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post #1 of 3 Old 02-23-2012, 10:02 AM Thread Starter
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hillstream loach tankmates

Ive been permitted by the wife to put a tank at our rental house!

She would prefer not to have a heated tank (shrug) so I was thinking of doing a 20g long river tank. I have ALWAYS wanted to try hillstream loaches. 6 loaches, some wood, some border plants but nothing crazy, and more wood. Current provided by a smallish canister, or a sponge/powerhead combination thats turned down quite a bit. I dont want to make my fish tank look like a washing machine ;)

I think it would be too much current for WCMMs long term. Any other small fish you guys think would appreciate the cooler temps and a little current? Its going to stay in my kitchen, maybe a small backup heater... Temps would stay between 65 and 72ish I think.

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post #2 of 3 Old 02-23-2012, 07:53 PM
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Tankmates are not easy to select. Checking over at "the" loach site I came across this which may be of value:
Hillstream Loaches - The Specialists at Life In The Fast Lane — Loaches Online

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #3 of 3 Old 02-23-2012, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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not much in the way of possible tank mates listed, but the site got me more interested than ever in making a tank! Im sketching out ideas for river tanks now using the powerhead manifold idea they used, maybe even using a wider tank, and designing areas of lower flow for a mixed bag of fast, and slow moving current fish. This is going to take some serious research. Thanks for the read byron!

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