05-02-2010, 10:05 PM
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Originally Posted by aunt kymmie
I keep yoyo and clown loaches together and I'm pretty sure the clicking I hear comes from just the clowns. I have some dwarf chain loaches in another tank and have never heard them "click". So perhaps only clowns click? Clowns grow very large but based on my experience it seems like it takes them quite awhile before they become massive lunkers. I purchased mine as 2" juveniles back in August 2008. They are now 5" now so not a "radical" growth rate.
It's my opinion that most loaches be kept in numbers of no less of five members per species.
In a 75 gl you have room for a group of clowns. If you purchase juveniles it'll be a long time before they outgrow a 75. (by that time you're going to want a bigger tank anyway, right??
What other fish do you plan/want to keep with loaches?
All my tanks are planted, with lots of driftwood. Driftwood is a must for most loaches, they love jamming themselves into nooks and crannies. My loaches love to play hide and seek in the plants, in and around the driftwood, they are some of the most entertaining fish I keep. They are total goof balls and so funny to watch.
I only have good things to say about yoyos, clowns and dwarf chain loaches.
Driftwood - check
plants - check
now for tankmates: there will be the cories as stated, 5 serpae tetra, 5 emperor tetra, 5 green tiger barbs, 5 pristella tetras, 5 boesmani rainbows (2 monsters, 3 littler guys). i'll have to see where i'm at after 5 or 6 clown loaches but i'm guessing that i'd be about 75% stocked at that point (minimally).
as for tank size, i'm afraid 75 gallons is going to be it. the house we're building will have the 75 gallon in the living room, a 45 gallon in the family room, and 8 betta tanks scattered throughout so no more room for bigger or more (yeah right).