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    We got 3 chain loaches a while back- unfortunately they brought ick with them- two died and a few other fish in the tank died from it as well. But one loach survived and he has become the Grim Reaper of snails. He finished off the last of the snails in the tank at the time, and is single-handedly restraining a population explosion of ramshorn snails that came out of nowhere.

    We got a little dwarf chain loach the other day, probably will come out of quarantine and go into the tank tomorrow.

    Since his two buddies died he seems to hang around with the siamese fox a bit. Hopefully he'll get along with the new guy too.

    Water is low 7's PH, 4 KH, fairly hard at about 9 GH, but he seems quite comfy.

    Greg

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    Before I had intended to keep kuhlis but it seems like I won't have enough space for 6.
    And my PH is a little on the high side.
    And by a little I mean 7.5
    SIX OR MORE MAN TO THE RESCUE!

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    Firstly, great and informative sticky! kudos

    So I know clown loaches need a large tank as they get really big. But I'm not sure I've ever seen a true definition of 'big' tank.

    Thus, my question is how big of a tank will 3 clown loaches will they need? I am planning a 55g tank and would 3 clown loaches but wanna make sure I give them a good home but am not sure how long they'd be ok in it.

    Thanks
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    I say they could live in there up to 2 years, depending on what size you get them at..

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    Yep. If you get them as babies they could last quite a while in there, as once they hit five inches they slow down their growth rate.
    the statement below is false
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    Got a small tank? Check out Fishalicious' small fish list! http://fishaliciousfish.blogspot.com...-for-nano.html
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    Hmm ok. I'll have to think about it.

    Thanks for the replies Red Severum and Oscar
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    Rob,
    Loaches do best, meaning they live much longer, in groups of six or more, so in a 55, were I you, I'd get a species with a much smaller adult size than clown loaches. You could have up to a dozen Botia Striata or two dozen Yasuhikotakia sidthimunki in a very well planted 55 gallon, but of course the tank would have to be well established and dead stable before you tried those numbers. And, of course, you'd build your group by adding three every other week to prevent an ammonia rebound by adding too many at once.

    Dave

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    Thanks Dave - i'll have a look at the two species you mentioned. This is all in the early planning stage but I wanted to get a feel for what I can have. I haven't ventured into planting yet, but plan to in the future.
    30g - Planted - need to do some serious rethinking
    20g - planning
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    Quote Originally Posted by robflanker
    Thanks Dave - i'll have a look at the two species you mentioned. This is all in the early planning stage but I wanted to get a feel for what I can have. I haven't ventured into planting yet, but plan to in the future.
    Do any of you know of anyone that has had any luck at breeding Clown loachs.I just resently put 5 young 2" Clowns in a 135g. with lots of large wood and plants. Water is 3dh - 6.5ph. That is about all I knew to do until I read the primer. Good stuff!

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    I don't how I missed a Dave Primer......as usuall pure greatness. Thanks Dave
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