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Old 01-01-2007, 01:54 AM   #31
 
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Blue, St6D - That pic is the type specemin, if you will, from Loaches.com to demonstrate what a female kuhli full of eggs looks like. So that one is certified gravid - not chubby, not diseased - ready to spawn.
I misunderstood this one. I was referring to Charles' kuhli in case he thinks his kuhli is getting ripe, not the one on the link.:)
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Old 01-01-2007, 01:14 PM   #32
 
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Update -- I got 3 yoyo loaches (about 2 weeks ago) for the 20 gallon and absolutely adore them! They really balance out the look of the tank, and it has become my favorite to watch. Two of them are active all the time, I have concerns about the 3rd who perfers to hide in the 'gazebo' decoration, I wonder if he is more nocturnal than the others? He also lays on his side when he is out, which is still taking time to get used to.



I'm already fantasizing about a 75 gallon filled with loaches :)
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Old 01-01-2007, 01:30 PM   #33
 
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Old 01-01-2007, 05:39 PM   #34
 
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I've noticed the same thing as Crazie Eddie. I've got shoals of Yoyos and Angelicus in one tank - 5 fish in each - and the largest one of each tends to hold himself aloof from the other four. In that case it could just be that the largest was already established in the tank when I added the other four. On the other hand, I have a shoal of 8 Botia striata in my 55, and the largest of them (who was introduced with the first three) also tends to be the last to come out and play. It was that way with three loaches, it was that way when I added two more, and it remains that way having added 3 more. I think it's an alpha loach thing.

Hey Blue, No worries, my friend. :D
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Old 01-01-2007, 09:37 PM   #35
 
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Are there snails in the tank for them to eat?
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Old 01-02-2007, 12:32 AM   #36
 
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I toss a hundred or so pond snails in the loach motel once a week. They go bereserk for 20 minutes, and then spend the rest of the week picking off the odd one that got away.
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Old 01-02-2007, 06:30 PM   #37
 
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I've been feeding them a variety of foods, all which appear to be accepted -- flakes, sinking tetramin tabs, shrimp pellets, and there are ramshorn and malaysian trumpet snails in the tank.

The one that hides is quite thin and paler than the others, and he really seems 'lazy' about looking for food. However, today he has been the most active I've ever seen him. He really seems to prefer flake food.
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Old 01-02-2007, 08:48 PM   #38
 
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LMF,
If you can get some pond snails, loaches go cuckoo for them. THey have a heck of a time with MTS, and I don't know about ramshorns, but I throw a bunch of snails in the tank a couple times a week and it always sparks a feeding frenzy. The other thing they relly seem to enjoy is frozen bloodworms. They also like brine shrimp and mysis shrimp, but the bloodworms really get them going.
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Old 01-03-2007, 04:12 AM   #39
 
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Live black worms would work wonders, too, if you can get them. If you want to see a feeding frenzy, drop a few pinches of those into your tank and watch all of the fish go nuts and fill up quickly.
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Old 01-12-2007, 01:29 PM   #40
 
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! what happened to crazy eddie :( my i have 6 yoyo loaches in my 20 gallon......its hard to keep up with them. next day there are no more snails. which im kinda disapointed cuz the big fat momy snail kinda got attached to me. it got mutilated by my loaches. and i do fantasize a loach tank =)!!! when i move to idaho ill put a hugantic 125 tank in my bedroom. ill stock them with lots of plants loaches and oscars. and maybe some danios. but ill definitely focus on loaches. ill put a few danios to occupy the upper levels. btw wats the differecne b/w ick and velvet. i cant seperate them.
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