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pat - 2011-07-14
I would like to know what fish go with loaches...I have two loaches and some guppies in my tank. However my loach is being eaten, so it appears to have a lot of flesh missing on the back quarter. Can anyone help me with this, I do not want to lose the loaches, I find them so beautiful. Thanks.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-15
    The Dojo is normally a good community fish and gets along with most. Are you sure the loach is being eaten by the guppies. Could it have gotten stuck under a filter or cok or bruised somehow. Can you move it to a smaller tank, check on it and treat it if necessary?
  • pat - 2011-08-03
    I thank you for your response but my dojo passed away sometime during last night. It was eaten by something but I am not sure what. It had part of the spine exposed and you could actually see bite marks in it. We took it out to investigate and we found marks all over its body. I will miss it for sure because it gave my grandkids lots to watch when it performed.
  • fishyhelper - 2011-09-10
    Sounds like a bacterial thing or a wound thing. They are scaleless so if there are any sharp rocks that they are trying to burrow under that could cause it. The other possibility is a parasite. Go see a good fishy doc. It's rare they get ich but it could happen if it starts with a wound.
  • jackie - 2011-09-23
    what does the dojo poop look like
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Kelly Crandall - 2011-09-19
Almost exactly a year ago my friend sold me her tank with a kuhli loach in it. I brought it home and set it up near a window, and added a few guppies to the tank just to keep it interesting. The tank was affected by the cold window in the winter so I bought a heater. Well the guppies all died in time, and I didn't see the loach for weeks.

I kept the filter going and kept throwing food in the tank, but after not seeing the loach for at least a month, even when digging around the gravel and taking all the decor out, I figured he'd died. So I eventually turned off the filter and heater and of course quit throwing food in the tank. I didn't disassemble the tank because it was in an out of the way spot and it was a big job, so I always figured I'd do when I got around to it and when I figured out where to store the empty tank.

In the meantime, a snail in the tank got bigger, so I figured I'd keep the tank up and just let the snail live in it, just for fun.

Anyway. It's been at least eight months since I last saw the loach alive, and probably six months since I've put food in the tank. Well, today I went in that room and was sitting by the piano, when all of a sudden I saw the loach swimming around!!

Now I don't know what to do. Do I start feeding him again, and put the filter back on? Or do I just leave him be? He's obviously in an environment that's sustaining him?

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  • Kelly Crandall - 2011-09-20
    attached where?
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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.
spencer - 2010-11-21
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.

    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.
    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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