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Valerie Kennedy - 2012-02-13
I have a Dojo loach, I have had it for years. I have noticed he has had wounds on him. Just on his face. It's been over a week now and nothing else is sick, but he is getting worse. Any advice, I Love my Loaches!!!

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  • Alex Burleson - 2012-02-13
    The wounds could be due to a number of reasons, ranging from other fish attacking him to him scraping himself accidentally on an object in the aquarium. If you have aggressive fish in the aquarium such as cichlids, I would suggest removing either them to a new aquarium, or the Loach itself. Additionally, watch for signs of other fish harassing your fish. In the meantime, you can try treating the wounds by adding Melafix (which can be purchased at many pet stores) to the aquarium as directed.
  • Tanya Altice - 2012-02-20
    Try feeding him more (with sinker pellets). We had one several years ago for several years when he would get overly hungery he would bury his face in the gravel and would end up with sores from the rocks. If you live near a river or lake try serching for some freash water musles for him. Ours loved them (though let them sit in clean tap water for 24 hours to purge of river/lake gew). Any survivors will act as under ground filtration as well until he finds them. You will enjoy watching him hunt them!! good luck
  • Andrew - 2012-05-25
    Try putting him in a small tank, under 10 gallons, or in a large bowl.
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Tiffiny - 2006-05-07
here is something about the yo yo loach and its weird behaviors. i have a yo yo loach that attacks my other fish. it seems to be consistantly chasing them and trying to eat their tail fins.

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  • Andrew - 2012-05-25
    That is a normal behavior. It is usually done by a male yoyo loach, or is sometimes done in a playful manor
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Corrie - 2012-05-21
We have had our single skunk loach (2 inches long) in a 10 gallon tank for over a year. We have a planted aquarium with many logs and it hides most of the day under the logs, but comes out at night for feeding. It is amazing to watch feed, it darts around so fast! And it is very durable and long-lived, we had algae take over our tank and Pepe survived despite the poor filtration that ensued. HOWEVER, it has been aggressive towards other bottom-dwelling fish in the tank, especially the sedentary corydoras. Needs fast swimming tank mates.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-22
    They can be a bit territorial. If you add a lot of caves to a larger tank they are normally fine.
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Trey - 2011-08-20
Is it strange that my loach likes to sit directly under my black skirt tetras as if its schooling with them?

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  • Kellie Gates Dewey - 2012-05-06
    Loaches are communal fish. Meaning that they do well with all fish (for the most part) but also can be schooling fish. Since my loach is completely nocturnal, and I NEVER see it in the daytime, I bought another loach so that it does better. If your loach is more of a daytime fish, I would say that it would be fine and normal for your loach to 'school' with your tetras.
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Babs - 2012-04-28
I've just given away two pakistani loaches after keeping them for eight years. They have bullied and hounded every fish in my tank to the death. Beautiful fish to look at, fascinating to watch but down and out bullies. Would never give them a place in a tank again.

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shannon - 2012-04-27
One of my loaches is very sick, thought it was dead but it keeps waking up. He is swollen through out his belly. Help, I don't want him to die, but I dont want him to suffer either.

Thanks for any help
Shannon

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-27
    Have you checked water quality?
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neil - 2011-03-19
Hello there I am trying to breed the dojo weather loach for the past 2 years, I study fish husbandry and fish biology and am a lover for fish through and through! I have six loaches in a 4ft tank with a ehiem external filter the tank consists of a large mix of fish naming a few, carp, tench, red tailed shark, one large coldwater plec, one medium tropical orange spotted plec, large fresh water mussels,
one of the loaches is now around 7 inches and has a large belly (egg sack looking). I have the temp quite high and have been increasing it over the last 2 years now it looks as she might lay eggs. My question is what do I do leave her and reduce the other fish stock or try and catch the loaches and move them into a smaller hatchery tank? Please get back many thanks neil xx

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  • chris - 2011-04-04
    Do you have warm enough water?
  • chris - 2011-04-05
    All of your fish may be bothering the loaches, so it will be harder for them to breed, and you may have to have warmer water.
  • chris - 2011-04-11
    It might be a disease called ick.
  • Jori - 2011-06-24
    Uum even if you do get breeding fish with other fish like that in the tank they will eat the eggs, plecos and carp and the sharks will make quick work of any fry too. Highly recommend moving them to their own, shallow ish but big tank (much like a ray or skate tank) with a area of lots of water movement (as dojo loaches will often lay eggs in direct current to keep them oxygenated) and an area with a lot of live plant and little current for hiding as a breeding pair may be shy and these are smart fish and will see you around if you come into the room.
  • Tashy G - 2011-10-16
    They need cooler temperature to breed... Like 20 or lower... And apparently they don't breed in captivity :/
  • Michael - 2012-02-21
    I have 2 loaches 1 of them is a weather loach. One of them jumped out of the tank and stayed on the floor all night. Next morning I found him on the floor. He always dug in the gravel. I think loaches are the best pet ever!
  • anna phillips - 2012-02-27
    Weather loaches are a cold water fish, breeding is triggered in coldwater tempetures ,around 64 farineheight. I would do breeding in long tank. They like to chase.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-14
    I would move the fry so you don't end up stressing your community out too much. If a small community tank and you have another established tank you can move them.
  • Renz - 2012-04-26
    Separate carefully the other fish from loach, for them to breed and to release eggs. Put also any aquatic plants inside the tank for the eggs to attached and hatch. Supply them with continues water flow inside the tank.
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Jadey - 2011-09-15
I have 2 loaches (Ken, and Sven), Sven likes to drape himself over the stuff in the tank and he looks like he's posing, and Ken, the larger of the 2 likes standing upright which, I think is a bit strange, but he seems alright!

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  • Tashy G - 2011-10-16
    You can try flakes and pellets at the same time. I have the same scenario but I try to aim the pellets where my pearlscales wouldn't see them or couldn't reach them. There's a lot of microscopic food that WE don't see but our loaches find it on the bottom... So I wouldn't worry too much
  • Anonymous - 2012-01-10
    Awww theey sound adorable. Loaach behavior is hilarious and so endearing.....www.loaches.com for expert fanaticaal advice and just a great big poach loving community.
  • Jody L Donovan - 2012-03-07
    Bloodworms are good too.
  • Arvin Lepalam - 2012-04-14
    i used to have 2 but the larger one leaped out of the tank at the middle of the night and died the smaller one seems fine and behaves.
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Arvin Lepalam - 2012-04-14
one of my dojo loach jump out of the tank at the middle of the night. Why??

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-15
    They just don't 'jump out of the tank' they just jump and it happens to land them out of the tank. Tank covers.....
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Calvin - 2011-05-20
I have had my little clown loach for almost four months now and I will never forget his story. He was in a school of five when I saw him(or her) in the store and I immediately kept my eye on it. I've planned to buy all five in a week when I get home, but sadly, after the week has passed, he(or she) was the only one left. I still bought him, but I felt sad for him that he's alone and might not make it, so in a gambling effort, I bought with him 6 sumatra barbs, which endured with it the 3-hour trip home. At home in a matter of hours, they were really "at home" in my tank, with Loachie, schooling with the barbs. I also asked my brother to keep his eye on Loachie during the first week I'm not home for any signs of Ich. It was a miracle, all alone, yet Ich-free. He hasn't really grown today, but I heard they are slow-growing, so it's ok. But the end of my story, the best thing I ever did was buy those sumatra barbs, they are undoubtedly "the BEST" tankmates for clown loaches.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-20
    Thank you for the information. I posted it as a great comment. I love the story and background. I am glad you are happy with them.
  • Ryan - 2012-04-07
    The clown loach I had was by far my favorite fish ever.Try introducing some grey cory catfish as I noticed my clown loach enjoyed playing with the 2 I had. BE VERY CAUTIOUS OF ICK, my poor loach died from it.
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