Animal Stories - Loaches


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Mike - 2009-09-07
I have two YoYo Loaches who have lived happily in a Cichlid tank for a couple of months. Yesterday, I saw their behaviour change from amusing to bizarre! They chased each other for about twenty minutes, circling and almost digging a hole in the gravel - at high speed. What really surprised me was that one of the loaches almost completely lost its colour, becoming nearly totally white. As soon as it had begun, the "ritual" ended and they swam off happily to continue eating. The one who had lost its colour regained its normal look within a couple of hours.

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Amy - 2009-08-26
I've had my dojo loach for about 2 months but I did not know it needed sand of fine gravel, is this a major problem because I have never seen it try to dig into it.
Also he never seems to want to interact when I feed him or clean the tank, does this mean there's something wrong or is it just his personality?
Amy, 12

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Amy - 2009-08-04
We have recently bought a clown loach - despite being told at the shop they can be shy and reclusive, ours is one of the liveliest fish in the aquarium! He is always out and about, we only have one at the moment but he seems happy enough on his own, and gets along well with all the others, especially the small corys. Would like another, they are beautifully marked.

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Anonymous - 2009-07-17
Tiger loaches are any loach with the Syncrossus genus. Calling a Clown "Tiger" is an insult to their peaceful, playful nature. Read the comments and description about the Berdmores Loach to find out what Tiger loaches are like, whereas Clowns will be playful even when they're 8+ inches long and 30+ years old. Also, putting Clowns into a 30 gallon tank (which is actually a small tank, not a 'fairly large' tank) will probably begin to stunt its growth after a couple years, causing stress and lower quality of life, they are recommended by actual loach experts to never be bought unless you are able to put them in a 180 gallon tank once they hit a certain length. They are very fast swimmers and require a lot of room for zipping around the tank playfully. Also, don't be alarmed if you find them piled up, squished inside a small hole. They like to do that, and part of why they got their name... they act like clowns.

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fishlover16 - 2009-07-14
I am going to pick up two dojo loaches tomorrow and was wondering if regular beach sand will do??

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AR - 2009-07-11
The bit about them resting on other fish is true. Tesla, the largest and laziest of my loaches, will actually ride my telescope eye goldfish to the surface of the tank when I feed them. Very amusing to watch.

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henry luepke - 2009-05-13
I have one kuhli and it is pitch black and looks so cool. At first when I got it, it hid all the time and I thought it was going to die cause I never saw it eat. But now it's out all the time and I see it cleaning the bottom.

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Shortcake - 2009-03-29
I have 2 clown loaches. They are about a 1 1/2 yrs old and I absoulty love them! They do a "dance" where them swim up and down the tank and they do this for minutes at a time. They love to chase one another around the tank and also hide. I originally bought them to fix a snail problem that I had and let me tell ya, they were soooo worth the money. I had about 40-50 baby snails from a live plant and between the 2 loaches, the snails were gone within 3 days. They were little when I got them and now they are around 5-6 inches. When we first bought them they hid all the time but then we bought a new 70 gallon tank and they only hid for the first few days and now all they do is swim around. 1 hides more than the other but in the evening, they both come out to play. I would be totally devastated if something happens to either one of them. They are just so neat!

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john - 2009-03-13
I recently just purchased two clown loaches. The store I purchased them from the owner has been dealing with fish for years. Any way he told me I could put them in my tank with my Semi Agressive Cichlids as he has three or four in a large 110 gallon display tank in in his store with all agressive and semi agressive cichlids. On only my secound day one is very reclusive almost seems sick. I have a 75 gallon tank, temperature between 79 and 80, plenty of hiding places, and small to medium cichlids. The other one seems to be getting along ok so far, do you think this is a good idea to keep in this tank or does the other loach just need adjustment time. The tank has been established before but I just started it back again up about a month ago, because I did a tear down to move it to different room. The water quality is good with high PH.

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Miquel - 2009-03-07
I only have one clown loach left of a party of five when they were little. He's about six inches...easy. My Oscar's size won't allow me to introduce any new fish at this time; I really would like to have more loaches. They ARE very colorful. That playing dead thing is weird to say the least.

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