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06-25-2014, 06:38 AM #1Member CoryCat
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Loaches in General Question
I've been keeping loaches since I started my aquarium hobby about a year ago and have learned so much. If there is anything I am proud of at this moment, I would have to say that I am doing a good job in keeping up with the daily water changes, feeding a variety of healthy and quality foods to my fish, and doing my best to make sure they have plenty of hiding spaces.
I have 6 yo yo loaches and 4 clown loaches. I have never had a problem with ich or serious diseases with any of them, the only time I ever see them turn "gray" is when I do my water changes, but other than that they are happy for the most part. I remember when I first got 5 of the loaches, they all had this really odd seizure like movement that lasted a few months, but I haven't seen any of them do that anymore. I also had to take one that looked like it had the "skinny" loach disease, quarantined her, medicated, and she is all better now and back in the regular tank. Thriving and fattened up.
My only possible concern is that since it's been about 7-8 months keeping them, I would expect them to not be scared or run away as soon as we walk by the tank. However, they still do this. The tank is in a position where it's almost in the middle of the living room, so we walk by it to get to our TV or to the kitchen, or even when we need to go to the bedroom. Even if I am in front of them and it's feeding time, they will all get out and go up the water to eat, but as soon as I do any sudden movements or even stand up, they will run like no tomorrow. Are these just normal survival instincts? I always thought they would be like this when first introduced to the aquarium and then get used to their owners.
Also, yes, I am still searching for a good home for my clown loaches, since all I have is a 55g at the moment.
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06-25-2014, 08:42 AM #2
I have 8 Yoyos and 8 Angelicus. They are swarming all over the tank right now as I type, but if I got up and walked past they'd vanish. Guess they aren't the friendliest fish. I've had mine for a year.
06-25-2014, 11:49 AM #3
Are there any other fish besides the loaches in the tank? Dither fish of some sort might help. A good sized school of tetra or rasbora swimming around may help to calm the loaches down and give them a bit more courage.When I go fishing I just throw sharp rocks in the water and wait for the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
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06-26-2014, 12:04 AM #4Member CoryCat
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06-27-2014, 04:06 AM #5Member Molly
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With our clowns and my kuhlis, you can sit on the other side of the room and they'll all be out and about, but come near the tank and nyoom everyone is gone! The most I've been able to do is to give them lots and lots of hiding places and sand for the kuhlis (pref sand for most loaches) and found that when you try to recreate their natural habitat they tend to be a bit more friendly. Since putting my kuhlis on sand I see them out a lot more digging and displaying more natural behaviours120L Planted community, 220L Planted community, 55L Killifish & hara cat, 31L Dwarf puffer tank
06-27-2014, 05:25 AM #6
I have 20 harlequin rasbora with mine and they are pretty good dithers. I plan on getting 10 dwarf chain loaches. I've had these in the past and they are far less shy than other loaches.