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post #11 of 12 Old 07-23-2009, 04:12 PM
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I am not sure what size tank you have, but if there is room, I would get some more zebra loaches.
Keep in mind these are active fish that will grow to be 4 inches in size.
They should be kept in groups of 5 or more.
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post #12 of 12 Old 07-24-2009, 09:06 AM
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OK, Thanks. The guy at the store had no idea what he was talking about then. Or he did know and he just wanted to make money and sell some fish. I guess I'll return them and get different fish.

But I do have one question about zebra loaches. Whenever I put food in the tank and watch them eat my zebra loach chases the clown loaches around for a while. I've heard alot about zebra loaches chasing other fish. Is this just his personality, is he territorial, or is it because hes by himself. I was thinking it was because he was by himself so I was maybe going to buy 1 or 2 more. What do you think? I know I'm asking this again but I only got one answer before.
Here is a link to an excellent site on Loaches, specifically to the page on this species, Boria strigata.
Zebra Loach (Botia striata) — Loaches Online

As it says there, this is a peaceful loach that should be maintained in groups, but as Twistersmom said, make sure you have the room as they grow to 4 inches. Five is the recommended minimum grouping if you have the space, but 3 would be fine. I would certainly not have just one or two; as 1077 mentioned, fishes kept singly or as two when they are social by nature frequently resort to aggressive behaviour out of stress and desparation. Know your fish and provide what they need and they will reward you with good health and interesting activity.

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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 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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