04-13-2011, 02:31 PM
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Originally Posted by aunt kymmie
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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