06-19-2011, 12:47 PM
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Originally Posted by mjbn
So i found another deal, a bigger variety of plants with red cherry shrimp for $10 as well. Only thing with this one is that the tank has pond snails-_- I definately don't what these little dudes in my tanks. I'm thinking about getting the plants, buying a couple clown loaches (only loaches i know are available in my area) from petsmart, and letting them go in my 20G for the 14 days i have till i can return them since they will grow waaay too big for my tanks. I want some smaller loaches but i cannot find them anywhere in San Jose. I'm willing to order online if anyone has extras, but i don't have a lot to spend.
This is a practice I do not recommend. It is very hard (and thus cruel) on the fish. Never buy a fish unless you intend to keep it and can provide what it needs for not only now but its life. Loaches can live for more than 10 years. Loaches are highly social fish, they have a remarkable interaction between members of the group and there should never be less than 5 of them. To try and put this is perspective, imagine how you would feel locked in a small room with no contact with family. It is very stressful on the fish.
Aside from that, capturing fish is also highly stressful. And loaches are one of the most difficult of fish to catch. They also succumb readily to parasites, especially ich, caused by stress. And being "naked" (no scales) they cannot tolerate medications well. So this is more trouble.
Please research your fish and respect their requirements. They are living creatures.