Animal Stories - Loaches


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Mike - 2008-05-04
I have mine in an outside pond with Goldfish. I thought I had lost him about 8 years ago. This year when I relined the pond I found this fellow still very much alive, bigger and very healthy. Strange that he does not come to the surface like he used to.

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JT - 2008-04-13
I have 5 yoyos in a 75. They are about 2 years old and range in size from 3 1/2 inches to almost 5 inches long. As active as these loaches are, I would not recommend keeping them in any tank shorter than 36 inches, and as large as they get, 48 inches would be much better. They are always playing, dancing about the tank, investigating the two gouramis they live with, tussling with each other and the 8 striped loaches they share the tank with.

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JT - 2008-04-13
I have 7 of these in a heavily planted 50 breeder with 3 weather loaches, a Nemacheilus masyae, a bristlenosed pleco, and 8 red eye tetras as dithers. I originally has a single one that I purchased with a 20 gallon tank, and gave him 4 companions when I moved him to the 50 with 5 yoyos. This made the BBLs quite shy, and even after removing the yoyos to a 75, I rarely saw the BBLs until I purchased 2 more to add to the shoal. Now, though they are still a bit skittish, they are much more often out and about in the front of the tank.

An interesting behavior I noticed when I was taking the tank down to move it - the BBLs would swim to wherever the pleco was hand hide under his pectoral fins.

Regardless of their year of shyness, these are some of the most beautiful fish I own.

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Cathy - 2008-04-08
I love weather loaches so much. They are very intelligent fish! They remember a lot, such as when I am placing thawed out blood worm in a certain area, they will gather in that specific area! My favoured fish are indeed weather loaches! Good luck with your weather loaches, weather loach keepers

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Emily - 2008-04-06
I have four Yoyo loaches I've had for 6 years. My largest is at least 5 1/2" long and the dominant Yoyo of the tank. They change colors during feed time, when another loach enters their 'territory', or when quarreling over something. Usually this color change is a slightly iridescent/pearlescent bluish color on top of their normal coloration; however, I've seen one or two of mine almost loose their colors when they lose a fight. They turn a beautiful copper color to express dominance, and become so dark you can barely see the stripes when fighting. Just before they change colors, their cheeks turn a metallic silvery blue color and soon after they rapidly shift colors.

FYI- for the new loach owners, most loaches take naps! If you see your loaches start to sway and sort of rest on their sides a bit (and it hasn't been acting weird otherwise), its a good thing! It means it feels safe outside of its hiding place & is taking a nap :). Sometimes they take these in huge groups, huddled up next to each other. Also, they can get quite rough when fighting over food or their territories, but I've yet to see one of mine hurt another one. I love these fish, they each have their own unique personalities and will become the stars of your tank. I highly recommend getting more than one though. They seem happier that way :).

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kevin from ky - 2008-03-30
I have to say the Clown loach is one of my favorite freshwater fish. Got my first one and 17.7 years have passed since then and I'm still buying food for this guy. He's a male named Phoenix. When I got him he was as long as a thumbnail, he's about four inches now. He was the only surviver when my first tank (30 gallon, which I bought at a yard sale) sprung a leak, cracked, and exploded. If it wouldn't have been for Phoenix I would have called it quits then. I saved all my fish in bucket but they all died minus the loach. Times were harder for me then and he ended up living in my bathroom sink for 2 days until I found a way to borrow money for new tank. I have a 55 gallon now and he lives quite a happy life with two other Clown loaches. They love to hide but you still see them often and they are definately the class clowns of the community. They'll do all sorts of crazy stuff and they get along with absolutely everything. They live a long time though, so you better be prepared for a long term relationship.

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greg - 2008-03-30

I also have one of these in my African cichlid tank. This fish is extremely aggressive towards all of my fish. I put him in and immediately he began tormenting all fish, even fish much larger than him. He is very interesting to watch I just hope my other fish get used to him soon. They all seem to be scared.

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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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