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Suzanne - 2011-01-23
We have had our weather loach 7 to 8 years, he has become very bloated and seems to have gone a lot paler in colour, also his back end keeps floating to towards the top of the tank. Can anybody tell me what's wrong with him and is there anything I can do to help him?

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  • Gary Youhas - 2011-03-09
    It sounds simple and unflattering to the owner but bladder problems most often occur when the water and or diet are neglected. Dojos require clean water and a varied diet. Clean water means no algae with 10% weekly changes. It is best to add aquarium salt to your fresh water aquarium. REPEAT: add salt to your fresh water aquarium. The salt keeps microbes, parasites, germs suppressed so your fish don't easily get sick. All fresh water fish can tolerate some salt. The objective is brackish water: having some salt to control disease and parasites from food, fish, live foods, etc. DO NOT make a salt water aquarium. See product directions. I use about 1/4 to 1 tsp per gallon of fresh water. This is the amount that suits my volume, feeding habits and foods. It's just good medicine. Food for bladder trouble, make skinless peas, corn, potato, lettuce for snails part of your dojo diet. Peas act like a laxative and help digestion. Also skip feeding at least one day a week to allow complete digestion, allow appetites to increase and not just keep stuffing themselves. Sorry for the blabber. Clean brackish weekly 10% water changes. Salt does not evaporate but some will build in your filter cover so replace that same amount a few months later. Add skinless peas, corn, carrots pieces to your dojo diet to aid digestion. After doing these changes allow one week to a month for changes to take affect. If no improvement, your dojo is probably getting old or you have some really bad rainstorms, the barometric pressures cause his bladder reactions indicating rain is coming, ie. Weather Loach. Good Luck
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Gerianne - 2011-02-14
I have a deep blue, almost purple one - referred to on purchase as a "Purple passion botia loach". We have affectionately named him "Leo the lustfish". He is beautiful! He loves to hide in the log we have in our 20 gallon tank, and corrals all sinking wafer and pellet food, sucking it up and bringing it back into his log. He lies frequently on his side, definitely giving the appearance of death! He is 17 years old!
Unfortunately, he now has some kind of health issue, with a 90-degree kink in his lower body/tail, and has begun to develop an open sore where the bend is. I'm afraid he's not long for this world. I wish there was a way to help him, but he's never done well in treated water of any kind - likely because of his unique "skin-like" scaling - he has a habit of jumping out of the tank - has done so many, many times! This fish has many lives!
After 17 years, I've grown attached to Leo, and will miss him when he goes. This breed of fish is a pleasure to have in a home tank!

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Joe Staham - 2010-08-29
I bought two Kuhli loaches the other day and one of them was HUGE. He was about an inch and instead of having stripes he was a pinkish red. I bought him immediately and settled him into my tank. I've had him for several weeks now and I've noticed that he is much more energetic and not as shy as my other Kuhli loaches.

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  • greg - 2010-10-09
    The ones with no stripes are much better they move around and enjoy a swim about the stripy ones I only ever see at cleaning time in a bucket complete waste of time.
  • Jeff - 2010-10-27
    I live in Atlanta and can't find any store that carries the Kuhli loaches. Does anyone have a mail order recommendation?
    JG
  • sam jackson - 2011-01-20
    Could easily be a kuhli or a baby gold weather/ dojo loach. I hope its a kuhli, dojos do best in tanks of 30 gal and up with at least one friend and won't hang out with kuhli once they outgrow them. If your tank is 55gal then go ahead and buy 2 more dojos and some more kuhli other wise I would watch it and make sure it doesn't exceed 3"(the dojo will get 6" minimum and 10" on average) if you're up for it, send me a pic of it to my email Disturbed95@live.com
  • james - 2011-02-12
    That is a little one mine is 2 inches 5 to 6 cm.
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CJ - 2010-09-27
I must be doing something wrong! I got a Brown Dojo Loach a bout 3 weeks ago and all it does is hide, as far as I know none of my fish have been bothering it.
Yesterday I went and got another Dojo Loach all I could find was the Gold one, I put him in the tank (I have a 60 gal tank) he didn't hide right away but after awhile he hide.
My question is how do you get these little guys to be friendly toward me cause I do like them and they are cute,but my Mollies are more friendlier than the dojos are.
Thank you
CJ

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  • Stephanie - 2010-11-23
    You might have to get wet for this one! My partner is in love with these fish and in truth so am I lol. They can be quite affectionate. They come out to play around our fingers and the one will even sit in your hand when cleaning out the tank. In the early days they were fairly timid but my partner used frozen blood worms (the ones that come in a sheet of blocks) he would lower the block to just in front of where they are (as they can't see from behind/let them approach a bit like a dog really..) and in time they would come straight out as soon as you open the tank. Also the more places to hide they have the more likely you are to see them..sounds silly but it works.
  • docter.Z - 2011-02-05
    This is normal for them. They are most active at night, so they hide in the day.

    Over time they become more tame and if you take time you can even get him to come out for some food!
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2rivers - 2010-12-18
Mine is about a decade old now & 7" long. I wouldn't say its blue, cuz since I've had modesta his color has gone from blueish-gray to a very dark slate color, almost black. I have dark gravel& lots of slate, he's adopted almost the exact color of his fav. slate hideout. Buy the natural color, don't buy dyed "blueberry or rasberry Botia" cruel.

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andrew - 2010-12-16
Yo-yo loaches can easily reach 6" if provided a large enough aquarium. When adult they can easily defend themselves from aggressive cichlids like Kenyi and venustus

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spencer - 2010-11-20
If you keep too much kuhli loach, they will be active EVEN IN THE DAY AND AFTERNOON as since they are interactive even to bigger fishes. I now keep kuhli loaches thanks to this information on this website as it encourages to keep these fishes. This website sometimes encourages you to keep a certain type of fish either than providing information for you to keep fishes.

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N. Damon - 2007-04-25
We have had to dojo loaches for at least 2 years and although I didn't like the look of them at first my adult son purchased them for his tank. He went out of town to work leaving me to care for them. They are great fun to watch and indeed have their own personalities. We had not given a thought to changing the environment of the tank from that of our usual fish but after going online yesterday and learning more about them we have completey redone our tank with new gravel which is softer and they can burrow in. It is well worth the great effort we have gone through. They are in a 50 + 5 sided tank and enjoy zooming around like lightning. We added most of the old water back in as we needed more gravel and they were jumping like trout in a lake. Great fun to watch and lovable once you get used to their more eel like appearance. Our local pet store doesn't have a lot of success in getting them in alive but have agreed to special order some for us. We found we have a male and female so may in the future attempt the breeding instructions we found on the web. We have regular brown dogo's. We once had a pair that were more silver/blue but can't find any information on them nor do they show up online. Those who are part of this world of Dojo's seem to enjoy them as much as we do. While their tank was in a corner of the room for almost a year since moving them out into an area where they can SEE what's happening they are much more active and having a lot of fun. Any info. on tank mates of a more colorful nature would be appreciated, thanks all and help keep these wonderful creatures more known to other fish lovers who might not yet have discovered their special uniqeness.

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  • Alisabeth - 2010-09-29
    Our dojos (we have 3 of the gold variety) thoroughly enjoy the company of our ryukin goldfish and butterfly koi. Recently, we added two black moors to our tank and they are all getting along as well. The koi and the ryukin goldfish come in all varieties of colors that might compliment your tank habitat. =)
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Nethemas - 2009-02-15
Jennie: it sounds as if your loach might be having trouble regulating it's "swim bladder." This can be caused by a few things including infections. This problem while not fatal per-se in and of itself, it can prevent the poor guy from reaching food at the bottom of the tank.

I would recommend paying close attention to feeding, stooling, signs of infections (raised scales, inflamed anus, swelling, etc.), behavior (lights on/off). Mean while cruise around the web looking for information on swim bladder infections, especially pertaining to loaches for which this problem is more common.
Editor's Note: There is a lot of information about swim bladder disease online, and you can also read about the symptoms and treatments here on Animal-World, on the "Aquarium Fish Diseases and Treatments" page. Good luck with your fish!

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  • Emma - 2010-09-27
    My dojo loach I got about 5 days ago, when I came home from school I found it resting upside-down. At first it looked like it was dead but then I saw that about every 5 seconds it would take a big gulp of water, I tried poking it and it swam around but it settled upside-down again. It has been eating and has been very active. Is this a bladder infection as well? Please help me!
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Tom Curtis - 2010-05-24
Can dojo loaches survive in outdoor ponds?

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  • Mermaid - 2010-06-21
    Tom, I've had a loach in my outdoor pond here in the So.Cal area for almost a year. It's doing fine with it's mates, a handful of mosquito fish, a beautiful goldie (looks like koi, but not sure of lineage), and a crusty crawdaddy.
  • Lois Fermin - 2010-08-12
    Yes, as long as the water temperature stays below 30 degrees C. We grow them in outdoor ponds and ricefields.
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