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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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Anna - 2010-06-28
I bought three Khuli loaches about a week ago, they were all very active and healthy looking. Though one of them had a white spot on him like he had rubbed the skin off. The first few days they were fine but today they were flopping about like they were out of water!
I checked their water and everything was as it should be, so I have no clue what is going on. The water is soft and somewhat acidic, Nitrate 0,ph 7.5.
and all of the other fish act fine...I need help.

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  • motasm - 2010-08-12
    The problem is the ph they can't take 7.0 ph its should be from 5.5 ph to.
  • Sam - 2010-12-10
    Hey, I only know what I've read online and what people have told me, but sometimes they're called weather loaches and they can tell when the atmospheric pressure drops and stuff like that, and they become a bit crazy and "spazz out"

    That's only what I've heard though, so that other guy who replied is probably a lot more knowledgeable than me, but worth a heads up!
  • Anna - 2011-03-21
    Okay, so I need softer water I guess.
    I hope I can get more soon. :)
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crystal - 2009-03-29
I just got two dojo loaches and I know and our smaller one loves to dig, but she has lost a bit of her nose now due to digging in the gravel I believe, is there anything I can do to help her get better faster? Should I worry about her getting any diseases?

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  • Gary Youhas - 2011-03-09
    Use skinless peas, carrot, potato pieces to her diet so she won't dig so much. Peas are a laxative that helps digestion. Remove any uneaten pieces after a day or two to not pollute the tank but I bet you won't find any. Add aquarium salt to make it slightly brackish to suppress microbes, parasites, algae. DO NOT make salt water. 10% weekly water changes keeps it fresh/natural. Lower water temperature to 76max70 or lower for a few days or week that may spurn her into wanting to breed. The cooler temp will lower her activity some. Changing the substrate to something less abrasive or easier to dig. At worst she's obsessed at digging. Enjoy and share her love with her. Good Luck.
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Marsha - 2011-01-12
I've had a Dojo Loach for a few days now. Prior to adding it to the tank, my husband and I did a big tank clean out in our 20 tall. We lost a lot of fish because of it. I assume stress because when I tested the water, everything came out fine. I don't know if it's a bacteria issue as we left some of the old water in to help replenish that. Plus our canister filter has a disposable bag filter plus a permanent mesh filter that we're not supposed to wash. I know it's a strong filter that moves the water because at the bottom of the tank I can see the plants waving in the current. We also have an under gravel filter system with 2 small air stones in the uplift tubes and we do have some live plants; 3 potted that we bought with the loach to replace the rooting plants and 2 algae balls that have been in the tank since the beginning. We added the loach and it did very well. Even acted out right before we had some snow fall. Today it did the same thing so I wondered if we were having another storm. When I checked on it again, he was breathing heavy. I tested the water, everything still pans out, but I still did a 25% water change, adding Stress Coat and Nitroban to the new water. Over the course of the days since we got the loach, 3 more fish have died. Not including the loach just a few minutes ago. I'm pretty upset by this as I'd never had this happen before. My tank temp is a constant 80*F. I read the loach is a cooler water tropical fish but only that higher temps shorten the life span by years. Any advice? My daughter has already named this fish too...

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  • Gary Youhas - 2011-03-09
    Get a test tube water kit for best water test results. One that reads Kh. I'm guessing that your new water has too many other chemicals mixed in if city water or well water from farm chemical runoff. Chlorine, metals, other chemicals that are stressing the fish and or lower oxygen levels. Chemicals can burn fish gills, if they appear inflamed, etc. City water with its chemicals that flex up and down based on when they add their chemicals is always unknown. Using water that has sat a week in a bucket is best. This allows chemicals to evaporate, metals to settle. Using a fresh bottle of stress coat and bacteria. They do spoil. Doing more than a 50% water change is never recommended. Adding salt to your fresh water to make it slightly brackish keeps microbes, parasites, algae, disease suppressed for healthy fish. I' d had two wipe outs of my fish. One because I failed to add stress coat and slime coat. I put 1.5 to 2x the dosage recommended to be safe it won't hurt the fish. The second failure was because of city water chemicals which is why I now over dose with stress coat and slime coat. Try to keep water changes at a 20% maximum weekly. More than 20% throws the bacteria balance of the aquarium off and to correct you should keep the lights off, aquarium dark to allow bacteria to rebuild as fast as possible or maximum of 12 hours light per day. Light allows algae to grow. Salting keeps algae at bay and disease under control. Read product directions for brackish water. Good Luck
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Anonymous - 2011-03-06
Somehow I have dojo loach one is about three to four years old it was in a20 gal. tank for a year I have been given another... the good news is that where there was two now I have eight I need to know if they eat their young they are in underground filters one is about 3 in. long the others are about 1-2in.long.

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  • Gary Youhas - 2011-03-09
    I would like to know what your tank environment conditions are. ie. Water temperature, fresh or brackish water, what foods do you use, substrate, etc. I have both gold and japanese dojos and would like to have them breed also. Thank You.
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