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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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Tasha - 2011-12-12
Hi, I have recently reserved 2 of these to start off, but on discovery that these snack on fish of 3-4 inches I'm wondering about the compatability! Would they be suitable for my 60l tank? I have 2 Odessa Barbs, 2 Rosy Barbs, 2 small Angels, 2 Zebra Danios, 1 Rummy Nose Tetra (will be getting 3more), and 3 Black Neon Tetras-these i fear for. Perhaps I'd be better off with Corys or is there a loach you could recommend that would suit my variety? Cheers

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  • Bryan - 2012-03-06
    To answer your question:
    They don't eat fish unless they are under 3/4th of an inch, not 3 to 4 inches!
    Plus, if they are well fed they won't even bother the tiniest of fish.
    They really need a large group of 4 or more, and therefore need a tank of at least 30 gallons.
    I would recommend the dwarf chain loach, kuhli loaches, dojo loaches and perhaps a solitary skunk loach for a tank of your size.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-06
    Should be fine. If you plan on breeding your fish the loach will eat the fry.
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belle - 2011-12-22
Hi my dojo is one of my favorite fish :) but just today its been extremely laid back-clam, and staying to its own. and lighter in color, or I could just be freaking out. Tomorrow I am checking my tank and everything like that. Is there any suggestions. Like I said it's one of my favorite fish so I'm really worried! thanks

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  • belle - 2011-12-22
    also, none of my other fish bother it. I have a very peaceful tank. and I've had it for about 3 months and this is the only time its acted strange.
  • anna phillips - 2012-02-27
    Check your water conditions, loaches are very sensitive. He might also be resting, my loach does this and sometimes loses coloring.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-02-28
    Have you done a water change recently? Any water temp changes? If not check your ammonia. Have you added any other fish to the tank that may be harrassing it? I would start with an amonia test right away.
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tappy - 2011-12-09
I have 55acrylic ten year established aquarium. Recently and old plecostamus die, his tankmates, 3 kuhlis for about 2 years. temp alway 69-72. had ten years, in family 7 years or so. I re- established aquarium, first water change, filter change, with 3 more kuhlies. Several plants, aquatic wood, ph 7.0 all else normal. The three new loaches 10days now, fine eating, even 2 Chinese algae eaters two. All getting along. Past few days, the two or three at times swimming on end on aquarium in circles, fast, through planets, only taking little breathers. Yesterday found baby loach who had been under large hiding rock, showed himself, sulfide. other 3 all under there for a long time, I had believed the worst, they came out as well swimming round baby occasionally, then all go back to hiding. The new ones, are swimming during daytime, I am worried they are not acclimating. One looks plump, otherwise all healthy looking, algae eaters good too, and baby o.k. any advice for my dilemma and really long explanation of situation. My humble thanks. Never had loaches until couple years ago, they never did anything like this. Aquariust from Vacaville, Ca.

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bruno - 2011-09-24
This fish are so nice.My peppered loach clean my aquarium fallen food.Like all loach,when day hide in the cave.

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Nic - 2012-02-10
I have 1 horseface loach, Its very interesting to look at, to bad I only see it about once every two weeks and if it sees me it dives into the gravel. I have only had it for a short time so hopefully it will become a bit more brave and swim around the tank more.

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fishy - 2010-04-14
i bought 2 clown loaches yesterday 1 of them is active n keeps swimming but the other one just stays at 1 place it only moves when I bang my palm on the glass of my aquarium plz tell me is he fine or is he sick?

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  • spencer - 2010-11-16
    Fishy. If your clown loach is like that, you check if it has white spots all over its body. If it has, your loach has ich which is a disease common among tropical fishes, especially clown loach. If not treated, it could kill your fish. I would recommend adding in medicine that is used to treat white spots/ich and get a heater to heat the water temperature to 30 degrees-spencer.
  • HANDSOME - 2012-01-25
    I think it is sick.Is there any white spots?They are prone to ich.
  • Alex Burleson - 2012-02-02
    You should never tap the glass. This, stresses the fish out. He could be adjusting to the aquarium, give him a few days.
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Sarah Greenwood - 2011-11-25
I collected two japenese weather loaches yesterday they seemed fine and one still does but one of them has turned on it side at the bottom of the tank and has what looks like a white gunk coming out of his anal hole and some blood also, can anybody help?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-25
    Try looking at the article Fish Diseases and look under constipation, parasites and fungal diseases. See if the symptoms apply and if so the corresponding medication is listed. Good luck.
  • christie - 2011-12-20
    DoJos like to play dead
  • Anonymous - 2012-01-10
    Dojos Do play dead but that discharge is a a symptom. Don't wait to fiigure out What it could be. Treat immediately. I found it super traumatic to lose a dojo
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fishdude - 2006-08-21
I have one of these little terrors. I've never seen a loach more aggresive than this one. He attacks all of my fish when they swim by him, even my convict cichlid and green terror. If he's scared, he darts away back into his little hole. He likes to snack on feeder fish, brine shrimp, and freeze-dried krill.

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Dillon - 2011-10-30
I love these guys! I got 3 of them about 2weeks ago. idk if mine are just special or what but I have lots of bottom feeders and they arent agressive at all. Really cool fish. I reccomend them

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  • Alex Burleson - 2011-10-30
    Redtail Botia are a personal favorite of mine! They are interesting little bottom feeders! Some are semi aggressive, while others are not. Fish, are individuals, such as humans.

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