12-09-2012, 08:22 PM
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Skipperdee, I moved your post and the response to begin a new thread of its own, since the issue is related but not directly with the other thread.
It did mention in the other thread about loaches needing places as a "home," so they can get off by themselves when they feel threatened, and at night. If you are never seeing your two clowns, this may be part of the problem--stress. Loach that are under stress will remain hidden.
And here we come to the issue of numbers. Loaches are highly social fish, that should be in a group of 4 at the very least, but five (or more) is better. They will form a very involved social structure within the group, and this is part of their natural behaviours and it affects their physiology. Read more in the profile, click the shaded name clown loach.
But before you rush out to get more, they need a large tank, 6 feet length. They will (or should if healthy) reach 8-12 inches, and may get to 16 inches. This needs space for a gorup of 5 or so. No mention was made of the tank size, so bear this in mind, as it is coming down the road.