Originally Posted by thekoimaiden
Interesting thing I was reading about these Pangio oblonga.... turns out there may be a few genetically distinct species that we just lump under that name. So little research has been done on these guys that no one really knows!
I've read the same thing - and it also goes for the P.Kuhli (which we were discussing on my thread a while back) It seems that there is MUCH more research that needs to be done on the 'eel-like' loaches in general still. They're often mixed up with P. Pangia - (commonly called the cinnamon loach) as well as a few other similarly-colored species. And to be fair, the color range on these babies can be from that gorgeous reddish-brown that yours display, all of the way down into a very deep dark almost black color - and lighter toward tan!
If I had the resources. . . and the knowledge, I could really see myself devoting my life to studying these guys exclusively and nailing down some of these very common questions! I can't though, so I'll just leave it at - WHATEVER they *actually* are - if they behave in this fashion, and are vaguely similar to the loaches I have at home - I LOVE THEM! They really are such wonderful animals, and so much fun to keep and learn about/from. I can't wait to see how your new batch mingles with the old crew, same goes for my tank!
Random, but have you ever seen P.doriae? GOSH! I'd give a finger for a shoal of those! Or, on the 'stripey' side of things P.alternans would be amazing (and they have P.anguillaris at WetSpot, been drooling over those, too!). . .maybe someday :)
P.S. I did, and will always, QT my fish regardless of how awesome the shop is that I get them from. You just never know. And with such hard-to-treat critters running around like your shrimp and farlowella, and the group I have in my 55 - doubly so! It's a good plan *nods* I swear - we make it difficult intentionally!