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post #1 of 3 Old 06-17-2012, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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skunk botia issue

have a 55 galon, with 11 skunks, 7 lohachata botias. rest of tank is feeder guppies. i bought 6 otto cats for a slight algae issue, put them in 2 week quaranteen, added them to tank, the skunks were like sharks, swarmed em ate em. like within 5 minutes. the tank is heavily planted and heavily rocked plenty of hiding spaces.really heavily. dont want to rip evwerything out but never thought skumks would be that aggressive. Dont want a pleco or algae eater , is there anyhting that can withstand a skunk assault and thrive on the algae issue im having? its only on wood not on glass or rocks. I have 6 pieces of mopni and one giant soft piece of pine (aged im 42 been using it since i was a kid) about 4 feet by 6 inches thick at most. All the wood has a slight green grwoth on it . I do water changes every 3 days, ph is always over 8.0, very hard water. Im on a well. while i kmow i should try and find the issue of the algae problem, its an established tank of over 4 years. aside from the otto nothing has changed aside from the algae, filters are 2 aquaclear 500s and a powerhead on sponge filter in bottom of tank. No nitrate, no ammonia. Are skunks this aggressive by nature?
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post #2 of 3 Old 06-17-2012, 09:41 PM
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Yes, skunk loaches are normally that aggressive.

There are A LOT of loaches in that tank......

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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post #3 of 3 Old 06-22-2012, 12:00 PM
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Agree, you can read more in the profile, click on Botia hora. The GH and pH can also ipact behaviours, making aggression worse.

I am rather surprised the Botia almorhae [this is the correct name for what was once known as Botia lohachata as it explains in our profile] is not being targetted. That could happen.

Plants are not mentioned, but if there are no plants, I would let the algae go; it is not harmful and achieves what plants do, though much less significantly than plants, and that is using nutrients and producing oxygen.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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