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post #1 of 12 Old 06-06-2008, 09:50 AM Thread Starter
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Zebra Loaches?

So I was thinking about getting Clown Loaches but I stumbled upon the Zebra Loach and found out that they only grow to be around 4 inches. Would I be able to have 4 or 5 of these guys in my 55g? What do these guys require to stay healthy in terms of tank items?
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post #2 of 12 Old 06-06-2008, 04:29 PM
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What else do you have in there? Substrate type? pH? They seem like they would fit in much easier than clowns.

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post #3 of 12 Old 06-06-2008, 04:47 PM
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Zebra's are great, but not algae eaters the way a pleco is. They'll also eat any snails you have in your tank.

If you're looking for a small pleco, bristlenose's are great. (not that you couldn't add the loaches and the pleco)
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post #4 of 12 Old 06-06-2008, 05:15 PM Thread Starter
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I planned on getting a pleco too, these are just something to take place of the clown loaches that have similar personalities.

Im using a small gravel substrate and I plan on getting Java Ferns once I get a few fish in there.

I think my plan is going along the lines of:
6 Zebra Loaches
3 Swordtails; 2 female, 1 male
7 to 10 Threadfin Rainbowfish
and probably some number of Gourami to add in some more color, maybe about 4 or 5.

How does that sound for stocking?

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Oh, the pH seemed to stable out around 7.5 over the last 2 weeks that it has been cycling and Im starting to get some nitrate development.
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post #5 of 12 Old 06-06-2008, 05:59 PM
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Sorry, I misread your post and thought you had written "clown pleco" not "clown loach". Those guys will make great replacements, although you could also look at getting corydoras or kuhli loaches.

Threadfins are awesome, an extremely underrated fish IMHO. I've got 12 in my community tank. The one thing you should be aware of is they really can't be housed with nippy fish. The only gourami I would feel comfortable housing them with would be honey gourami, the rest will be too nippy (not to mention most gourami are too territorial with each other as well). Another cool alternative to gourami would be a few female bettas. I've got one in my community tank and she's an amazing addition. They should be plenty peaceful and come in an incredible variety of colors.
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post #6 of 12 Old 06-06-2008, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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I saw a honey gourami today and I really liked it. Do you think 2 would be too many?

If possible I think I really want to add in another 4-5 of some sort of schooling fish without overstocking it. I think Im getting close but I havnt done this before.


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A little off topic but my tank is cycling with 2 prawns and I decided to put them inside of a medium fish net twist tied shut, is this ok?
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post #7 of 12 Old 06-06-2008, 09:01 PM
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6 Zebra Loaches
3 Swordtails; 2 female, 1 male
7 to 10 Threadfin Rainbowfish
2 honey gouramis

Stocks are fine. Go for it.

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post #8 of 12 Old 06-06-2008, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
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:) Would more then 2 honey gourami go well together? Im still waiting on my tank to cycle or I would already have bought the fish haha. Starting to get some Nitrate readings finally...5ppm.

I do have a couple more questions.

Which fish should I introduce first? Im guessing either the Threadfins or the Zebras since the Gourami have territorial behavior.

Should I add fish in groups or a certain number at a time?
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:) Would more then 2 honey gourami go well together? Im still waiting on my tank to cycle or I would already have bought the fish haha. Starting to get some Nitrate readings finally...5ppm.

I do have a couple more questions.

Which fish should I introduce first? Im guessing either the Threadfins or the Zebras since the Gourami have territorial behavior.

Should I add fish in groups or a certain number at a time?
Keep one pair of gouramis only.

Honey gouramis are not that territorial however I'd buy them in this order below.

Swordtails
Honey gouramis
Threadfins
Loaches

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post #10 of 12 Old 06-07-2008, 11:06 AM Thread Starter
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Im assuming I can add the 3 swords at the same time and the 2 gourami and the same time, but how many threadfins and loaches?

Once I add in one group, should I wait a few days before adding the next group or a week, and so on?
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