Yo-yo loach compatible with Oto?
I currently have 2 tanks running but really would like to get rid of the smaller. My only hesitation is the Yo-yo loach and Oto. Typically would the loach beat on the Oto?
The 10gal tank currently holds 2 Platys, 1 White Cloud, 1 Oto and 2 Mystery snails.
The 20gal tank currently holds 3 Platy and 1 Yo-yo Loach, approx 3 1/2 -3 3/4 inches long.
My loach had become rather aggressive for a while because of the Honey Gourami I had(Gourami went to live in the plant tanks at my local lfs, he had over the course the year I owned him, become very violent). Within a week of getting rid of the Gourami my loach returned to his normal peaceful, graceful self so I don't think he will be a problem(it has been a month without any aggression being displayed) but I just wanted to check.
I'm going to have to suggest that you return the loach for 2 reasons:
The tank is much too small unfortunately.
They really need to be in groups of 3 or more, in whicvh case an even bigger tank still would be required.
Once this is done i see no issues with combining the fish, but i wouldn't add anything else as you would then be pretty well stocked.
Another thing to note is that the white cloud is another schooling fish and really prefer groups of 6 or more, which I dn't personally think you have room for. They are also not a tropical fish, and need much cooler temperatures than the rest of your fish can stand for long term health, and so, again i have to suggest that you return this fish also.
My singles were once in groups(except the loach) they are the the ones that survived as the others have died off over time. I know the loach should be in a group but when I bought him a year ago I was missed informed by the pet store(I didn't know anything about Yo-yos when I bought him) but he is thriving and has decided to stop growing for a while. He hasn't grown in probably 3 months now, when I bought him he was barely an 1 to an 1 1/4 long.
I can't take him back after a year especially since he is doing well. They only took the Gourami (I had had him a year as well) because I told them his alternative was the freezer.
I guess I will leave it as it is for a while. Santa was supposed to bring a 55gal or 75 gal for Christmas but I got laid off in November and am still haven't found work so it is going to be at least summer before I can get the tank.
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