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post #1 of 5 Old 09-20-2010, 12:17 AM Thread Starter
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Loach + Loach = Friends?

Hey my LFS had an amazing sale on tanks so i bought a new 50 gallon wide tank

I decided to place in this tank

3 Kuhlie loaches - max size 4 inches (12 gallons used so far)
2 golden dojos - max size 6 inches (24 gallons used so far)
1 weather loach - 10 inches (34 gallons used so far)

My concern is should i just, not include the weather loach in this tank? Would he get lonely not being with other weathers? Or would he snuggle up with the 5 other loaches?

*I will not add anymore loaches to this tank* so anthor weather loach is out of the question
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post #2 of 5 Old 09-20-2010, 03:18 PM
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I would not add a weather loach nor the dojo loaches to this tank. These are actually the same species, just different common names. It attains 10+ inches, burrows in the substrate, and prefers cool water (well below normal tropical community tanks).

Kuliis, if you get them, should be in a larger group, minimum 5 or 6. Most loaches are very social and need a group of their own species, with some exceptions. We have fish profiles, second tab from the left in the blue bar at the top, so you can look up many of the available fish and see their requirements.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #3 of 5 Old 09-22-2010, 01:47 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you for sharing your time and knowledge.
I got 4 kuhliis and 2 golden dojos that was their entire stock of loaches besides the clowns
When they get more next week i may add a 3rd dojo
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post #4 of 5 Old 09-22-2010, 01:19 PM
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I may have been unclear. A 50g is not in my view suitable for 3 fish that will attain a foot in length. Not to mention they will eat the kuhili loaches, along with anything smaller than themselves. These fish are not compatible on several grounds.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #5 of 5 Old 09-22-2010, 04:01 PM
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It's also worth mentioning that your measurement of how many gallons you've used are roughly based on the 1" per fish rule which has so clearly been debunked.

Tank stocking should be done using much more information regarding habitat, water type, bioload, and species temperment among many other things rather than on how long your fish are.

30g SE Asian Tank
15 Lambchop Rasbora
2 Gold White Cloud Minnows
3 Dwarf Chain Loaches
2 Powder Blue Dwarf Gourami

55g Amazon Tank
2 Wild Type Angels
1 Marble Angel
1 Black Angel
1 Koi Angel
2 Bolivian Rams
14 Pristella Tetra
10 Dwarf Pencilfish
2-3 Twig Catfish (to come)
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