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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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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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