Originally Posted by starblazer87
the only housing problem I have right now is will my loach be eaten by my ropefish. I currently do not have the space or money to upgrade to bigger tanks at the moment. My fish get along pretty well considering I deal with them quite a bit that I have successfully trained my green terror to brake up any fights in the tank and to protect any smaller fish in the tank from the more aggressive fish and my redtails and loach school together all day and curl up together at night to sleep. I used to have both redtails in the same tank and they would sleep beside one another with the loach in the middle. And I had to move my convicts to a separate tank when they had their first batch of babies so I know a breeding pair will attack much larger fish and take over as much of the tank as possible. I can see I came to the wrong place to ask my questions since you seem to be telling me what I ca and can't do with my fish. I have quite a bit of time to watch them to see which cichlids I have that get along together and it just so happens that my dempsys are doing much better and seem much happier with the african cichlids than the south american ones.
Now my clown loach is about 3-4 inches and the ropefish is about 8 inches. Right now I would just like some imput from someone who has successfully kept ropefish or are currently keeping ropefish on whether or not there is a chance of my clown loach getting eaten. There are also a ton of rock hiding spaces in the tank.
At present size of both the Clown loach and the ropefish, the Clown loach will probably not become snack. clown loaches have sharp spine just below their eyes and this would cause the ropefish considerable dicomfort should it decide to have a go at the lonely loach.
Some believe that clown loaches are capable of excreting substance that other fish find intolerable but I am not sure about this. (speculation).
My comments were ,and are,,, always aimed at the LONGTERM welfare of fishes. You are entitled to place what ever fish you like with what ever other fishes in aquarium(s) of your choice.
Many folks will/do report that they keep this fish or that fish in a bowl,or this species with that species without incident. These folks in my view are fish collectors,they simply aquire fishes to be able to say they have them. There is little research done before the fish are purchased , and they seldom reach Adulthood due to largely ignorance.
Others are fish keepers ,or true hobbyists. They research the fishes that interest them and take pains to provide an enviornment suitable for the LONGTERM health of the fishes. They provide proper water chemistry,proper foods,they place the fishes in proper sized tanks,with suitable tank mates.
When I began keeping fishes nearly forty years ago, I was a fish collector rather than a fish keeper.
I murdered untold numbers of fish out of ignorance, and my desire to collect fishes that appealed to me with little to no regard for the fishes chances of longterm survival.
Nowday's I focus more on understanding the needs of the fishes and try to prevent others from making same mistakes that I have made in the past.
Perhaps I am not all warm and fuzzy with suggestions or advice , but that is not my aim.
Keeping fish can be as easy or as hard as one wishes to make it, but with a little research,,, fishes will always fair better in the long run and one does not need to wonder so much about whether this fish or that fish ,will get along.