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Julio Perez - 2008-03-26
I have a bright orange tailed, light blue botia. I bought two in '92,
a blue and a pink one, and it's now 2008 and the blue is still alive. That's 16 years. The pink one died about 4 years ago. It was highly hassled into submission by the blue one to the point that I think it starved. They both sleep on their side, giving the appearance of death. Since their colors faded from bright blue and bright pink, I assume they were dyed. I have been looking for the name of this species and have never found them in any shop. They permanently live under a large rock and burrow, messing up the undergravel filter, especially when I have other large fish/turtles in the tank. I had to move the turtle out for fear of it eating the 16 year old. I could never tell what sex they were. They looked the same.

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joe - 2008-03-17
I currently have 30 yoyo loaches in a 6'2'2' tank, along with a range of americans. They seem to be the only fish that can survive well with agressive fish such as dovei, jaguars, and flowerhorns.

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chris - 2008-03-13
In my experience, and I've kept clown loaches for years, when I introduce new loaches I do a reshuffle of the ornaments to allow the loaches to establish new territories.


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Pierce Tulley - 2008-03-11
I bought 6 of these one day when they were on sale, 3 for $1.99 - love them so much I bought six more when they weren't on sale! They are shy for sure, but that makes seeing one of them poking a head out from a hiding place all that more special. And of the six in the gourami tank, two are quite active all the time.

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Jack - 2008-03-10
I got 2 dojo loaches. When I put them in the tank I thought they were dead because they were not moving. But the next morning they were swimming about like happy chappies. They like to lie in my castle ornament.

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Laure - 2008-03-08
Hi.
I have a little problem with my last clown loach and I would like to know if anyone can advise me. We had 2 of them 9 years ago, and had different species who all died one by one. Since the last fish died tragically (the pomp broke during the night and the clown was the last one of the two alive on the little water left). Since he has been alone (approx 1 month) he spent all his time hiding in the vase I bought for them few years ago. He/she sounds a bit traumatize still by this accident I think. Anyway, today we bought him 2 clown friends and other species to keep him entertained. I suppose they will all settle down within few days. Therefore, I want to create a hiding place for the new one with 3 flat stones so when hidden we can still see them. My question is: can I remove the vase for the old one as I don't see him/her as much as before, or you will advice me to keep the vase as this it an old fish now? If anyone has experience this ..
Thanks for you help
Laure

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Tyler - 2008-03-03
My dojo loach, cleverly named dojo, is a weird fish. When I try to pet him he swims away but then swims right back to my hand. He likes to lay on top of the gravel filter where there's moving water, and yes he farts.

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chintooka - 2008-02-13
You guys should put how long the dojo loaches live on this site, also we named our dojo loach Hyfex. Oh, and his tricks are jumping out of the water and farting!(It reaks really bad!)

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Christopher Hall - 2008-01-28
The reason this afforable little loach farts is related to its name: the weather loach. Most fish have swim bladders, small sacks filled with air that help maintain bouyancy. In this fish, the swim bladder is attached to some bone. When a low pressure system moves in (as when a storm developes), the swim bladder changes in size. Because of the bony attachment in the loach, it feels this change. This causes it to become more active, often racing to the surface to grab a gulp of air (something like us trying to pop our ears in an air plane). Sometimes this air goes into the digestive tract, and gets espelled. There is your farting fish.

These fish do like to be touched; I've held one in my hand for several minutes. They are quite funny and anyone who dislikes them based on their looks don't deserve them.

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kathy - 2008-01-21
I got my second Yo Yo loach the other day. My first one only lived for 2 years. Maybe this one will live longer for me. I named him Yo Yo. I thought that name would suit him. He's very actived. Swims and swims. Up and down the tank. Makes me dizzy and tired.

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