06-27-2011, 11:18 AM
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Originally Posted by bigehugedome
Wow, those are some cool looking loaches, I don't think I have seen them before. I have been meaning to take a trip to a store thats kinda far from me (45mins) just to check out what they have. Its been about 9 months since i was there last but they had like 15 different loach species there, Ill have to check to see if they have the same ones you do.
So I know clown loaches get big, and I know they live long, but people online always have young ones. For instance, youtube has videos of them in small tanks, swimming around like crazy. Im not suprised that I could only have 5 in a 150gallon, and im sure they would love it. But are they really still active when they get bigger and older?
I have only seen 1 big guy in a shop ( 8 inches maybe) and it was a horrible environment for him. He was only there for a week so hopefully he went to a good home. But now that I think of it, if 12 inch clowns are as active as they are when they are 5 inches (like your loaches and my zebras) Im scared the tank would get destroyed!!!
How could I make caves big enough for them? How would the other fish deal with them? Im sure they could ruin my plants if they wanted. I watch my zebra loaches uproot my stem plants at least once a week lol.
One must always consider the fish's potential size and ensure it is provided for. Fish grow all their lives, and they need not only physical space but the better water quality that comes with adequate space. Both are crucial to a fish's development internally. What we term stunting can occur if fish are in too small a space right from the outset. Fish expect to grow to a certain size, and physiologically they do; if the space constricts this, internal organ development will be deformed, the immune system will malfunction, and you have sick fish that rarely live their potential.
That doesn't mean you need a 6-foot tank for five 2-inch loaches; but it means you must have that in mind, because they will grow and that is what they will require in order to live normal healthy lives.
My Botia kubotai attain 5 inches, so five of them in a 90g is fine. I would never even consider clown loaches as I have no plans for a 6-foot tank. My 5-foot is not sufficient long-term.
Fish swimming crazily around a tank is usually indicative of trouble; the fish is highly stressed, and this means unhappy and health problems.