08-22-2008, 10:45 PM
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Should I buy more Clown Loaches?
Last year I had a bad problem with snails. I had tried everything to get rid of them to no avail. As a last resort I bought 3 clown loaches. I have always loved these fish but I know that they can get quite big and there needs to be a lot of them. But I got them anyway and they helped me out a lot. One Clown was more assertive than the other two and pestered the other two to death leaving just him. I thought this was quite odd being that they are schooling fish but leave it to me to get one that has a rebel disposition. I've had him for over a year on his own and he's been a great fish but I feel guilty just having him.
I have a 55 gallon tank with him (about 4"), 1 large 8" pleco, 15 cardinal tetras, 4 corys, 2 otos, and a few small guppies. The cardinals are fairly new and I'm just praying they stay alive. So far so good. I worry about over loading my tank if I add a few more Clowns. What should I do? This is a well established tank that I've had for years.