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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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Pat - 2011-05-05
Make sure you put something heavy on the lid. Mine jumped out and died.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-06
    That is not good. Wouldn't have thought of it, thank you.
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Oskian - 2011-05-02
Last year I set aside some Albino Weather Loaches in a 160 gallon plastic tub, hoping that if I left them alone long enough, they would breed.
I have a fish farm and a couple of weeks ago, as I was feeding the fish, I noticed a couple of them right under the surface in typical breeding behavior. The male wrapped around the female, just like a Betta and presumably squeezing the eggs out of her. It looked like they would be depositing the eggs under the floating algae (the algae in that tub looks like a shag bathroom rug). I was in a hurry, and paid it no mind and moved on to feed the rest of the farm. I never witnessed any eggs, and may have lost a large number of fry when I kept scooping out the algae over a period of several months so as not to clog the strainer and overflow the tub.
Finally, it dawned on me what had happened and my suspicions were proven when I saw a 2 inch fish and a smaller one still, on the bottom among the algae. My employee tells me there are many many more hidden in the algae. I will try to collect some and publish pictures when I do.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-02
    Hey that would be great. Amazing what we wait for and what happens. Bet you were surprised. That is awesome.
    Enjoy
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j - 2011-04-29
I love these fish! Had one for 3 years now, grew to 7 inches so far! Loved him so much just recently bought a baby about 1inch long. They have a lot of personality and are very friendly!
2 gold dojo
2 blue boata redtails
2 berry tetra
2 sea frogs
1 pleco
1 gold algae eater

Using sand with plenty live worms and you have a low maintenance high enjoyment tank.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-30
    You have a house full. All are OK? How large is your tank? Tell us more about size and plants, please. How did you determine which fish to acquire?
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ray taylot - 2010-12-03
I understand that the clown loach will help keep down a snail population, will the kuhli loach also eat small snails?

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  • peter - 2011-01-21
    No, mouth isn't built for it. I had an infestation of snails of all types, esp the livebearing one. I purchased an awesome yoyo loach. 2 weeks later, not one single snail left. Still see empty snail shells tho!
  • Jared - 2011-04-20
    I had 7 kuhlis and 6 guppies with some small snails because I'd heard they liked to eat them as well.
    From my experience they will not eat enough snails to keep the population at bay as the snails tend to breed faster than guppies hah! But unless guppies like snails then Yes the kuhlis will eat some of them. I had a few shells in that tank from the baby snails.
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