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post #31 of 42 Old 09-03-2012, 10:08 PM
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I have a couple of "YOYO" loaches and kept an angelicus botia for more than a decade. They are entertaining and beautiful.

I saw tome tiger botias recently and was at the point of buying them. Then I learned they need big tanks (125) so you can accomodate 6-10 fish and substrate in which they can burrow. So I passed. But I still want them. Someday.



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post #32 of 42 Old 09-06-2012, 03:15 AM Thread Starter
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I work in a pet shop and we carnt get any yoyo loach and I tend not to buy in botia loaches due to there aggression :):):)
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post #33 of 42 Old 09-06-2012, 05:06 AM
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That's too bad. I have kept YoYos and Angelicus with no problems. But I understand the hesitency. Botias are variable, species to species, and some very similar-looking botia species can be very different in temperament.

Oftentimes, like barbs, if given enogh space and enough companions, they can be excellent aquarium fish.



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post #34 of 42 Old 09-06-2012, 01:13 PM
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Ya. The botine loaches do have a bad rap. I think it comes from being kept in small tanks with not enough buddies around. Some of them (like the clown loach) just get huge. You need a massive tank to hold a large enough shoal. Those were actually the guys that got me hooked on loaches. I saw some in my Walmart (shudders) when they were selling fish. They were so cute! They were resting two on a leaf of a tall almost fir-shaped fake plant. I sat there watching them for at least 30 minutes. Then I went home and researched their needs. And was heartbroken.

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post #35 of 42 Old 09-06-2012, 09:09 PM
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My favorite LFS has a huge tank with perhaps twenty huge clown loaches for sale. Huge.

They are on sale, too. 175.00 each or 6 for 1000.00!



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post #36 of 42 Old 09-06-2012, 10:00 PM
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My favorites are my Panda Corys.
They are quite attractive, they have the friendly disposition and good nature of Corys, and they use the whole tank and act like dither fish for my betta and the Bronze corys.
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6 for a grand, HOLY BEEF BURGERS !!!!!
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post #38 of 42 Old 09-07-2012, 05:10 AM
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What a great thread! Normally a lurker, but this one needed a post LOL!

It would be IMO imposable to single out one species as a favourite, so have narrowed it down to three instead.

First it must be the Zebra Danio.
They were the first fish I kept as a child and have ensnared the next generation as my son is now addicted :p
Simply for the amount of joy they have given novice ad experienced fish keepers alike they should make any top 10 list, but they have also given so much to us in the for of medical research.
They are a truly amazing if all too often overlooked little fish.

Diamond tetra is another firm favourite, they may out stand out in a shop tank surrounded by fish who look ready for carnival, but given the right conditions and time to mature are a stunning,very active fish that is a joy to watch.

From the salty side,more my husbands arena then mine, I adore the Royal Gramma.
I was very much against the idea of a marine tank untill I spotted this fish.
It's a lot of money for little extra gain I said, then WOW, this one caught my eye.
Needles t say, the marine tank is on it's way, but now it is with my blessing :p
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I"ll say all fish i like .But if i had to pick the top five, It will be red devil, jack dempsey,wolf fish ,angel fish and a salt water wolfi octopus (there are so small)

I just like aggressive fish, they more exciting and fun to watch and feed .Just my opinion
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post #40 of 42 Old 09-07-2012, 10:09 AM
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I can relate to Yunalesca regarding zebra danios. I am having a nostalgia festival with swordtails and platies, as these were my favorites forty years ago.

And I gotta agree with you that Diamond Tetras are beautiful fish.

BackInAction: I like your picks, too, and I understand about watching predatory fish feed. I find it exciting, however, when a marine angel (for which I have paid close to a couple hundred bucks) finally decides to eat. Trust me: that's riveting, too!



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