I don't see my kuhlies very much either, but I think once I get my tank more heavily planted and add some oak leaves to the bottom, I think I'll see them more. I think one of the reason kuhlies are so popular is that they have colors similar to the clowns. It's funny because the adult clowns loose those bright colors and become rather dull.
I'd never heard dwarf loaches called sidthimunki loaches. They are really adorable. And I just saw how expensive they are. Liveaquaria has them at $20 a fish!
Haha, I don't think Sparky will let me turn my 55gal into a community any time soon. I love clowns the best though. And my dojos. I try to love my kuhlis but I hardly ever see them. I want sidthimunki loaches but they're so expensive!
That's interesting! Good to know they actually work to get rid of snails. Not that I would suggest it to anyone. You know how everyone here is such a terrible enabler? ;) Well there are some botine loaches that have the same body shape and mannerisms of the clowns but get less than half of the size and can easily live in a 55 gallon community. And some like the zebra loach get small enough to live in a 3 foot aquarium. We've got a lot of these fish in our profiles. Look up the genus name Botia.
:D They are! I woke up today and all of the little white dots that were baby snails on the glass are gone. Yay! A few more weeks to make sure the population is under control and then I have to part with them. :( I'm glad my LFS will take them back but I still wish I could keep them. Why do they have to get so big?!?
Actually it was clown loaches and blue botia loaches that started my love of loaches! I saw they in a tank at Walmart. They were so adorable sitting on the leaves of a fake plant; it looked like a fish tree. Are they actually helping with the snail problem? I've always heard they could do it, but never that they did do it.
I just got two baby clown loaches for snail duty in my 20gal. They're so adorable swimming around! I wish I could keep them but when they are done eating all the nasty baby snails that I can't get rid of OR if they don't eat any snails at all, I have to return them. I don't have a tank big enough for them when they grow up. Awww, I can see why you love loaches so much. :D
I'm really glad you found him! I wouldn't have known about the galvanized steel! It would have been heartbreaking to lose them after all of your hard work. I can't wait to see the pond all done! Speaking of ponds, I found this artist who does adorable miniature ponds on Etsy: etsy.com/shop/rezinology
I found the most awesome pond/koi store! The guy is super knowledgeable and has a bunch of champion koi. He told me that I can't put fish directly into a galvanized steel tank because it'll leech metals. I have to coat it with some kind of special rubber first to make it inert. So as soon as I do that and let it set, I can fill it up! Yay!
Sorry, busting in on your conversation. Just gotta say I love TFH. I just wish it wasn't so expensive to subscribe to. I subscribe to Aquarium Fish International 'cause I got a $5 deal on Amazon. Both are good but I like David Boruchowitz, the editor-in-chief of TFH. I have half of his books and his betta book helped me get off to the right start.