12-20-2011, 11:26 PM
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Originally Posted by ThisGal
Yes, I know the loaches need larger numbers, but they are very active and always in plain view, and very happy.
I have black kuhli loaches. Their constant swimming and being seen is actually not a sign of their happiness, but a sign of their stress. Even with large numbers, in a small tank, they will do this. I have 10 of them. They use to be in my 15g tank, out and about swimming/pacing all the time. At first I thought it was the "happy dance" many loach owners talk of. Then I put the group in my 29g, now I see how happy they truly are in their large group, with plenty of space. They hardly come out into view, except at feeding time. They broke themselves into two smaller groups, one group has the fake log, the other burrowed under the real wood. They also decided to take to eating all my bladder snails, which was an added bonus. For your loaches sake, I would defiantly consider upping the group to a minimum of 5. Hope this helps.