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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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fish_are_awesome - 2011-10-05
Can I keep 4 clown loaches with 2 firemouth cichlids in a 55 gallon tank?
Thanks for your responses!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-05
    Rule of thumb is one usable gallon for every inch your adult fish is going to be. You have to subtract gallons for plants, gravel, filter, decorations etc. The clown loache is going to go about 12 inches. You would need about a 60 gallon tank for the 4 loaches. The loaches when they get a little bigger will also probably kill/attack the cichlids.
  • fish_are_awesome - 2011-10-06
    Thanks, aren't the cichlids more aggresive than the loaches?
  • Ryan - 2012-04-07
    Fish will generally grow to their environment, meaning that if you put a clown loach in a 10 gallon tank then it's not gonna get to 12 inches. I'm not saying cram your tank full of fish. The one gallon per inch is a great rule of thumb. But the clown loaches attacking other fish is exetremely unlikely because I have had them before and they are really freindly active fish.
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magnus - 2012-04-05
Well, I got a dojo loach with discus in 27.3 degrees celsius. It's fine :) Scooting around the tank and swimming together with my cory cats. It's such a nice fish! :) So I think that 27 degrees is fine for them, at least if you do a weekly water change where you pour water in that's about 2 or 3 degrees colder, to make it seem like fresh rainwater :)

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Sean - 2012-04-02
I have a black khuli loach in my tank and have just discovered a baby loach hiding under my gravel. How is this possible as I only have the one adult and have had her for about 3 months now, could she of been pregnant when I bought her?

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Sarah - 2012-03-22
i love these fish. I have 3 and I have kept them all with cichlids for over 2 years. Never had any fatalites even when one of my loaches was only 1 inch and it was living with one of my cichlids who was about 6 inches at the time and who is now 8 inches.

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Alysia - 2012-03-13
PLEASE HELP! I have a more pink colored Dojo and have had him for about 6 months and he has been sick for over 2 weeks. He has bubble looking masses by his tail and hemorragic striping down his back fin. Now his gills are starting to swell I have done different meds, had the water tested and I'm at a loss of what to do now.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-14
    have you tried salt and adjusting temp up a bit? Ammonia levels good?
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