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markii - 2011-03-01
Hey I'm just wondering where can I buy one I live in ireland and I'm looking for one any suggestions?

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  • Jason Lucas - 2011-03-20
    Go to one of the many websites that ship tropical fish internationally I just bought a black kulhi loach today and they are interesting little critters and very easy to take care of, supplement their diet with algae wafers they love them.
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j pardew - 2011-04-13
Is it safe to keep 2 loaches in a 10 gallon tank with like 4 molly fish and 1 glass catfish?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-14
    It would be preferable to have a larger tank. I was told just a basic rule of thumb to limit 1 inch of fish to one gallon of water. A ten gallon tank minus gravel, plants etc is about 8 - 9 gallons. Molly is 2 inches and Loach is 3 so 4 mollies is 8 inches and Loach is another 3. Then you want to add another Loach so 14 so should have at least a 15 gallon tank. There isn't science in this just from my son-in-law who has had fish for 20 years.
  • Clarice Brough - 2011-04-14
    You should be okay, but there are a number of factors that could come into play like tank size and decor. 10 gallons may be too small and loaches do need hiding places to be happy. Some loaches can get somewhat aggressive, especially as they get older... again tank size becomes important.
  • Heidi - 2011-07-17
    I kept 2 Kuhlli loaches in a ten gallon with some mollies and platies until I decided I wanted something bigger. Now they're in a 35 gallon with Pictus catfish, other loaches, a swordtail, 2 danios, a betta and even an Australian lobster and they all do fine. The Kuhlis just hang out at the bottom with the catfish and the African dwarf frogs. They don't even go hide in a cave. They just sit there for all to see.
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Gail - 2011-07-17
My Dojo is a real hoot. It's active and no one bothers it. I have mostly tetras (small and large) and few unusually unaggressive barbs. I have a Pleco, tire track eel, gouramis and even a blue lobster. I'd transfer your Dojo to an isolation tank and bring it in to a really good fish doctor. It sounds like either a bacterial problem or it got wedged under something and got wounded trying to get out. Either way I'd treat for possible infection in its own hospital bowl or tank.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-18
    You're right and I can't find the person you responded to. If you can go back - please. Good answer and thank you. Glad you enjoy your Dojo.
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spencer - 2010-11-20
Love this website as when I learn what temperature, ph value, water hardness and amount of medicine should put in, my clown loach survived from ich during quarantine and now they are shoaling with my tiger barbs and come to think of it, tiger barbs are the best tankmates for clown loaches as you can see obvious interaction between them. Now a days, I check out this website every time I go online as this website is one of the best fishkeeping instructions websites (although it does not mention some fishes such as rainbow sharks).

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  • Sean - 2010-12-17
    A future hint, ich parasites cannot live in temperatures over 83 degrees. Keep your tank above 84 and grab a bottle of coppersafe(r) you'll be okay on 2 weeks...guaranteed from personal experience.
  • david - 2011-07-14
    You should never use coppersafe with any scaleless fish (loaches, knifefish, mormyrids, etc) because it contains copper, which is extremely harmful to scaleless fish.
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JT - 2011-07-13
I originally purchased this fish to control the snail population in my planted. While he kept the snails at bay but also killed all the other fishes until I started stocking the tank with cichlids. The planted cichlid tank ain't easy but works sometimes.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-14
    The Berdmore's Loach or Blyth's loach can range between a community to semi-aggressive fish. Each fish will have its own degree of aggressive behavior. Don't keep them with any timid fish, rather keep them in a large aquarium with other more robust tank mates. They are carnivores and you see other fish and they see food. When grown, the cichlids are almost as large as the loach - but how big are they now?
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Eddie - 2011-05-12
Does anyone know how to breed them?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-12
    It has been said they have been spawned accidentally, scattering tiny red adhesive eggs, but not much more is known about the breeding habits of the Dojo Loach or Weather Loach and they are not yet bred commercially.

  • chris olson - 2011-06-01
    YOU HAVE TO HAVE AT LEAST 75 DEGREES TO 80 DEGREES AND TO KNOW IF YOUR LOACH IS A MALE OR FEMALE, MALES HAVE LONGER FINS THAN A FEMALE. :)
  • Jori - 2011-06-24
    These are pond and stream type fish. Often times keeping them in a shallow but large tank (like a skate or ray tank) with a high current area will do the trick. A breeding pair may use the current to oxygenate the eggs. There should also be a low current area with lots of live plants to give the potentialy shy fish a hiding place. Dojo loaches are smart fish and will know if your in the room and no animal of any level of smarts is going to like a peeping tom.
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Eddie - 2011-05-12
My loach sometimes sucks on my other fish does anybody know why?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-14
    Per anything I can find out, dojo loaches do not eat other fish. However, they do suck on other fish looking or tasting for algae. That makes some sense to me. Someone wrote and said that "You need to start feeding your loach something other than the chalky pellets. What he is doing is sucking the algae cover off your fish's slime coat. This means he is starving. Add a slice of cuke or zucchini in the tank and leave it. He will find it and make quick work of it. Really, algae wafers are not good food for any type of algae eater.

    He will continue to do this due to he is hungry. Lettuce will also work for him. Any veggie, cukes and zucchini just aren't quite as messy and last a few days in the tank."

    You might want to ask at the fish store about this but if you are just feeding him the pellets, you might want to try something else. Let us know what you find out. OK?

  • chris olson - 2011-06-01
    ITS PROBABLY BECAUSE THE OTHER FISH ARE GOING INTO HIS TERRITORRY SO HE OR SHE TELLS THE FISH TO BACK OFF.
  • John D - 2011-06-24
    Hi, a lot if algae eaters such as loaches also eat parasites that form on other fish. Don't worry this is a good thing and helps to keep the other fish healthy.
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david - 2011-06-12
Could I keep a Clown Knifefish in a 55 gallon aquarium? The tank will have subdued lighting and be lightly planted with cryptocorne, Java Fern and Java Moss. There will be numerous hiding places created by bogwood and rocks. I would also like to add a Red-tailed Black Shark, among other Southeast Asian fish. Would this work out?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-13
    It doesn't sound like a real good idea. The shark fish tail would eaily fit into the Knifefish mouth and the Knifefish can grow to 11 pounds. Clownfish are the quieter of the two and usually don't cause problems but will eat anything they can fit in their mouth. But the sharks are agressive and could tease or want territory and there would be the problem.
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Kassie - 2011-06-08
I have had my fish for 16 years and it lived in my sisters tank for three years before that. He is at least 19 years now and has become an aggressive fish. I didn't realize this until I got some cicillians and he killed them by chewing on their hind ends. I then have slowly lost almost everything. I have watched him pick on the other fish until they die.
I feel bad for the fish and feel as if I need to get rid of him, yet he is 19 and this is his tank. I am open to suggestions.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-09
    There are many people who say their wonderful Lepto Loach has become a real nasty guy and has killed other fish in the tank. It seems as they mature and get larger, they want to get rid of anything else in the tank - more room for them. One Lepto should have a 30 gallon tank just for himself. I am sorry this happened to you. They are supposed to be good community fish with the proviso of strong robust tank mates.
    The fella is 19 years old, and just used to that tank and all he did was do what comes naturally. He was growing and he needs more room so he just sorta got rid of the others who he felt were taking up his space. How about you just forgive him and let him have his tank and remember, he just was doing what is natural for him. He wants to live. Then if you want get a second tank for other fish. Lepto Loaches are rare and hard to find. He just wanted to exist.
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Candy - 2010-07-29
My dojo has a small white bump on both sides of his nose, just in front of his eyes. What is it?

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  • Kev - 2010-11-16
    Nostrils
  • Gary Youhas - 2011-03-09
    So do my 4 loaches. I don't know yet. Have not read that far...
  • chris - 2011-04-04
    It might be a disease called ick! So tell me if the white specks spread more.
  • chris - 2011-04-04
    It might be a disease called ick! Tell me if the white specks spread more.
  • chris - 2011-04-05
    It might be a disease called ick, if it spreads more tell me.
  • j - 2011-04-29
    Nostrils
  • chris olson - 2011-06-01
    IT MIGHT BE A DISEASE CALED ICK, ICK IS A KIND OF PARASITE THAT CAN EASILY KILL YOUR FISH AND EVERY OTHER FISH IN YOUR FISH TANK. YOU CAN ALSO GET ICK GUARD AT ANY KIND OF FISH STORE OR THE WHITE BUMPS MIGHT ALSO BE JUST A BIRTH MARK.
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