he is tired/annoyed . Iv heard they "fart" air bubbles to rid this, however i havent noticed. Help?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-05
    It sounds like he may be 'gulping' air when he is stressed by the transfer process, which will make them look bloated until the air is dispelled. Perhaps you can leave him in the tank when you are doing maintenance. Do only regular partial a water changes while syphoning the gravel, then you won't have to move him and hopefully you won't have to deal with stress issues.
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Shawn Walsh Arey - 2014-07-26
I have two large tanks and over the years I have bought nine botias that were sold as Botia Kubotai (polka dot botias). It turns out five are polka dots, three are histrionicas, and one is a botia I have never seen before. It is in-between the size of an polka dot and a yo-yo. Approximately, 4 ½ inches. It’s coloring is almost black with a pattern in a dark grey with one small yellow area. It snout is shorter like the polka dot, not as long as the yo-yos. Anybody have any ideas? I’ve searched everywhere and I can’t find one that looks like it.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-05
    Can you upload some pictures of it?
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Ginni - 2014-06-30
I had a horseface loach for about 15 years - he (or she) grew to around 6' and was my favourite fish in the tank, for all the reasons other people have described... such a character! Sadly, I found him dead on the glass cover over my tank a couple of months ago - I was gutted and I wasn't sure if he'd escaped, jumped out of the water when I was feeding my fish, or had died of old age and just climbed out of the water to die. I was so sorry to lose him that I bought 2 more horse face loaches and this evening I found one of these out on the glass cover above the tank. The only way it could have got there is through a small hole at the back which is for filter wires etc, which means the loach actually climbed (or jumped) out of the water. Luckily I found it before it died, and it seems to be making a good recovery back in the tank. But its got me to thinking about why they seem to have the urge to climb out of the tank... I've now covered the escape hole with some netting but does anyone know why horse face loaches would have the urge to leave the water?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    These fish do have a tendency to jump, especially if they are frightened. It helps if they have places to hide in the tank, like lots of caves and crevices in the rock. Plastic tubes on the bottom of the tank provide refuge too, and can also help.
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