Originally Posted by swapnil
I bought 2 more clown loaches. Now I have 4 clown loaches. 3 out of them were active for first 3-4 days. I felt a lot better. But now they are also hiding under the filter
I am furious at the shy clown loach who always hide himself & discourages others also. I see them swimming when I hide & look at tank but when I go near the tank they all hide under the filter. I am totally frustrated as clown loaches are costly & I cant give them back to anyone. My friends are making fun of me
On the other hand I always see my 3 swordtails & 8 tiger barbs active,swimming everywhere. But they are so small
I dont know what to say. I am feeling like kicking all the fish I currently have & buy one oscar
as Oscar never shy. But though I need ur advice if anything I can do for my clown loaches & hope some magic will happen & they will come out without shying.
One of the most important lessons an aquarist learns is to research any fish before acquiring it. Each species has unique requirements, behaviours, traits. Providing what the fish needs will result in healthier fish, less disease and a normal lifespan. And, it will reward the aquarist with often wonderful relaxation.
Loaches are naturally shy fish. You must ensure they have plenty of hiding spots; they will feel "safe" if they know they have retreats, and ironically, they will be out and about more then. Chunks of bogwood with tunnels in the wood, supported on rocks to provide "caves", etc.
Mine always disappear when I enter the fish room. But spend some time sitting in front of the tank, and out they come, chasing each other, circling, playing tag, hide and seek [can't think how else to describe their antics
]. It is indeed wonderful to observe. But you have to sit quietly in front of the tank. My corys behave the same; when I enter the fishroom, not one in sight, but sit in the chair for a minute or two, and out they all come, scampering over the sand.