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Old 12-17-2006, 06:06 PM   #1
 
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Loach for 20 gallon?

It currently holds one very friendly gold gourami (don't know what kind, about 3 inches), 2 harlequin rasboras and 3 checker barbs. The tank has been up and running for a good 2 years. I was thinking of either loaches or more barbs. Any recommendations?
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Old 12-17-2006, 07:08 PM   #3
 
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No, no snail problem, just looking for bottom feeder. Saw some beautiful botia(?) loaches, but the guy at the lfs said they would get aggressive.
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Old 12-17-2006, 09:01 PM   #4
 
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No, no snail problem, just looking for bottom feeder. Saw some beautiful botia(?) loaches, but the guy at the lfs said they would get aggressive.
Can you get a picture of them?:) If they are Botia modesta, avoid them. They do get very aggressive. Pls be careful with the botias you buy. Some are dyed.
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Old 12-17-2006, 10:59 PM   #5
 
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I do not have a photo, but they were brown, with tan spots/stripes. Very pretty. LFS guy recommended going with a small clown loach and just bringing it back when it gets to large. I wanted something they would stay somewhat small. Also, I have pebble sized gravel and wonder if that is okay for loaches.
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Old 12-17-2006, 11:39 PM   #7
 
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I do not have a photo, but they were brown, with tan spots/stripes. Very pretty. LFS guy recommended going with a small clown loach and just bringing it back when it gets to large. I wanted something they would stay somewhat small. Also, I have pebble sized gravel and wonder if that is okay for loaches.
I disagree with his recommendations. The fish you buy is now under your responsibility. I wouldn't just go with this method. Buy a small fish, then return when it gets large.
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Old 12-18-2006, 11:57 AM   #10
 
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OK, for a 20 gallon, with that stocking, you could go with:
1) 5 or 6 Botia sidthimunki - This will set you back over $100
2) 3 Botia striata - I have 8. They're every bit as engaging as clowns, but they stay small - 4 to 4.5". You never will have a snail problem either. They're relatively inexpensive.

I would not recommend any other loaches in this tank. All of the peaceful loaches like to be in a group. 3 minium, 5 or more is better. Kuhlis are wonderful, but you'll never see them unless you have six or more, they tend to die for no apparent reason (they're like ottos that way), and they really like sand. Botia kubotai tops out at 5", B. almorhae at 6". You really don't have room for 3 of either of these. B. morletti is a king-hell fin nipper - best in a species tank, next best in a tank with other semi-aggressive loaches.

And, fo the record, I am aware that the Genus Botia has been changed/split out. I know tht icthyologists need job security too, but they should find it with deep water lanternfish and leave my loaches alone. :P

That's my $0.02. Try not to spend it all in one place.
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