03-18-2013, 02:48 PM #1
Wrong Loach! Yoyos vs. Polka Dots
A few days ago I went into my lfs and picked up 4 yoyo loaches for my 120g sa/ca cichlid tank. Only when I got home I realized that I actually only had 1 yoyo, and 3 polka dot loaches!
I called the lfs and they said they would call me when they had more yoyos in and I could swap the polka dots, but I've started to get attached to the things! I originally picked yoyos because they're a little nastier and a bit bigger so I thought they'd do better with my cichlids, but is there a significant difference? Do they have much different "personalities" or are they just patterened differently? Is one more active or outgoing than the other?
Should I take back the 3 polka dots and get more yoyos like I originally planned, or swap the lone yoyo for another polka dot instead? Whatever one I choose, I will eventually be increasing the group to 6.120g New World Cichlids ♦ 65g South-East Asian Planted Community ♦ 30g in-the-works ♦ 15g Tanganyikan Shell-Dwellers
03-18-2013, 05:27 PM #2
03-18-2013, 07:57 PM #3
Let's see. Yoyo is Botia almorhae and polka dot is Botia kubotai . According to loaches the yoyo is more peaceful. Care needs are close enough not to matter much. With your severums something with a bit more attitude might be better. Both are a social group animal so see if you got the space to switch to a single species and house a few more.
03-18-2013, 08:14 PM #4
I've kept the Yoyo's but looking at the Polka Dots pattern, I like them more. Research as talldutchie said; has the Polka Dots, a little more docile and staying just a little smaller.
I just like the pattern of the Polka Dots more as they are new to me.Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
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03-18-2013, 11:49 PM #5
Thanks for the input, guys. My gut tells me to stick with Yoyos but it's hard to get attached when he hides all the time (not his fault -- he doesn't have any yoyo buddies to play with) and the Polka Dots and busy bouncing off every surface in the tank.
I think as cute as they are I should probably return them and get Yoyos like I always planned.
A lot of the fishkeepers in my area are VERY substandard and I have this fear that if they take them back, they've got about a 9/10 chance of going to someone who won't take very good care of them, and will also probably buy just one instead of a group like they need.120g New World Cichlids ♦ 65g South-East Asian Planted Community ♦ 30g in-the-works ♦ 15g Tanganyikan Shell-Dwellers