01-28-2013, 02:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Byron
Correct, the last sentence. This loach must bury itself in the substrate; hiding in wood or caves is not what it does, it swims to a spot and then quickly disappears into the substrate. It will remain there for hours, presumably waiting to ambush prey. And they get a decent size, so it needs room.
As for the temperature for Golden Weather Loach, assuming the species is Misgurnus anguillicaudatus, both Loaches Online (highly reliable site) and Seriously Fish (likewise) give 77F as the upper limit. But no fish should ever be maintained permanently at the upper end of its temperature range, as biologist Matt Ford writes:
Can apparently tolerate a temperature range of 5 – 25°C/41 – 77°F but for general care a value between 17.8 – 23.3°C/64 – 74°F is recommended. This is not a tropical species and should not be maintained as such for extended periods of time.
i know all to well how well they hide lol i worked in my lfs and had to do 2 tank migrates and it took almost 20 mins to catch 6 in a small tank lol
the burying its self is talked about on the net as a defense mechanism but i think you are correct because i doubt they have studied them in there natural habitat
my tank has a new design of a thermostat in that it doesn't keep the temp too, strict varies between 72 and 79 over the space of 12 hours so it is always in a good range for my tropical fish but suits some so called sub tropical a lot better than most thermostats as it allows tank too cool a little for the more cold water type fish also it is not made of glass but a none containment metal cant think which one it does vary slightly constantly like any other tho of course :P
i was just thinking that the weather loach is said to have to bury but they are very happy as far as i can tell and are also very active
so i was thinking that it could be done with these but also in the back of my mind they also clean very small gravel in there mouth and spit it out of there gills very interesting to watch but if they where to try this with my large slightly sharp gravel then it could injure them self so i thought it better to seek advise i pritty much knew the answer tho thanks very much for your time and effort