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post #1 of 5 Old 08-15-2010, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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Sand with Plants?

I have a 38 Gal that has medium to medium large gravel. I also have plants that are half alive. My tank is stocked with 6 glo fish 2 neons 4 black fin tip tetra, 4 clown loaches, 5 black cooli loachs, 5 kuhli loaches, and a giant common pleco.

I didnt know we would go the way of the loach and know they like to burrow. Would it be worth switching 80 lbs of gravel with 60lbs of sand? I want to keep my plants, but not sure what kind of sand would be good. Ive been looking at Aqua Terra tan sand.

If you need to know more about my set up id be more then happy to let you know.

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Your more immediate problem is with the fish, specifically the pleco and clown loaches. The former attains 18 inches, the latter 12+ inches though 8-12 in an aquarium is common, and neither will be successful long-term in a 38g tank. Do you have plans to re-home them? Or for a larger tank? The clown loach require 6-feet and up for a group of 5-6 (4 is prob OK). The info in the fish profile explains this. You can click on shaded names to go to the fish's profile, or use the second tab from the left in the blue bar.

The kuhlis would appreciate the sand; so would the clowns but in a larger environment.

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Your more immediate problem is with the fish, specifically the pleco and clown loaches. The former attains 18 inches, the latter 12+ inches though 8-12 in an aquarium is common, and neither will be successful long-term in a 38g tank. Do you have plans to re-home them? Or for a larger tank? The clown loach require 6-feet and up for a group of 5-6 (4 is prob OK). The info in the fish profile explains this. You can click on shaded names to go to the fish's profile, or use the second tab from the left in the blue bar.

The kuhlis would appreciate the sand; so would the clowns but in a larger environment.
Well I have a 150 tall tank but im not allowed to set it up per the land lord. It will be about 2 years before i have a house to set it up.

Would 2 clown loaches be better then 4?
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Well I have a 150 tall tank but im not allowed to set it up per the land lord. It will be about 2 years before i have a house to set it up.

Would 2 clown loaches be better then 4?
No, they would be stressed even more. Please have a read of the profile for this species, it has this explained under Compatibility/Temperament.

How large are they now? Clowns tend to grow quickly from the 2 inch size to 5 inches.

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No, they would be stressed even more. Please have a read of the profile for this species, it has this explained under Compatibility/Temperament.

How large are they now? Clowns tend to grow quickly from the 2 inch size to 5 inches.

Right now they are about 2 inches. Ive had them for about 2 1/2 months.
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