06-07-2010, 04:07 PM
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Loach hanging out inside the heater. Is this bad?
I bought 3 yoyo loaches a week ago, and everything seems to be going well with them, except for one odd thing: one of them loves to hide inside my Rena SmartHeaters. He swims into the top and hangs out down by the bottom. (It's kind of funny to see, he looks like he's in fish prison! I wish I had a picture to post) I'm not sure if he just likes the seclusion, or if he likes that it's warm in there (I'm guessing it must be)
My question is this: should I be worried about this? Is there something in the tank threatening to him, or is the water perhaps too cold? (It's around 78 degrees). He's not in there all the time, and I don't really bother to force him out unless it's dinner time. I'm kinda thinking about fitting the top hole with some sort of screen to keep him out, but I'm not sure if it's necessary or worth the time.
Here's a picture of the heater, for those unfamiliar with it.