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My clown Loaches won't come out of hiding :(
Old 04-13-2011, 01:46 PM   #11
 
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he's lovely,looks to be around 5-6 inches
That's exactly what I thought and was wondering....6 inches, twelve years old? Mine are going on three years, are six inches long and it seems they shot up to six inches VERY rapidly (one inch to six inches in less than three years) but now their growth has all but stopped. They are feed very well and in a large tank so I'm thinking the reports of them being slow growers after six inches is completely accurate???
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Old 04-13-2011, 02:22 PM   #12
 
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Nice looking loach. So, twelve years you've had him? I see you have a measure up against the bottom of the tank. I do that same thing to measure! What is his length?? My eyes are lousy and I can't make out the number on the tape measure!
Do we count his tail-fin or not? He is definitely between 5 and 6 inches. I started with 3 very small clown loaches in a 29 gallon aquarium, circa 1999, when no one was able to give me info on these fish. Over the years, we've graduated to a 38, then the current 55. One was lost during a heat malfunction many years ago. Big Loach decided to eat an entire vacation feeder in one go a couple of years ago, and died soon afterward(I no longer use those things). Little Loach is a trooper, and he owns this aquarium.
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Old 04-13-2011, 02:31 PM   #13
 
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Tail fin counts! Good to know that my current herd of clowns won't be outgrowing their 100gl anytime soon!
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Old 04-13-2011, 02:31 PM   #14
 
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That's exactly what I thought and was wondering....6 inches, twelve years old? Mine are going on three years, are six inches long and it seems they shot up to six inches VERY rapidly (one inch to six inches in less than three years) but now their growth has all but stopped. They are feed very well and in a large tank so I'm thinking the reports of them being slow growers after six inches is completely accurate???
Originally, when I had three, one very much dominated the other two, and also quickly shot up to a larger size. That one(Big Loach), was extremely agressive about hogging most of the food, no matter how many times a day I fed them. Although all the same age, and purchased at the same size (under 2 inches), it didn't take long before Big Loach was twice the size of the other two. The other two grew much more slowly for years. I used tactics like adding food to both ends of the aquarium at once, so she couldn't run the others away from all the food at one time. That same larger, more agressive loach died as it lived, by what seemed to be an unfortunate over-eating binge.

Here is a video of Little Loach and Big Loach together in 2007. You can see the size difference despite both being the exact same age:

When I get home, I can hunt for an even older picture if people are interested.

The smaller fish in this video is the same one that is in the video I posted earlier in this thread.

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Old 04-13-2011, 02:37 PM   #15
 
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When it comes to loaches I'm always interested! Wow, Big Loach was a FATTY!!
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Old 04-14-2011, 03:51 AM   #16
 
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awwww*and inserts a sigh* i love loaches .
i found mine to be slow growers,every time when i saw someone saying about how big they
grew,i worried that i would have monsters in my tank by the end of the week.
however i found mine to be slow growing too.
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Old 04-14-2011, 03:56 AM   #17
 
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Here's a video of the morning routine that I referred to above:
YouTube - Breakfast with Little Loach

That is the size of my 2 loaches...looking at your tank...and the amount of plants and stuff u have in it looks like mine....i so loved it when it begged for food..it was adorable lol

I have 4 sets of blue led lights across the back of my tank that blows bubbles....do you think maybe the bubbles are why they r not coming out? As your lights in your tank are no brighter then my light i have on during the day.
My tank is only 120 litres (almost 32 gallons) i have fine sand and plants and also have a few caves too. I am running a Fluval canister filter as well. It has now been a month and they still dont come out. I have no room to have any more in my tank.
I usually feed in the morning...tropical food and every few days throw in some wafers. Should i feed them some thing in particular? What do they like to eat as a treat?
One of them a haven't even seen sight of for a few weeks...had to shine a torch in its cave to check its still alive and it is thank goodness....
Thanks everyone for your replies.....i know i have to be patient...but im worried they will never come out at all
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Old 04-14-2011, 04:06 AM   #18
 
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sorry if i've missed it rosey,but how long have you had them for ?
it took mine like forever to show their faces,and even then,it would mainly be in the morning,
they had plants to hide and plenty of caves.
shrimp pellets i found they really liked,along with catfish pellets,and mine would
make clicking noises in the morning when they were waiting for me to feed them
have yours played dead yet ?
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Old 04-14-2011, 04:11 AM   #19
 
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sorry if i've missed it rosey,but how long have you had them for ?
it took mine like forever to show their faces,and even then,it would mainly be in the morning,
they had plants to hide and plenty of caves.
shrimp pellets i found they really liked,along with catfish pellets,and mine would
make clicking noises in the morning when they were waiting for me to feed them
have yours played dead yet ?
I have only had them for a month but they are about 5 to 6 inches in size. No they haven't played dead as far as i know...as i never see them lol
But my Yoyo loaches play dead and often catch me out :) They also make the clicking noises in the morning when i feed them..but the clowns don't even come out.
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Old 04-14-2011, 04:13 AM   #20
 
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still early days then i would say.
perhaps if you can get some different pellets,and give them a go.
you may find it takes a couple of months,for them to become comfortable,and
get to know the routines of the home,along with the water changes and
stuff like that.
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