View Full Version : whats wrong with my snowball plec?

04-21-2014, 09:17 PM
Hi I'm new at keeping fish and have a snowball plec since January doing fine but just introduced 2 striped loaches one week ago (that's what I was told they were called - they are black and white striped, they look a bit like a yoyo loach) my snowball has developed whits patches on the one side and can see the she is having to fight for her food against the loaches without success. Is she stressed and should I return these loaches or do I need to obtain more so they shoal together as per advice I have seen on net.

There is also a small BN in the tank which has been with the plec for the past few months and she seems to struggle too with these loaches. These loaches seem to even chase the gouramis. Am I over reacting and are these little loaches just playing or may be my plec has rubbed herself on the rocks.

My tank is 125 ltrs with plenty of plants, bog/root wood, rocks/slate and sand.

Any advice please. :sconfused:

04-21-2014, 09:40 PM
Since the loaches are still causing trouble and you are able to return them, you should return them. It could be happening because loaches are social animals and need a larger group to play around in. I'm not sure your tank has room for four more loaches, and I am certain your fish could not handle four more.

04-23-2014, 08:42 AM
Thank You
I have now removed the loache's and harmony has returned. I have put them in another tank for now with some Albino Cory's, these little guys take a no nonsense approach and all seems well, but I think the loache's will be returned anyway. thumbs2:

04-23-2014, 11:41 AM
South American bottom dwellers and loaches (except maybe kuhli) almost always ends in tears. Now be extra nice to that snowball and spoil her a bit with good food