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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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Michael Mclure - 2007-01-01
i just bought 4 clown loaches. they all ae great but they keep hiding in the treasure chest, only coming out for food when it comes down.

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  • E T G - 2012-03-08
    I also bought the same fish two they went in too hiding it's been over a week or two. When do they come out and stay out it would be nice to see them more
  • Elaine Taylor Gray - 2012-03-08
    I also bought the same fish to. They went into hiding. It's been over a week or two when do they come out and stay out? It would be nice to see them more what make them hide out
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Colin Bragg - 2008-04-28
I have 3 of these fish in my 33 gallon and are my favourite fish. They are very shy mainly due to their nocturnal habits but will eventually get used to you coming near the tank. I have had great success with blue LED lights that are normally used for reef tanks. The blue lights let these fish come out at night when they are much bolder and you will still be able to see them. They can be quite inquisitive, they will be quite happy to sit and watch you whilst you watch them. Their eyes are not so fixed to their heads, they can move them so they can look right at you which is really nice. These fish like to snuggle up close with each other for comfort and have been known to tussle with each to get comfortable :D I've seen them occasionally sneer and push away another fish that comes near their spot but... I have mine with neon tetras and I trust the loaches 100% with them. My fish love live food and frozen food like Daphnia and even blood worms if they manage to get some :S but their staple diet are the plant pellets that I feed them. (I think they'd be the first to eat eggs so be careful if you breed). Not had much luck with cucumber or spinach but working with other veg. They are fantastic snailers too so don't deliberately mix them with snails. Although they don't need a shoal, from what I've seen of mine, they seem to appreciate the comfort that a couple more give them. These fish need immaculate water to feel comfortable, in less than perfect conditions mine hide away more. In fresh water, they become more playful and even swim in the center of the tank more.

My biggest tip is not to turn down their lights like most loach experts say. In their native countries the light can be bright.... instead use the blue LED moon lights and allow them to continue being nocturnal. :D

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