Animal Stories - Yoyo Loach
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The gorgeous Pakistani Loach is known to be a very playful fish, and a great scavenger as well!
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While I was cleaning my tank last week I decided one of my large ornaments needed a good cleaning. Now I know sometimes the fish I have hide here at cleaning time, so I checked nothing was inside, then removed it. As I placed it down my lovely yoyo loach plopped out. Whoops, I tried to grab him quickly to put him back in my tank and the little begger sliced 2 little gashes in my hand which bled, slightly. I can only think that it's his little what looks like whiskers he has around his mouth, so lets say I didn't try picking him up again. So I grabbed my net and put him back in that way, which is probably what I should have done in the 1st place, lol. He is absolutely fine now, back 2 his cheeky self thank god. But I won't be doing that again any time soon. xxx
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Mat Malta -
They're a great fish, but I don't agree that they are not active during the day. I have 6 in a 250litre, they are 1 year old, and they are really tiring to watch. They do not pause for 1 second! At night they will rest on a leaf and sleep sideways which is quite funy. Also I am very curious about their reproduction, I couldn't find anything on the net. I have seen them mating several times at night, swimming side byside curling up into each other, but I never found any eggs.
I have two YoYo Loaches who have lived happily in a Cichlid tank for a couple of months. Yesterday, I saw their behaviour change from amusing to bizarre! They chased each other for about twenty minutes, circling and almost digging a hole in the gravel - at high speed. What really surprised me was that one of the loaches almost completely lost its colour, becoming nearly totally white. As soon as it had begun, the "ritual" ended and they swam off happily to continue eating. The one who had lost its colour regained its normal look within a couple of hours.
I have 5 yoyos in a 75. They are about 2 years old and range in size from 3 1/2 inches to almost 5 inches long. As active as these loaches are, I would not recommend keeping them in any tank shorter than 36 inches, and as large as they get, 48 inches would be much better. They are always playing, dancing about the tank, investigating the two gouramis they live with, tussling with each other and the 8 striped loaches they share the tank with.
I have four Yoyo loaches I've had for 6 years. My largest is at least 5 1/2" long and the dominant Yoyo of the tank. They change colors during feed time, when another loach enters their 'territory', or when quarreling over something. Usually this color change is a slightly iridescent/pearlescent bluish color on top of their normal coloration; however, I've seen one or two of mine almost loose their colors when they lose a fight. They turn a beautiful copper color to express dominance, and become so dark you can barely see the stripes when fighting. Just before they change colors, their cheeks turn a metallic silvery blue color and soon after they rapidly shift colors.
FYI- for the new loach owners, most loaches take naps! If you see your loaches start to sway and sort of rest on their sides a bit (and it hasn't been acting weird otherwise), its a good thing! It means it feels safe outside of its hiding place & is taking a nap :). Sometimes they take these in huge groups, huddled up next to each other. Also, they can get quite rough when fighting over food or their territories, but I've yet to see one of mine hurt another one. I love these fish, they each have their own unique personalities and will become the stars of your tank. I highly recommend getting more than one though. They seem happier that way :).
I currently have 30 yoyo loaches in a 6'2'2' tank, along with a range of americans. They seem to be the only fish that can survive well with agressive fish such as dovei, jaguars, and flowerhorns.
I got my second Yo Yo loach the other day. My first one only lived for 2 years. Maybe this one will live longer for me. I named him Yo Yo. I thought that name would suit him. He's very actived. Swims and swims. Up and down the tank. Makes me dizzy and tired.
We have had a Yo Yo Pakistani Loach for 13 years. It died just the other day. It has been the coolest fish ever. It has never bothered the other fish other than the odd chase and certainly had a personality. It has always been kept in a large tank with lots of other small fish ie, tiger barbs, tetras, platys, cichlids etc. I have always kept a lot of plants in the tank and bog wood and it seemed to have the same hiding places. We have just bought another one today. Who knows if it will also still be here in 13 years.
I also have two Yoyo Loaches that I bought not so long ago. I think I have one female and one male and they are very active. The female looks full of eggs and I also thought she was dead because she was upside down. She had me worried for a moment, but she is very content this way. This must be a way of sleeping or breeding maybe. I am still trying to find more info on them breeding.
I have one baby yoyo and he is 10 times smaller then my other fish (mollies, barbs, sharks, catfish) and is best friends with my pepperd catfish! He does not pick on anyone and does not get picked on by anyone. He is great, i love him. He is cute and active, and cleans my tank very very well
my female yoyo has become very muddy and dark and also gets very bloated, as if carrying eggs! whilst my male acts like it wants to spawn with my juvenile livingstoni? i am currently testing higher than recommended temperatures 32~35