Animal Stories - Skunk Loach


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The Skunk Loach is a handsome little loach, often not reaching more than a couple of inches, but it can be feisty!
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troy - 2013-08-02
I have one of these fish, and they are more semi-aggressive than peaceful. Mine gets along fine with my kribensis, with some chasing or nipping when they get too close. These will attack other loaches, including pangio species, but in a large enough tank they will get along with their own kind. The reason I specifically said pangio species is because a breeding pair of kribensis I had attacked everything but my kulhi loaches. They are fine with anything that stays away from their territory on the bottom, but will harass other bottom dwellers.

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  • Si - 2014-02-25
    Does anybody know if it's good to put kuhli loach's in with just one skunk loach?
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Eugene - 2007-10-24
I love these little 'guys' They dart all over the place (when they are not hidden somewhere.) They do pick on the other species a little bit, but not so much that it is a problem at all. MOST important thing I LOVE about these guys is that they eat snails! I have two aquariums with a snail infestation. The one with the skunk fish is keeping the problem at a managable state. They 'suck' out the snail meat and leave just the shell. When I vacuum up the waste I always find a bunch of empty shells in the waste water. I am planning to add 3 or 4 of these guys to my other tank with the snail problem!

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  • Dan - 2013-07-01
    Only get one due to the fact that they will be aggressive to each other!
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michael - 2007-01-01
Hearty, amazing little loaches. Mine have been very active, actually to the brink of honest curiosity. I have to admit, they are aggressive fish. I've had trouble keeping Dojo Loaches with them, as well as any other lazy, dopey fish of that nature. It's quite amazing to see HOW voracious they can be, almost like chihuahuas chasing rottwielers. I've seen mine (at only 1 inch!!) chase and beat a cichlid for fifteen straight minutes, until the cichlid was removed from the tank. I've also seen mine tirelessly attempt to devour a crayfish easily THREE times its size, gracefully dodging the claws, and going for the belly.

You'll hear plenty of clicks, and have plenty of fun watching these little titans hulk around your tank. As said, avoid Dojos and other lazily curious fish, as they will doubtlessly be picked on. I've seen, in my own experience, that these fish are LESS aggressive when kept solitary (that is, only ONE Skunk). My trio was split up VERY quickly, as they all waged war with my tank. When kept alone, they tend to be very curious, very entertaining fish.

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Corrie - 2012-05-21
We have had our single skunk loach (2 inches long) in a 10 gallon tank for over a year. We have a planted aquarium with many logs and it hides most of the day under the logs, but comes out at night for feeding. It is amazing to watch feed, it darts around so fast! And it is very durable and long-lived, we had algae take over our tank and Pepe survived despite the poor filtration that ensued. HOWEVER, it has been aggressive towards other bottom-dwelling fish in the tank, especially the sedentary corydoras. Needs fast swimming tank mates.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-22
    They can be a bit territorial. If you add a lot of caves to a larger tank they are normally fine.
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