Sorry lol, just one more question... Do you know if loaches or plecos can carry diseases that could affect my bettas? I can't see anything physically wrong with them, although I don't see them often and I'm unsure what normal behavior is for them, but they've lived for a good five years in a tank that every other fish quickly died from (water quality issues from never getting water changes, no doubt).
I want to seed my fishless cycle with something from his tank but I'm afraid of contaminating my tank somehow. He obviously has a strong cycle going, though, and my tank has been fishless cycling for like two months -_-
I am concerned about his heater because the temperature is only 72 degrees. I don't know if the heater works at all anymore. He said it used to keep his tank at 75. I did convince him to get sand substrate sometime but I was wondering if the loaches would do better if there were more of them. I don't think he knows any more about his fish than I do and he's had them 5 years -_-
One other thing - what should he feed them? He feeds them Wardley flakes but he doesn't feed them more often than twice a week so I drop a couple NLS pellets in there sometimes. I don't know if they should eat either, but I figured that NLS would be more nutritious than Wardley flakes. I also have some VitaChem for my bettas but I don't know if that would benefit his fish or not.
Thanks. I'm not in a hurry so its okay, lol. I tested his water when he first moved his tank to my room. The old water had 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, and the nitrates were over 180. My test kit couldn't read them, so its definitely cycled. I do his water changes now because he obviously doesn't. He only has the two loaches and the pleco. I'm not sure how long he has had the pleco but he's had the loaches for 5 years and they hang around each other all the time. I'm unfamiliar with loaches so I'm not 100% sure what kind they are but they are the long sepentine ones. One is striped and one is just brown and the brown one is slightly longer. I don't see them often since they hide almost all the time. I do know that the non striped one is not ten inches. His tank is 20 inches long and I don't think the biggest loach is longer than 1/4 the length of the tank. The pleco is smaller than both of them in length and I also don't know what type it is but I do have some pictures of it.
Sorry it took so long... I'm usually on my iPod so I don't see these until I get on the computer..
Is it just the loaches and the pleco in the 10 gallon? This isn't something I would recommend (dojos usually get 10" long.. these species really shouldn't be kept together) but I would say since this has been this way for 5 years sort of an exception (maybe it's not a dojo, maybe it just didn't grow), to get 2-3 more kuhli loaches for the tank. It would be better to get sand..
Have you tested the water?
Hi :) I have a quick question... My brother has two loaches in his ten gallon tank (I believe one is a Kuhli loach and one is a dojo, there's a long striped one and one that is not striped and slightly larger). I am currently trying to get him to replace his gravel with sand (but the issue is, we'd have to catch the loaches, first). These loaches are also about 5 years old (or at least that is how long he's had them). One other thing - he also has a small plecostamus in there. I don't know what type, but he's also had it for five years and it's not very big.
I was wondering if he would be able to add three more loaches, given their age, type and the bio-load in the ten gallon. It is filtered and cycled with plastic plants and one car cave. (Oh, also, the temp is only 72 degrees. He has a heater but I'm pretty sure it no longer works, as it is probably as old as the fish.)