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dennis donato - 2009-07-22
Hi, I just bought my first 10 gallon aquarium tank and I have 1 kissing gourami, 1 blue gourami (who by the way is very terratorial), 1 tri-color shark, and 1 algea eater. What other fresh water fish could I get for my tank. P.S. My fishs are about 2 1/2 to 3 inch. long.

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  • Lori Henson - 2012-04-21
    Hi Dennis. I have always heard to stock your aquarium 1 inch of fish to 1 gallon. When counting fish inches you should consider their adult length. You are probably at your max.
  • Ike - 2012-12-29
    I agree. In my aquarium, which is ten gallons and was setup not long ago, I have only one Marble Loach (plan on getting two more) that is about one inch long and a two inch long Neon Blue Dwarf Gourami.
kathy - 2007-01-15
I was amazed when I saw these guys in person! The color was so much brighter than the picture here...I brought two of them home, and added to the tank with 2 clown loaches, 3 koi angels, 2 white tetras and a black ghost fish, and lastly a golden dojo!
They fit in at once, and began playing by nightfall. A joy to watch, they circle each other, and are very active...still am amazed by the beautiful black/brown and bright gold colors they have.

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  • Ike - 2012-12-28
    I just got one of these and they are absolutley amazing! Mine is quite small at a little less than an inch long. These are the absolute best loaches.
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Trevor Lingbeck - 2012-12-21
So I'm still kind of new to loaches but I love these fish, they're simply amazing! But this morning as I went to feed them (I have a male and female) I noticed my female has a rather large bump right behind her right pectoral fin. There is no color distortion except for a tiny dark red dot on the bottom of this bump. I'm not sure what it is and it's got me worried. Does anyone have any info or experience on what this could be? :(

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-21
    Primafix or mela fix could help.  It could be a bacterial or parasite infection.
Janis - 2012-04-17
I have a dojo and kuil loach in a 10 gal tank I would like to get one more of each will I be overcrowding them ????

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-17
    That will be fine for them.
  • Ed - 2012-12-10
    Some driftwood with an attached live plant would make this a happy home for them :)
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Patrice Johnson - 2008-07-06
I received a Leptobotia guilinensis and put it in with my Koi and within two days my Koi are dead, it chased them around the pond, 80 gallons with many hiding area's. Is this normal behavior?

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  • Ed - 2012-12-10
    How minute are the koi??? Do you have the right species here??? My 8' koi took on and swallowed my 3' male melanchromis johnsonnae whole then after a bit of chewing on him spat him out(minutes after a good feed might i add). Pakistani loach is the only fellow amognst a plethora of fish to harass my koi( i have 6, two big ones, 1 medium and 3 juveniles(1.5'-2 '). Even the jack dempsey doesn't care to bother the sometimes spasmodic Nishikigoi haha
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Joe - 2012-04-12
I just purchased a loach about a week ago, the first day he/she pretty much stayed to itself and in one place. I woke up the next morning and realized the loach had made its way into the mouth of a fake alligator (Open on both ends). To the best of my knowledge the loach has not moved from that spot, unless he/she is coming out @ night or when I'm gone. Is this normal or should I be worried and do something? Thanks for any help in advance.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-13
    Nothing to worry about. They like to hide and probably coming out at night.
  • Ed - 2012-12-10
    Your tank(it's entire world) is too small?, there isn't enough furniture(decorations) in his world(so it is like an underwater barren wasteland)?, it's personality(each fish has an individual character, also I have read that these fish love the company of their fellows as I'm sure you do yours?) causes it to feel scared and alone in a strange environment. I have many large tanks with a fair few fish, all of them do better with fellow species, even my rainbow sharks(2 adults and 6 juveniles). Creating an underwater utopia for the animals is my obligation to nature and them as much as it is to myself. 'ED'
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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 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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