Animal Stories - Dojo Loach


Animal-World Information about: Dojo Loach

The Dojo Loach is a true curiosity with their habit of becoming very active when there is a weather change!
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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
    Sorry:
    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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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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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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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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Eddie - 2011-05-12
Does anyone know how to breed them?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-12
    It has been said they have been spawned accidentally, scattering tiny red adhesive eggs, but not much more is known about the breeding habits of the Dojo Loach or Weather Loach and they are not yet bred commercially.

  • chris olson - 2011-06-01
    YOU HAVE TO HAVE AT LEAST 75 DEGREES TO 80 DEGREES AND TO KNOW IF YOUR LOACH IS A MALE OR FEMALE, MALES HAVE LONGER FINS THAN A FEMALE. :)
  • Jori - 2011-06-24
    These are pond and stream type fish. Often times keeping them in a shallow but large tank (like a skate or ray tank) with a high current area will do the trick. A breeding pair may use the current to oxygenate the eggs. There should also be a low current area with lots of live plants to give the potentialy shy fish a hiding place. Dojo loaches are smart fish and will know if your in the room and no animal of any level of smarts is going to like a peeping tom.
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Eddie - 2011-05-12
My loach sometimes sucks on my other fish does anybody know why?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-14
    Per anything I can find out, dojo loaches do not eat other fish. However, they do suck on other fish looking or tasting for algae. That makes some sense to me. Someone wrote and said that "You need to start feeding your loach something other than the chalky pellets. What he is doing is sucking the algae cover off your fish's slime coat. This means he is starving. Add a slice of cuke or zucchini in the tank and leave it. He will find it and make quick work of it. Really, algae wafers are not good food for any type of algae eater.

    He will continue to do this due to he is hungry. Lettuce will also work for him. Any veggie, cukes and zucchini just aren't quite as messy and last a few days in the tank."

    You might want to ask at the fish store about this but if you are just feeding him the pellets, you might want to try something else. Let us know what you find out. OK?

  • chris olson - 2011-06-01
    ITS PROBABLY BECAUSE THE OTHER FISH ARE GOING INTO HIS TERRITORRY SO HE OR SHE TELLS THE FISH TO BACK OFF.
  • John D - 2011-06-24
    Hi, a lot if algae eaters such as loaches also eat parasites that form on other fish. Don't worry this is a good thing and helps to keep the other fish healthy.
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Candy - 2010-07-29
My dojo has a small white bump on both sides of his nose, just in front of his eyes. What is it?

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  • Kev - 2010-11-16
    Nostrils
  • Gary Youhas - 2011-03-09
    So do my 4 loaches. I don't know yet. Have not read that far...
  • chris - 2011-04-04
    It might be a disease called ick! So tell me if the white specks spread more.
  • chris - 2011-04-04
    It might be a disease called ick! Tell me if the white specks spread more.
  • chris - 2011-04-05
    It might be a disease called ick, if it spreads more tell me.
  • j - 2011-04-29
    Nostrils
  • chris olson - 2011-06-01
    IT MIGHT BE A DISEASE CALED ICK, ICK IS A KIND OF PARASITE THAT CAN EASILY KILL YOUR FISH AND EVERY OTHER FISH IN YOUR FISH TANK. YOU CAN ALSO GET ICK GUARD AT ANY KIND OF FISH STORE OR THE WHITE BUMPS MIGHT ALSO BE JUST A BIRTH MARK.
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Oskian - 2011-05-02
Last year I set aside some Albino Weather Loaches in a 160 gallon plastic tub, hoping that if I left them alone long enough, they would breed.
I have a fish farm and a couple of weeks ago, as I was feeding the fish, I noticed a couple of them right under the surface in typical breeding behavior. The male wrapped around the female, just like a Betta and presumably squeezing the eggs out of her. It looked like they would be depositing the eggs under the floating algae (the algae in that tub looks like a shag bathroom rug). I was in a hurry, and paid it no mind and moved on to feed the rest of the farm. I never witnessed any eggs, and may have lost a large number of fry when I kept scooping out the algae over a period of several months so as not to clog the strainer and overflow the tub.
Finally, it dawned on me what had happened and my suspicions were proven when I saw a 2 inch fish and a smaller one still, on the bottom among the algae. My employee tells me there are many many more hidden in the algae. I will try to collect some and publish pictures when I do.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-02
    Hey that would be great. Amazing what we wait for and what happens. Bet you were surprised. That is awesome.
    Enjoy
  • David Brough - 2011-05-03
    Awesome indeed! Can't wait for the pictures.
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j - 2011-04-29
I love these fish! Had one for 3 years now, grew to 7 inches so far! Loved him so much just recently bought a baby about 1inch long. They have a lot of personality and are very friendly!
2 gold dojo
2 blue boata redtails
2 berry tetra
2 sea frogs
1 pleco
1 gold algae eater

Using sand with plenty live worms and you have a low maintenance high enjoyment tank.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-30
    You have a house full. All are OK? How large is your tank? Tell us more about size and plants, please. How did you determine which fish to acquire?
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Alex - 2010-10-27
it is an excellent fish and gets along with our 3 goldfish. we have a 10 gallon tank and it has been doing great the past 2 months. The only down side is, it killed our Ghost Shrimp. We had 3 and they are 33c per. It wasnt a big deal.

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  • chris - 2011-04-04
    You see, ghost shrimp are food for freshwater puffer fish and others. So that is why it killed your ghost shrimp.
  • chris - 2011-04-05
    Are you planning to get any other fish?
  • chris - 2011-04-11
    What kind of fish were they?
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