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Joey Bear - 2010-06-19
I was given a "weather" loach about 2 years ago and simply love her! She is in a community tank (90 gal. Bow Front) with a female Frontosa, Veil Tail Oscar, (2) Green Terrors, Livingstonii, Spotted Pleco, (2) Cories, and a baby Total Spotted Pleco. She likes to "nurture" the Smaller and/or fry fish but seems to be VERY aggressive w/all the others, what gives?! If any one wants they can contact me at my email : emvm1116@gmail.com

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Erica - 2010-05-23
I have a dojo loach which is about seven years old. She jumped out of the tank one night and dried out almost on the floor before I found her. I put her back in the tank, she recovered after a few days, losing fin ends and barble ends, but she grew them back. I introduced another loach a few months back, some time later, my large loach, now almost ten inches long, began having shed like spots on her sides and swim bladder issues. I followed the instructions of the aquarium shop people, treating with BiFuran+ with half tank water changes every other day for a week. This worked, my loach was back on the floor of the tank, not floating sideways at the top anymore. When I stop treatment, though, she gets shed spots on her and if stressed floats sideways again. Her face is now whitish, but not fuzzy, and she doesn't seem to be eating. I can't put live plants back in for her to hide in/under, until I rid the tank of medicine (the medicine killed my plants almost overnight) with more water changes, but I'm scared to do that because it seems to be a huge stressor. I don't want to lose this amazing fish, she swims (or did, when healthy) through my fingers and takes food from me. What should I do?

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Andy - 2010-04-25
I have an 80gal tank. I did my reserch and have lots of sand and gravel and plenty of hiding places. I got two Dojos about 3 inches each. At first I saw both 2 or 3 times a day. Now 2 weeks in I see one if I am lucky. Also have two six inch comments and two small cwarfish plus 4 water hyacinth. Note the goldfish are very active. This is not at all what I expected from these fish. Any comments? Thanks Andy

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laurie - 2010-04-19
We have had a nice dojo in our 55 gallon tank for about 3 years now. He is pretty interesting to watch. Lately he has been swimming upside down and spinning in an upside down circle. Any ideas what might be going on with him? I don't want to lose him, but at the same time if he is just going to continue going down, I would probably euthanize him. Any info is appreciated.

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Sharon - 2010-04-18
I have one in a 10-gallon tank mixed with several guppies...they do well together...my botia does like to chase the guppies but it hasn't killed anyone... I'm new to fish and the guy at the pet store said it would work...does anyone see any problems? I've had him mixed with my guppies for about 2 months...would he need a bigger tank soon? There are other bottom dwellers in my tank but I only have one botia robusta. He was aggressive at first but now is fine.

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Margaret - 2010-04-16
Very excited. Have just cleaned my tank and while vacuuming the gravel and cleaning around the live plant I syphoned up a lot of large orange eggs (2mm). My Yoyos are about 4yrs old and I only have 2 in a community tank, approx 85 litres. Has to be the loaches as I have no other pair of egg breeders in tank, or any other fish big enough for these eggs. Female has been very lethagic the last couple of weeks. Don't expect anything to come of it now that they've been disturbed. I remember when I first got them and researched about Pakistani Loaches. It said nothing was known about breeding as they were not done commercially. All I can tell you is the tank is cleaned every week - so eggs haven't been there long, and where the loaches usually chase each other they are happy to be quiet and lay together at the moment. If anything else happens will post again.

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Brian Huebner - 2010-04-05
I have a 55 gallon community tank with mostly Tetras, White Clouds, one Male Betta, two Alge Eaters, two Plecos and three Black Kuhli Loaches. The bottom is heavily vegitated and has many rock formations for them to hide. I rarely see the Loaches except when moving from one hidding spot to another, until yesterday when I noticed I had babies. I'm not sure how many (5+), but now they seem to be everywhere.

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Jo - 2010-01-14
While I was cleaning my tank last week I decided one of my large ornaments needed a good cleaning. Now I know sometimes the fish I have hide here at cleaning time, so I checked nothing was inside, then removed it. As I placed it down my lovely yoyo loach plopped out. Whoops, I tried to grab him quickly to put him back in my tank and the little begger sliced 2 little gashes in my hand which bled, slightly. I can only think that it's his little what looks like whiskers he has around his mouth, so lets say I didn't try picking him up again. So I grabbed my net and put him back in that way, which is probably what I should have done in the 1st place, lol. He is absolutely fine now, back 2 his cheeky self thank god. But I won't be doing that again any time soon. xxx

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  • Mat Malta - 2010-03-06
    They're a great fish, but I don't agree that they are not active during the day. I have 6 in a 250litre, they are 1 year old, and they are really tiring to watch. They do not pause for 1 second! At night they will rest on a leaf and sleep sideways which is quite funy. Also I am very curious about their reproduction, I couldn't find anything on the net. I have seen them mating several times at night, swimming side byside curling up into each other, but I never found any eggs.
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Anonymous - 2010-02-09
I have 2 clown loaches in a 29 gal with 3 platys 2 danios 1 algae eater and 3 kulhili loaches. Is the tank too small for the clown loaches or just fine? Any suggestions would be great. They are the coolest fish to watch and stand out the most. I would reccomend them to any one wanting a pure fresh water tank.

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  • Katie - 2010-03-05
    I would upgrade your tank to anywhere from a 32 gallon to a 240 depending on the kind of algae eater you have. But, your tank is already slightly overstocked regardless.
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coppper - 2010-02-07
I have just purchased a larger aquarium, 380 litres, and moved my gang of 7 clown loaches, 4 large 6 to 7 inches long, and 3 small 2 inches long. They think it's their birthday, chasing each other around the tank which they share with 2 weather loaches, 6 inches 2 hoplo cats 4 inches, an upsidedown cat 3 inches, 3 glass cats 3 inches, 3 swordtails, 2 mollies, various guppies, 4 lemon tetra, a dozen neons, and 2 plecs. All live happily together. My oldest clown is nearly 17 years old and still swims like a young'un. Just treated them to a fluval 405 external up from a 305. And they love prawns, the loaches that is.

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