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post #11 of 22 Old 02-15-2011, 03:15 PM
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Horseface loaches LIVE in the sand. It's not a matter of what they prefer and definitely not a matter of what you prefer.

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post #12 of 22 Old 02-15-2011, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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if they were born in gravel and have lived in gravel there whole life never touched sand would that make a differnce?

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post #13 of 22 Old 02-15-2011, 10:45 PM
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They weren't born in gravel. They are not commercially bred - they are wild caught.

No, it wouldn't make a difference - they would still prefer sand.

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
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post #14 of 22 Old 02-15-2011, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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Oh! well now i understand super clearly I finally saw one of them today and it looked like there was blood on the nose! Im very upset to see this sonow il be buying sand wheres the cheapest sand to buy ? ill be taking out all my gravel will my plants will my plants live in sand? my mother plant barley stays down in the gravel.

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post #15 of 22 Old 02-16-2011, 01:45 AM
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IMO the best sand you can get for the money is Pool Filter Sand, which can be found at any pool/spa supply store.

I'm sorry, I can't help you with plants - not my thing. But I think they will grow in PFS

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
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post #16 of 22 Old 02-16-2011, 01:40 PM
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Plumkin, always, always, always research a fish that is new to you before you acquire it. It can save a lot of trouble, and may save the fish depending upon species. And please read our profile on this species, click the shaded name Horse Faced Loach to see it, before you decide anything further. You may or may not want them.

They get large (up to 8 inches), should be in a group of 5-6 to avoid aggression to each other, must be able to burrow and will remain hidden most of the time. If they are out charging around the tank, it means they are very highly stressed, and this will cause more health problems. I've maintained these fish, and hardly ever saw them--but that was normal for the species. All this is explained in the profile.

You have the option of returning them (most stores will, they understand or should), or setting up a tank suitable. But remember, you will never see them.

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The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If youíre going to take it under your wing then youíre 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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post #17 of 22 Old 02-16-2011, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks I usally ask the LFS what I should do I even asked if i should buy sand they said no which they were wrong and they really dont like fish to be returned even tho i have spent thousands there its odd. my 30 gallon will be gettin set up with sand for them, Im also buying a 55 gallon tank that ill be putting the gravel in there and making my 75 gallon sanded so they will have 2 choices :).

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post #18 of 22 Old 02-16-2011, 02:08 PM
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Sounds like you have a plan :)

Asking the LFS people isn't the best way to learn about a fish. 9 times out of 10 they don't know and just make up an answer.

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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
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post #19 of 22 Old 02-16-2011, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
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yea :[ I've know them for 16 years and was hoping by now I' get some legit information now when I go there and if i see something I read on this forum I'll let them know and give them some advice about what you guys have said.

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post #20 of 22 Old 02-16-2011, 05:00 PM
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Different people have different guidelines they go by. On one hand you have people that look at a fish and think, "what could it live in?" On the other are people who think "what should it live in?"

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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
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