Animal Stories - Dojo Loach

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The Dojo Loach is a true curiosity with their habit of becoming very active when there is a weather change!
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James - 2012-06-10
I've had a dojo loach from the beginning RIP and it was always such a joy to watch my tank has never been the same.

Ray - 2012-05-30
How do I get my loch to stop diging my live Plants any Ideas?

BRYAN - 2010-05-18
My loach has killed 2 of my fish.

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  • Patricia - 2010-10-01
    I doubt that. Perhaps they got sick on their own. These loaches are very peaceful and will not harm any other fish that I've seen. I've owned Clowns, Dojos, and Golden Dojos and not a single loach has harmed a single scale on any of my other fish. This has got to be the most peaceful fish ever. Very friendly and very non-aggressive.
  • Gary Youhas - 2011-03-08
    I have 4 loaches. They like live food. 2 each gold and japanese in a 30 gal. that completely cleaned my tank of a snail infestation but didn't stop until after eating my gold and black snails I thought were safe. Their tank mates include ghost shrimp for food, 8 cardinal tetra, 2 neon tetra, 2 rasbora, 2 corydora, 2 african dwarf frogs, 2 ea. red, orange, green glow fish, 2 redwag platy to make babies, (Some get eaten, some survive to grow up, watch the inbreeding makes weird fish), 2 otocincleos, high fins, larger snails (Dojos eat gold or black snails if not fed enough-not recommended), 2 guppies that won't leave the platy alone, always trying to eat babies when she's ready to give birth, not recommended with platy, and a couple others I can't recall their names. Everyone gets along great, if you add ghost shrimp or platy add foliage, real or fake for hiding to escape. I don't like to live feed but it is a natural food cycle which I do prefer as an addition to my man made foods. Dojos also like skinned peas. Just pop some cooked peas out of their shell and drop in your tank, pieces of potato, corn, lettuce. All the bottom feeders will love you. Use them to hand feed and train your dojo to eat out of your hand and so you can pick them up and hold them. Be very patient and train em, daily, may take weeks, they are friendly like you but you too would be afraid if you were his size and he your size and he tried to pick you up. Do your weekly water changes and monthly filter changes. Water quality is the most important for a happy pet. It directly affects their entire personality, lifestyle, happiness. You will enjoy them most if they are happy. Water and filter changes go hand in hand and should be done based on how much feeding and excess food is uneaten and rotting. Better to underfeed until you find how much they will eat in about 5 minutes then stick with that amount at least once a day. Do not gauge the dojo eating because they eat when ever so you cannot watch them 24/7. The goal is a pretty clean, not much rotting food environment and you should find success and fun using the fish I've named. When adding fish, consider their full growth size and compatibility before adding. Best wishes.
  • chris - 2011-04-05
    First, what kind of fish was it?
  • chris - 2011-04-05
    First, what kind of fish was it?
  • Andrew - 2012-05-25
    Doubtful the fish killed were most likely sick or half dead, if not 1 of those 2 then he was probaly displaying dominance.
Ben - 2011-07-30
Hey, have recently got 2 weather loaches and already have 4 goldfish. I feed the goldfish pellets/ wafers and the loaches algae wafers but the greedy goldfish decide to eat everything.

The loaches seem to be blind as they can tell the wafers there somewhere but can't find it and I'm worried they are not getting enough food due to the goldfish. When they find the wafer the goldfish knock it around and the loaches loose it again.
I also have a snail and he never even comes close to a wafer but eats the algae on the decoration.

Anyone know if I'm starving my loaches and what I can do to give the loaches more chance to feed without the fish getting to it first??

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  • fishyhelper - 2011-09-10
    It's probably getting enough since they eat pretty much anything. But to be sure after you turn the lights out then drop some pellets or flakes in. The goldfish will sleep while the Dojo feasts. BTW...a skewer with a few tidbits of clean dark leafy greens, a soybean (unsalted Edimame) or zucchini that is stuck in the rocks are favorites and can easily be pulled out in the morning. Always put it in the same place near where they like to "rest" and they'll find it.
  • gypsy - 2012-01-06
    I've read they eat bloodworms bites of snail and shrimp brine
  • Andrew - 2012-05-25
    Try using a piece of PVC pipe to feed him. Stick the PVC pipe in the water next to him and then pour the food down the PVC pipe.
Valerie Kennedy - 2012-02-13
I have a Dojo loach, I have had it for years. I have noticed he has had wounds on him. Just on his face. It's been over a week now and nothing else is sick, but he is getting worse. Any advice, I Love my Loaches!!!

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  • Alex Burleson - 2012-02-13
    The wounds could be due to a number of reasons, ranging from other fish attacking him to him scraping himself accidentally on an object in the aquarium. If you have aggressive fish in the aquarium such as cichlids, I would suggest removing either them to a new aquarium, or the Loach itself. Additionally, watch for signs of other fish harassing your fish. In the meantime, you can try treating the wounds by adding Melafix (which can be purchased at many pet stores) to the aquarium as directed.
  • Tanya Altice - 2012-02-20
    Try feeding him more (with sinker pellets). We had one several years ago for several years when he would get overly hungery he would bury his face in the gravel and would end up with sores from the rocks. If you live near a river or lake try serching for some freash water musles for him. Ours loved them (though let them sit in clean tap water for 24 hours to purge of river/lake gew). Any survivors will act as under ground filtration as well until he finds them. You will enjoy watching him hunt them!! good luck
  • Andrew - 2012-05-25
    Try putting him in a small tank, under 10 gallons, or in a large bowl.
shannon - 2012-04-27
One of my loaches is very sick, thought it was dead but it keeps waking up. He is swollen through out his belly. Help, I don't want him to die, but I dont want him to suffer either.

Thanks for any help

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-27
    Have you checked water quality?
neil - 2011-03-19
Hello there I am trying to breed the dojo weather loach for the past 2 years, I study fish husbandry and fish biology and am a lover for fish through and through! I have six loaches in a 4ft tank with a ehiem external filter the tank consists of a large mix of fish naming a few, carp, tench, red tailed shark, one large coldwater plec, one medium tropical orange spotted plec, large fresh water mussels,
one of the loaches is now around 7 inches and has a large belly (egg sack looking). I have the temp quite high and have been increasing it over the last 2 years now it looks as she might lay eggs. My question is what do I do leave her and reduce the other fish stock or try and catch the loaches and move them into a smaller hatchery tank? Please get back many thanks neil xx

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  • chris - 2011-04-04
    Do you have warm enough water?
  • chris - 2011-04-05
    All of your fish may be bothering the loaches, so it will be harder for them to breed, and you may have to have warmer water.
  • chris - 2011-04-11
    It might be a disease called ick.
  • Jori - 2011-06-24
    Uum even if you do get breeding fish with other fish like that in the tank they will eat the eggs, plecos and carp and the sharks will make quick work of any fry too. Highly recommend moving them to their own, shallow ish but big tank (much like a ray or skate tank) with a area of lots of water movement (as dojo loaches will often lay eggs in direct current to keep them oxygenated) and an area with a lot of live plant and little current for hiding as a breeding pair may be shy and these are smart fish and will see you around if you come into the room.
  • Tashy G - 2011-10-16
    They need cooler temperature to breed... Like 20 or lower... And apparently they don't breed in captivity :/
  • Michael - 2012-02-21
    I have 2 loaches 1 of them is a weather loach. One of them jumped out of the tank and stayed on the floor all night. Next morning I found him on the floor. He always dug in the gravel. I think loaches are the best pet ever!
  • anna phillips - 2012-02-27
    Weather loaches are a cold water fish, breeding is triggered in coldwater tempetures ,around 64 farineheight. I would do breeding in long tank. They like to chase.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-14
    I would move the fry so you don't end up stressing your community out too much. If a small community tank and you have another established tank you can move them.
  • Renz - 2012-04-26
    Separate carefully the other fish from loach, for them to breed and to release eggs. Put also any aquatic plants inside the tank for the eggs to attached and hatch. Supply them with continues water flow inside the tank.
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 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.
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.....
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 :)