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  1. Default Clown loach with red streak down it's body

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    I've had Clown Loaches for 9 years and recently bought 3 new little ones to add to my tank. They've been in a QT for a week and I've noticed that on at least two of the three they have a red streak down the center of their body. It's not on the outside, it's not a cut or skin disorder, it looks like you can see through their bodies and see a reddish, maybe even red-orange streak. Does anyone know if this is normal?

    They're eating well, and the water is testing fine with under 10 nitrate, 0 nitrite, 0 ammonia, GH and KH are in safe range, and PH is steady at 7.6.

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    I just found this picture on the web and it looks a lot like my little clowns. I think maybe it's nothing:

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    Just looks like a blood vein to me. Just watch them for ick for a while.

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    Thanks Lady Hobbs. It's been a while since I've had clowns this size. I was hoping I was just reading too much into it.

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    those guys are pretty cool looking

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    I sure miss my loaches. I had 5 in a 55 gallon and knew the day would come when they'd need more space. I gave them to a lady who had 150 gallon that would later put them in her indoor pond. But I sure did enjoy watching them and their crazy antics.

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    I had my 4 in a 55 gallon. It started falling apart - the front was bowing out and the stand was splitting - signs of big trouble to come! I convinced my reluctant husband to let me upgrade to a 75 gallon. They had a hard time acclimating to the new tank, but they're doing well now, and I'm going to add 3 friends for them. They are a lot of fun to watch!

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    I don't think it's anything to worry about, I have a clown loach, and he has a red stripe down his side. He's never been sick, except for ick when I first got him. He's had that red stripe as long as I can remember. Just to make sure we're talking about the same thing, this strip is kind of under the skin, and somewhat transparent.

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    Yes, the stripe is under the skin and somewhat transparent. I'm sure it's the blood vein, so I'm no longer worried about it. They are all doing very well. (knock wood)

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