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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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Sovit - 2009-12-05
I have 3 bengal loaches & they ARE NOT community fishes... They swiped the head of my oranda red cap & are frequently attacking my 6 inch iridescent shark!

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  • jacky - 2012-05-30
    I am so sorry for your fish
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Ray - 2012-05-30
How do I get my loch to stop diging my live Plants any Ideas?

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Ria - 2011-05-24
After cleaning the gravel in my tank my kuhli loach started going crazy swimming really fast all around the tank for hours. Then after a few days we hadn't seen him and just thought maybe he was hiding out somewhere. A week later I noticed my puppy playing with something on ground, and there it was my poor kuhli loach all dry and shrivelled up! I searched on google and found this has happened to others so keep a lid on your tank if you have these loaches.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-25
    I am sorry. Just not fair. I came home from work and my dog ( a doberman) was sitting at the top of the stairs and she had all this fur in her mouth. I was ready to maim and she just opened her mouth and let out my little kitten. My kitten was perfectly fine and I guess the dobie just decided to give her a ride. Unfortunately, your guy needed water.
  • Bree Andy - 2012-05-27
    Sorry for your loss. Loaches are very sensitive to water chemistry changes; perhaps yours was trying to get away from something irritating? They hate salt.
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Phantomwicca - 2012-05-16
We bought 2 of these little clown loaches. They are Very colorful and we just fell in love with them. One though had a lighter black pattern then the other. They hide a lot. Unfortunately the lighter one was found dead under the ship, and we know it didn't fall on him or anything. Poor little guys tail fin was sticking out. My grandson said it fell on him like the house on the wicked witch. lol Any way, we looked him over for ich but didnt find any. My question is the mate is missing. Could he have burrowed to far into the sand and we will see him again? We have searched the entire tank. We also have 2 irredescent sharks, but they are babies, and one little tiny eel like fish that spends most fo its time wrapped around a rock in the sand, too. Just curious, we just set up a 90 gallon aquarium for the first time. Anything will be helpful.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-17
    Loaches need a very well established tank. Not a good fish for a newly established tank. It could have burrowed. Sometimes the filters can suck these guys in too.
  • Phantomwicca - 2012-05-26
    Thanks for replying. He did make appearances, but we never really figured out where he was hiding or burrowing. We lost him, too. Unfortunately, I am stumped. Still no site of anything that would have killed or hurt him.
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BRYAN - 2010-05-18
My loach has killed 2 of my fish.

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  • Patricia - 2010-10-01
    I doubt that. Perhaps they got sick on their own. These loaches are very peaceful and will not harm any other fish that I've seen. I've owned Clowns, Dojos, and Golden Dojos and not a single loach has harmed a single scale on any of my other fish. This has got to be the most peaceful fish ever. Very friendly and very non-aggressive.
  • Gary Youhas - 2011-03-08
    I have 4 loaches. They like live food. 2 each gold and japanese in a 30 gal. that completely cleaned my tank of a snail infestation but didn't stop until after eating my gold and black snails I thought were safe. Their tank mates include ghost shrimp for food, 8 cardinal tetra, 2 neon tetra, 2 rasbora, 2 corydora, 2 african dwarf frogs, 2 ea. red, orange, green glow fish, 2 redwag platy to make babies, (Some get eaten, some survive to grow up, watch the inbreeding makes weird fish), 2 otocincleos, high fins, larger snails (Dojos eat gold or black snails if not fed enough-not recommended), 2 guppies that won't leave the platy alone, always trying to eat babies when she's ready to give birth, not recommended with platy, and a couple others I can't recall their names. Everyone gets along great, if you add ghost shrimp or platy add foliage, real or fake for hiding to escape. I don't like to live feed but it is a natural food cycle which I do prefer as an addition to my man made foods. Dojos also like skinned peas. Just pop some cooked peas out of their shell and drop in your tank, pieces of potato, corn, lettuce. All the bottom feeders will love you. Use them to hand feed and train your dojo to eat out of your hand and so you can pick them up and hold them. Be very patient and train em, daily, may take weeks, they are friendly like you but you too would be afraid if you were his size and he your size and he tried to pick you up. Do your weekly water changes and monthly filter changes. Water quality is the most important for a happy pet. It directly affects their entire personality, lifestyle, happiness. You will enjoy them most if they are happy. Water and filter changes go hand in hand and should be done based on how much feeding and excess food is uneaten and rotting. Better to underfeed until you find how much they will eat in about 5 minutes then stick with that amount at least once a day. Do not gauge the dojo eating because they eat when ever so you cannot watch them 24/7. The goal is a pretty clean, not much rotting food environment and you should find success and fun using the fish I've named. When adding fish, consider their full growth size and compatibility before adding. Best wishes.
  • chris - 2011-04-05
    First, what kind of fish was it?
  • chris - 2011-04-05
    First, what kind of fish was it?
  • Andrew - 2012-05-25
    Doubtful the fish killed were most likely sick or half dead, if not 1 of those 2 then he was probaly displaying dominance.
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Ben - 2011-07-30
Hey, have recently got 2 weather loaches and already have 4 goldfish. I feed the goldfish pellets/ wafers and the loaches algae wafers but the greedy goldfish decide to eat everything.

The loaches seem to be blind as they can tell the wafers there somewhere but can't find it and I'm worried they are not getting enough food due to the goldfish. When they find the wafer the goldfish knock it around and the loaches loose it again.
I also have a snail and he never even comes close to a wafer but eats the algae on the decoration.

Anyone know if I'm starving my loaches and what I can do to give the loaches more chance to feed without the fish getting to it first??

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  • fishyhelper - 2011-09-10
    It's probably getting enough since they eat pretty much anything. But to be sure after you turn the lights out then drop some pellets or flakes in. The goldfish will sleep while the Dojo feasts. BTW...a skewer with a few tidbits of clean dark leafy greens, a soybean (unsalted Edimame) or zucchini that is stuck in the rocks are favorites and can easily be pulled out in the morning. Always put it in the same place near where they like to "rest" and they'll find it.
  • gypsy - 2012-01-06
    I've read they eat bloodworms bites of snail and shrimp brine
  • Andrew - 2012-05-25
    Try using a piece of PVC pipe to feed him. Stick the PVC pipe in the water next to him and then pour the food down the PVC pipe.
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