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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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Mat - 2009-12-09
hiya. Can anyone help me ? I have 3 zebra loach in a 4 foot tank, which has been running for about a year now. One of them is losing colour in patches all over its body but the other 2 are fine. Its still acting as normal, swimming and playing around. Nothing changed in the way it acts just in colour ? Has anyone any ideas why ? Thanks !

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  • Brandon - 2011-04-14
    It's really tough to tell without a picture. However, seeing that it's acting normal it leads me to think it isn't to major of an issue. Try doing a water change.
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Alex - 2010-10-27
it is an excellent fish and gets along with our 3 goldfish. we have a 10 gallon tank and it has been doing great the past 2 months. The only down side is, it killed our Ghost Shrimp. We had 3 and they are 33c per. It wasnt a big deal.

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  • chris - 2011-04-04
    You see, ghost shrimp are food for freshwater puffer fish and others. So that is why it killed your ghost shrimp.
  • chris - 2011-04-05
    Are you planning to get any other fish?
  • chris - 2011-04-11
    What kind of fish were they?
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Mindy - 2011-02-08
I got an albino dojo, and he is one of the coolest fish I have. He don't bother my corys or my sliver dollars. The sliver dollars are curious about him tho. We named him Malachi. I can't wait til he gets bigger. He in fact gives the "that's a cool fish" reaction.

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  • chris - 2011-04-05
    Does Malichi have any sign of diseases?
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Cai - 2011-02-28
We've had our small Dojo for about 6 years now (it's only about 3" long) - it's often seen lurking around the castle in the middle of the tank. Last week, we got a new Dojo; it was 7" when we got it. They're gorgeous and funny creatures. I could watch them for hours!

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  • chris - 2011-04-05
    How big is your tank? That's probably the reason why the dojo loach isn't that big.
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Andrea - 2011-04-04
We have a community tank with 7 long-finned rosy barbs, 2 dojo loaches (one golden/albino), 1 pictus catfish, 1 long-nosed whiptail, 3 gold gouramis, and 2 blue/red-finned botias. We have had all but the gouramis and botias for 2 months now, the botias and gouramis being a new addition in the last 2 weeks. For the first few days, the botias stayed hidden, even at night when the light was out. Now they are very much active at night and make several appearances throughout the 'day' too/when the light is on. We have noted in the past 2 days red marks/dots on our golden dojo loach - my guess is the botias have become aggressive with him at night when the lights are out as he is 'easier' to see in the dark than our other fish..... Thoughts? Comments? We lost a larger dojo loach a few days ago due to what we thought may have been 'nighttime' aggressive as well, though this loach had a habit of getting himself in places too small for him - we noted a long gash on his top 'side' near the tail.

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Bill C. - 2011-03-30
I recently bought one red tail botia and added him to my community tank- three 3 1/2" gouramis, six rasboras, pictus cat, three corys. He's started swimming next to the gouramis and looks like he's nibbling or sucking on their skin. Weird! Has anyone seen this or heard of it before? Would one or two more botia's help? Help!

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