11-12-2006, 07:50 PM
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Goldfish and Weather/Dojo Loaches
I have 3 fancy goldfish, and 2 weather loaches in a 75 gallon tank. Every now and then, especially recently, I see the loaches chase the goldfish, and seem to playfully nudge them with their mouths and swim all over them. Not quite sure if they are actually biting/sucking the goldies, but to me it just looks like they are playing...I hope. Only visible damage was on my black moor, but it looked like he scraped his side on a rock.
Are weather loaches known to be somewhat aggressive with slower moving fish? Are they known to suck on goldie's slime coats if they are hungry? Maybe I should be adding some other kind of food for them, since maybe they aren't eating enough. I drop Algea wafers in at night for my Plecos, put Zucchini in every few days, and I assume they get scraps from flakes, freeze dried brine shrimp/bloodworms, sinking pellets, and peas that I feed my goldies on a regular basis.