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post #1 of 15 Old 03-18-2011, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Scared or normal activity?

A month into my new 35 gal aquarium(8 red eyed tetra, 6 red platys and 4 fan tail guppies), I added 2 loaches, since I have a pleco in my 29 gal. I wanted different bottom feeding fish in my 35. I never see them out and about unless I check on them every couple days to make sure they're stil alive, by stirring the object they stay under, which I added many. I only bought two because I wasn't sure how they would do. I read in the "Profiles" that they should be in groups of 5 or more in order to be active.
Water is cycled, and none of the levels are ever unsafe. Any other suggestions on getting more activity from them, or is this just the way the are? Any advice would be helpful.

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post #2 of 15 Old 03-18-2011, 08:40 PM
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A month into my new 35 gal aquarium(8 red eyed tetra, 6 red platys and 4 fan tail guppies), I added 2 loaches, since I have a pleco in my 29 gal. I wanted different bottom feeding fish in my 35. I never see them out and about unless I check on them every couple days to make sure they're stil alive, by stirring the object they stay under, which I added many. I only bought two because I wasn't sure how they would do. I read in the "Profiles" that they should be in groups of 5 or more in order to be active.
Water is cycled, and none of the levels are ever unsafe. Any other suggestions on getting more activity from them, or is this just the way the are? Any advice would be helpful.

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Are you talking clown loaches? I don't know much about them, but if groups are suggested, that could be the reason. Does seem strange you don't see them out though. I live in Albuquerque, and I'm wondering where you are? I have a friend who needs to place a couple of her tetras, and needs a good home for them. If you are local, perhaps you're interested. She has a placo too, but I see you have that.

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Are you talking clown loaches? I don't know much about them, but if groups are suggested, that could be the reason. Does seem strange you don't see them out though. I live in Albuquerque, and I'm wondering where you are? I have a friend who needs to place a couple of her tetras, and needs a good home for them. If you are local, perhaps you're interested. She has a placo too, but I see you have that.

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Hi Gwen,
No, they're more serpentine but have stripes. I live in Albuquerque also. I really enjoy my tetras, what type are the ones she's looking to find a home for? How big is the Pleco?
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post #4 of 15 Old 03-18-2011, 08:59 PM
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The pleco is about 6 inches. I told her I really didn't want him, and suggested she post on Craigslist. The others are a couple orange tetras, and I think a lemon tetras, though I'm going over there tomorrow, to check. I haven't seen the fish in awhile, and need to see if I know what they are - but they're tetras. I'm setting up a new tank, so she was hoping I'd want them (she is tired of fish and wants to get rid of her 30 gal and all). If you're interested, I know she isn't wanting to make or get any money for them. She doesn't want her tank either, which has a light fixture and all.

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post #5 of 15 Old 03-18-2011, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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Hi Gwen,
I'm sorry new to this site. I tried to send you a direct message, did you get it?
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post #6 of 15 Old 03-18-2011, 11:05 PM
The only suggestion I have for your loaches is to add 3 more. They are very social, and shy away if not in their intended group sizes.

Add more and they will come out and about a lot more often.

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Tank 1: (29 gal planted) empty
Tank 2: (15 gal) empty
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Thanks for the confirmation. Going to do that tomorrow. Unfortunately the douche bag at the pet store didn't know this last week.. Lol
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Thanks for the confirmation. Going to do that tomorrow. Unfortunately the douche bag at the pet store didn't know this last week.. Lol

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Most pet store employees are there just to sell you things and collect money...very few know what they are talking about, even if they sound like they do.

Yeah, the need for 5 loaches is the reason I dont have any in my tank, I dont have the room for them. Loaches are awesome when they are in a happy group!

What species of loach is it?

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Tank 1: (29 gal planted) empty
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post #9 of 15 Old 03-18-2011, 11:27 PM Thread Starter
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Yah I know.. Jerks! Anyhow, they are Kuhli loaches.
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Yah I know.. Jerks! Anyhow, they are Kuhli loaches.
Oh yes, those guys demand a large group...if your tank is big enough, I would even advice going over 5, maybe a total of 6 or more...with loaches, especially the kuhlis, the motto should be "the more, the merrier". Kuhlis are a bit more of hiders than most loaches in general, even in a group. But the group will helps tons!!!

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Tank 1: (29 gal planted) empty
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