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kev p - 2010-11-23
I have recently bought 3 clown loaches but I don't seem to see much of them is this normal at first?

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  • matt - 2011-09-13
    No, check your water ph high nitrates maybe.
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spencer - 2010-11-21
Hiho.
When I kept clown loaches for the first time, I thought 2 would be enough but after reading this website and learn how to quarantine them, I now keep 6 clown loaches with 6 tiger barbs and they shoal together along with 3 bala sharks in a 12 GALLON AND 2 FEET tank although they say they must be kept in tanks around 5 feet or larger tanks.
Thanks Dr Jungle for this info! Keep it up!

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    Tan Hui Chun - 2010-09-27
    I want to keep a berdmore's loach fish. Can this type of fish live in a tank without water filter and low oxygen situation? Can anyone reply me?

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    • samiran roy,india - 2011-08-30
      You can keep it, but you will have to make daily 25% water changes.
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    dain - 2009-08-12
    I have 3 java loaches and I love them. I hope that I can get some more varieties of loaches and get a bigger tank. I am only 11 and got my fish only a couple of months ago. I think they have eaten my baby snails and are very active.

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-19
      They will eat baby snails - but glad you are enjoying
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    Val Green - 2010-04-10
    I have a pair of cichlids they are long snake looking with black and yellow stripes. They are now breeding, already produced seven babies growing well. The mother is always hiding under gravel. Seems like she is producing more eggs, what can I expect in the future? The male chases her she seldom comes out with the other cichlids in a large l00 gallon tank.

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    Sijb - 2008-01-26
    I have 4 of these happy campers who always stay together. The zebras are as lively as the rest of my loaches (9 clowns, 4 skunks, 5 lochahatas, 5 burmeses, 7 modestas, 5 zodiacs). They look like one big happy family and can all be hand-fed.

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    markii - 2011-03-01
    Hey I'm just wondering where can I buy one I live in ireland and I'm looking for one any suggestions?

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    • Jason Lucas - 2011-03-20
      Go to one of the many websites that ship tropical fish internationally I just bought a black kulhi loach today and they are interesting little critters and very easy to take care of, supplement their diet with algae wafers they love them.
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    j pardew - 2011-04-13
    Is it safe to keep 2 loaches in a 10 gallon tank with like 4 molly fish and 1 glass catfish?

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-14
      It would be preferable to have a larger tank. I was told just a basic rule of thumb to limit 1 inch of fish to one gallon of water. A ten gallon tank minus gravel, plants etc is about 8 - 9 gallons. Molly is 2 inches and Loach is 3 so 4 mollies is 8 inches and Loach is another 3. Then you want to add another Loach so 14 so should have at least a 15 gallon tank. There isn't science in this just from my son-in-law who has had fish for 20 years.
    • Clarice Brough - 2011-04-14
      You should be okay, but there are a number of factors that could come into play like tank size and decor. 10 gallons may be too small and loaches do need hiding places to be happy. Some loaches can get somewhat aggressive, especially as they get older... again tank size becomes important.
    • Heidi - 2011-07-17
      I kept 2 Kuhlli loaches in a ten gallon with some mollies and platies until I decided I wanted something bigger. Now they're in a 35 gallon with Pictus catfish, other loaches, a swordtail, 2 danios, a betta and even an Australian lobster and they all do fine. The Kuhlis just hang out at the bottom with the catfish and the African dwarf frogs. They don't even go hide in a cave. They just sit there for all to see.
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    Gail - 2011-07-17
    My Dojo is a real hoot. It's active and no one bothers it. I have mostly tetras (small and large) and few unusually unaggressive barbs. I have a Pleco, tire track eel, gouramis and even a blue lobster. I'd transfer your Dojo to an isolation tank and bring it in to a really good fish doctor. It sounds like either a bacterial problem or it got wedged under something and got wounded trying to get out. Either way I'd treat for possible infection in its own hospital bowl or tank.

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-18
      You're right and I can't find the person you responded to. If you can go back - please. Good answer and thank you. Glad you enjoy your Dojo.
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    spencer - 2010-11-20
    Love this website as when I learn what temperature, ph value, water hardness and amount of medicine should put in, my clown loach survived from ich during quarantine and now they are shoaling with my tiger barbs and come to think of it, tiger barbs are the best tankmates for clown loaches as you can see obvious interaction between them. Now a days, I check out this website every time I go online as this website is one of the best fishkeeping instructions websites (although it does not mention some fishes such as rainbow sharks).

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    • Sean - 2010-12-17
      A future hint, ich parasites cannot live in temperatures over 83 degrees. Keep your tank above 84 and grab a bottle of coppersafe(r) you'll be okay on 2 weeks...guaranteed from personal experience.
    • david - 2011-07-14
      You should never use coppersafe with any scaleless fish (loaches, knifefish, mormyrids, etc) because it contains copper, which is extremely harmful to scaleless fish.
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