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JohnB - 2012-10-21
I have a 2 inch Yoyo in with my Betta and two Green Cories. He is always 'hanging' with the Cories and they even nudge him as if he is part of their shoal.

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Vicki - 2008-05-01
I had a horsefaced loach for about a year and a half. He grew to five inches long and was very peaceful. He often burrowed in the rocks and sand, so that only his head stuck out - trying to spot him became a bit of a game. Not nearly as active as dojo and weather loaches, and somewhat more shy. This is one of my favorite fish, due to their unique appearance, strange eating habits, peaceful nature, and the way they burrow. My horseface loach readily accepted sinking algae pellets. Unfortunately, he died soon after I added some additional aquarium gravel to my tank. I think the rocks may have leeched some minerals into the water, as the change also affected my shrimp, although my other loaches were fine.

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daniel - 2008-11-01
We have had a Peppered Firetail Tiger Loach (one of these guys, just a much cooler descriptive name) for about 8 months. Though he does chase after some species when the hang out on the bottom for too long, he is perfectly content with smaller loach species and corys. We 5 zodiac loaches for a long time with him (moved them to a smaller tank and 2 got killed selecting breeding partners... though we did end up getting a huge batch of eggs, which was cool), and recently restocked with small YoYo, one sinoboria pulchra (Red-Lipped Botia, though actually has yellow lips), two golden zebra loaches, and one giant YoYo that's about 7 in. We were a little worried about aggression from the Tiger Loach (he's 6 in.), but he really gets along with the YoYo well.

The way to keep peaceful loaches:
Give them hiding places. And peaceful bottom dwellers. Grab some large corys and your tiger will probably stop terrorizing your fish, since corys are oblivious to tankmates. Fish like to form hierarchies, and all the space the loaches have to discover that is on the bottom. If each fish has a place to call his own, it won't be anywhere near as aggressive.

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  • Wael - 2012-09-25
    Man...you guys listed some great fish! I think Tamien are amazing fish, so they would be in my top ten. Also, I can't believe I forgot bonefish and artic char...both in my top ten! There are so many kinds of fish that I want to catch... maybe I should have a top 1000 list LOL :)
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Anonymous - 2012-09-23
Does anybody know how to get rid of 'Ammonia'? I've tried frequent water changes. I've practiculary changed the whole of the tank water 3x now!! Taking out half of the water each time, but the ammonia test still shows green? I've bought the ammo lock which doesn't take out the ammonia it just makes it safe. I've read about ammo carb and chips will get rid of the ammonia but i cant seem to be able to buy it? Is there anything else I can buy that actually gets rid of the ammonia. Cheers in advance =)

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-24
    Sounds like you are testing water that is just added (fresh from the tap) as well as water that you have treated with ammonia removers. Ammonia is usually not present in your tap water, but you may want to test that to see if that's where its coming from. However, because you are repeatedly getting the same results each time you test, whether new water or treated water,  I would suspect the test kit may be bad.
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Mandy Thomas - 2012-09-12
Hi there. im new to all this =S i was wondering on how to avoid certain diseases? Would it make sense to add a drop of white spot into the aquariam every 3-6 months, Or would that be a complete waste of time?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-17
    Hmmm... white spot is usually considered a fish disease known as Ich. So not sure what you're asking. But with a properly maintained aquarium you shouldn't need to treat the tank with a medication. Best practices are to make sure you're tank gets cycled, do regular water changes, keep the temperature at the proper level and don't over feed.
  • Anonymous - 2012-09-23
    Thanks
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Snuffy - 2008-01-29
The Myers Loach was a great addition to our tank. I am thinking about getting another on to keep this one company (that way we may see him more!). Very neat looking fish, and keeps the fallen food cleaned up really well.

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  • Bree Andy - 2012-09-20
    I have just one, bought at least 5 years ago, before I knew how social they are, & now I can't find them anymore. I've read they can live 10 years or more. Would love to give my Slimy a couple of friends, although (s)he does come out more since I added some of the common but smaller beige kuhlis. Any ideas out there? I'm in Los Angeles.
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Tomek swavinski - 2012-08-25
My loach looks like he's about to blow up

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Andrew Wallace - 2012-07-22
I have 9 - 5 ' Redtail Botia's ?, that seem to be doing a breeding dance . The Dominent male does this wierd shake beside 3 of the ? females. I have them in a 175 gallon tank. They are very happy full of energy fish, but this dance just started today, It really is interesting!!! I wish I had a tripod to tape?. Any one ever have these loaches breed?, or Please do U think this is a matting dance ?. Thanks

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  • Andrew Wallace - 2012-07-22
    Also I have in the tank , other fish !!! I have 6-4-6 ' parrot fish, 2 red spooted orange severns 6', 1-5' clown loach, a 4' datinoid, and a 5' lemon Oscar, If they keep this dance up, I will remove any harmfull fish , Anyone ????Thanks ????
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-22
    Here is a link on U tube for the skunk botia breeding - I would assume that the Redtails would be a similar dance.  Music is good.  You can watch and determine if courting behavior.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QII_7KcMBXA  
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Melanie - 2012-05-21
I have a variety of yoyos for nearly 5 years now and I just love their markings. Each one has its own unique patterns. I've never had a problem with any of them as far as getting along w/my other fishes. Yet I to have wondered abt. their breeding. Maybe someone out there can help me. Tonight while cleaning my tank I came across several globs of what looks like mucus. I sat here a good 45 minutes wondering who did this. Anyway I have 2 yoyos that look very much pregnent I mean fat for like over 6 months. Well that mystery substance is coming from 1 of them. It's getting late and got to get some zs! Can anyone please tell me anything. Thank you!

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-21
    These fish will sometimes produce an excessive amount of slime coat. Check your water levels.
  • james1981 - 2012-07-13
    hi, i just read ur comment and its an interesting one, i myself am a keen fan of loach, i have a number of clown, yoyo and zebra loach, had them all for years, always wanted to breed them but wasnt sure how, i looked into it and got some advice, in the wild they only spawn once per year ond this is at the start of the rainy season, when i learned this i seperated my yoyo loach to a small community tank for about eight month, then moved them to a larger tank, cooler by 2 degrees, lower wattage light, and used a fluval pump raised out of the water with a long pipe attached, pierced the pipe in several places to mimic rainfall, since doing this i have observed behaviors such as chasing each other, swimming rubbing side by side, the males barbs have turned red and the famale is now huge, they go deeper and very plump before spawning, im expecting them to any time now
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James - 2012-06-10
I've had a dojo loach from the beginning RIP and it was always such a joy to watch my tank has never been the same.

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