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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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Mrs S Woolley - 2010-10-12
Why do my zebra loaches keep eating my plants?

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  • Bruce Davenport . - 2011-09-24
    I think your fish are eating your plants because in the wild they naturally eat plants . My advice is for you to purchase some bottom feeder pellets from your pet store to boost their intake of greens . I had the same prob. with mine and this worked a treat .
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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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