View Full Version : New Addition, Sumo Loach, Some Q's, Some Pics

05-26-2008, 11:46 PM
Well, I WAS still thinking about what fish to put in my tank, but my mom seems to have made the decision for me. She got a small Sumo Loach. Now I know I can't get any puffers or large predatory fish... Anyway, I have never had a loach before, so I was wondering if there are any special needs or if there is anything I should be watchful for. I know, I know, you should research BEFORE you get the fish, but my mom likes to do this... (in the process of researching now).

Well, heres some pics of it




05-26-2008, 11:53 PM
I hve never heard of a loach who likes to be alone. You need to get him at least 2 other buddies.

I have actually never heard of sumo loaches, but he looks very kewl.I'll have to look them up:)

Edit: Never mind, turns out they are territorial:) I'm pretty sure it would prefer a fine grained substrate over those huge pebbles, and good tank mates are various non aggressive schooling fish such as tetras. It also needs heaps of hiding places.

05-27-2008, 12:01 AM
Many thanks. I guess i'll be running out to get a couple more. I actually really like it. Seems like a cool fish.

05-27-2008, 12:13 AM
Here they are: http://www.loaches.com/species-index/schistura-balteata/?searchterm=sumo%20loach Sounds pretty territorial with its own species.

05-27-2008, 12:14 AM
he looks like he maybe really colorful --

05-27-2008, 12:14 AM
Unless your tank is bigger then 30gals or so you dont want to add any more of these fellas,they are territorial and need well defined territory's.They are rather new to the trade and they do look like a rather neat looking loach,he will get about 4" and will prefer a very clean highly oxygenated tank with lots of nooks and crannies.

05-27-2008, 12:27 AM
I like him. Really unique coloring.

05-27-2008, 03:16 AM
OK thanks guys. Yeah there does seem to be some conflicting info, but most of what i've found is that they are territorial within their genus. The tank is 55 gal so I think it should have plenty of room to grow. And there are tons of rock caves for it to hide in, and the waterfall keeps the water highly oxygenated, so I think it should be happy. Here is a pic of the waterfall and all the hiding places...


05-31-2008, 03:01 PM
This little guy sure is a trooper. First, he survived the 2.5 hr. car trip back from That Fish Place, then survived (with little visible stress) a 20 degree temp change within a 24 hr. period (a long story that involves me having to be gone for the day, someone turning off the fan on the tank and the heater, for some reason, not being plugged in). Anyway, I've been feeding it a variety of foods from brine to bloodworms, some flake food (not much), and other frozen foods. I've been feeding it through a pipette to avoid extra food settling on the bottom and increasing nitrates, and since its the only fish in the tank presently. Every time the pipette enters the water the loach latches onto the end and waits for food. It readily chases the pipette all around the tank like a cat chasing a mouse. If I put my hand in the tank it comes right up onto my arm and hops around, and will then settle in my hand and wait for food. This fish has a lot of personality; A really neat little fish!

06-10-2008, 02:01 AM
About 4 days ago I added 6 cherry barbs to the tank. At first the loach was VERY aggressive. It terrorized the barbs for the first night. By the second night it had calmed down a little, only chasing the barbs if they got too close. Now it pretty much completely ignores the barbs. It eats like a pig and seems to have taken very well to its surroundings. My sister has dubbed it Leloach after Lelouch Lamperouge from Code Geass (I will be very impressed if any of you know that show. It is awesome BTW). Anyway, here are a couple more pics ( I know I posted them in another thread but the lights are out on the tank and I won't be able to take any more pics till tomorrow).



And one of the rocks which it has pretty much claimed as its territory...


06-10-2008, 02:28 AM
I've never heard of sumo loaches before, but it's a cool fish nonetheless.

06-10-2008, 01:52 PM
Very nice fish,dont know much about loaches but never heard of sumo loaches

06-18-2008, 08:02 AM
Aweosme little fish :D

06-18-2008, 08:17 PM
Awesome looking fish.

06-27-2008, 03:30 AM
awesome pics!!!