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zackish
06-20-2007, 05:46 AM
What is a smaller loach that may go well in a 30 gal aquarium?

Nautilus291
06-20-2007, 12:28 PM
The chained loach if you can find them.

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sergo
06-20-2007, 01:49 PM
if you get one it may not be as happy as if there was a pair of them. i have 2 yoyos in my 55. there are cool to watch and pretty much always stay together.

Lady Hobbs
06-20-2007, 02:37 PM
Loaches are social and like to be with more of their own. Get more than one if buying loaches.

cocoa_pleco
06-20-2007, 03:06 PM
get 5 kuhli loaches. theyre small and clean well. i have 3 in my 55g and they arent shy anymore and they bury their heads in the gravel for food.

Nick_Pavlovski
06-20-2007, 11:03 PM
get 5 kuhli loaches. theyre small and clean well. i have 3 in my 55g and they arent shy anymore and they bury their heads in the gravel for food.

I heartily agree with Cocoa_Pleco on this one.
They are good cleaners of food scraps (not algae on the tank walls, though).
I had two in my 55 litre until a month ago - they weren't very visible - then I added a third, and now I see them all the time, they hang out and have a lot more fun.

zackish
06-21-2007, 11:19 PM
Wow, I wasn't expecting the kuhli loach to look like that. I was expecting some sort of clown loach form. That looks more like an eel!!!

Nick_Pavlovski
06-21-2007, 11:23 PM
My wife calls them snakes, now I do too!
But they are so cute when they hang out together, and watching them all trying to eat the same huge piece of flake is great fun.

zackish
06-22-2007, 12:35 AM
I think I like the sterbai corydoras better or whatever they are called. I have a post up in the "other catfish" section that has some pics of the corys I am looking at. Corys and loaches are pretty much the same thing as far as what they do...they are both bottom feeders correct?

troy
06-25-2007, 03:46 AM
Yes they are. I've had good success with cory's, and they seem to search for longer than loaches.

Mdsuave13
06-26-2007, 11:12 PM
I would definitely recommend getting at least 3.. the more the merrier. My loaches never seemed happy till i had at least 3. When i got another one to join them, they have never seemed more excited all the time. They constantly play hide and seek, swim together and "dance"...

Definitely one of my fave fish.

marcryan11
06-29-2007, 08:34 PM
Sidthimunki (chain) loaches are really fun, but pricey
Striata Botia
Burmese Border Loaches (Angelicus) Again pricey but fun
Dojo and kuhli loaches get long (dojos to about 8")
If they are on their own, you could try skunk loaches, but they are little a-holes to other fish :)