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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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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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