07-16-2012, 07:11 PM #1
I Found Dwarf Chain Loaches Locally!
So I finally found a solution for my desire to have loaches but the problem of a smaller tank. Dwarf Chain Loaches. But then of course, the fun of finding them. Apparently no where online ever ships to Canada (possible exaggeration but it feels like fact). The only LFS I'd discovered up to this point is kind of icky, dimly lit, not clean, total disaster... but even they didn't stock them. The guy at the counter suggested Clown Loaches as "basically the same thing."
After two days of searching online I found a fish store in downtown Vancouver, about an hour and a bit of a drive away. They're called Aquariums West and oh my gosh they are just the most amazing store EVER. It's clean and organized like a big box store, but stocked like a LFS. All the employees are fish tank owners with years of experience and most were customers before becoming employees. Super helpful, friendly and I just adore this store. AAAND, they stock Dwarf Chain Loaches. So last night I drove down and picked up my new fishies. They were even on sale!
The Barbs were a little shocked to discover intruders in their big tank but they quickly learned to share and just leave the Loaches alone now. The Loaches settled very quickly into the new tank, faster than the Barbs did. Took them about an hour and the five of them were shoaling all over the place! Great active little fish, I'm looking forward to watching them grow (but not too much lol)
07-16-2012, 07:22 PM #2
07-16-2012, 07:25 PM #3
Yeah I was talking to the sales guy about how ppl on forums complain how they're hard to find. He said they always have lots in stock. They seem like a phenomenal store, I'm sooo happy. Totally worth the 2h round trip!
07-16-2012, 07:41 PM #4
They are so cute. We have considered them too but the only place that has them here uses a high percentage of ro water and acclimating just hasnt worked for us.
07-17-2012, 07:53 AM #5
Nice looking little Loaches
07-17-2012, 03:03 PM #6
Thanks. They're settling in pretty well although they like to hang out behind all the plants. Paranoid fish-mommy that I am keep squeezing back to count them and make sure they're all doing ok!
10-03-2012, 11:29 PM #7
I want them but the cheapest ones are 15 dollars. I need to ask my boss to stock them since I get a discount.
10-04-2012, 01:55 AM #8
They're a really nice little loach! Don't ya love how people in LFSs just try to sell you anything!? "Oh, this is basically the same". they'll say. Never mind that the "basically the same fish" will grow to 150 pounds and feed a family of 10!Three-fourths of the Earth's surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn. ~Chuck Clark
10-04-2012, 07:05 AM #9
Are you describing the bamboo goby?
10-04-2012, 08:25 AM #10
I had four of these before the prices went through the roof. Always liked the way they schooled. Wish I'd bought more.
I red they are nearly gone in the wild and thats why the prices have gone up so much.