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Tapil 09-19-2010 11:17 PM

Loach + Loach = Friends?
Hey my LFS had an amazing sale on tanks so i bought a new 50 gallon wide tank

I decided to place in this tank

3 Kuhlie loaches - max size 4 inches (12 gallons used so far)
2 golden dojos - max size 6 inches (24 gallons used so far)
1 weather loach - 10 inches (34 gallons used so far)

My concern is should i just, not include the weather loach in this tank? Would he get lonely not being with other weathers? Or would he snuggle up with the 5 other loaches?

*I will not add anymore loaches to this tank* so anthor weather loach is out of the question

Byron 09-20-2010 02:18 PM

I would not add a weather loach nor the dojo loaches to this tank. These are actually the same species, just different common names. It attains 10+ inches, burrows in the substrate, and prefers cool water (well below normal tropical community tanks).

Kuliis, if you get them, should be in a larger group, minimum 5 or 6. Most loaches are very social and need a group of their own species, with some exceptions. We have fish profiles, second tab from the left in the blue bar at the top, so you can look up many of the available fish and see their requirements.


Tapil 09-22-2010 12:47 AM

Thank you for sharing your time and knowledge.
I got 4 kuhliis and 2 golden dojos that was their entire stock of loaches besides the clowns
When they get more next week i may add a 3rd dojo

Byron 09-22-2010 12:19 PM

I may have been unclear. A 50g is not in my view suitable for 3 fish that will attain a foot in length. Not to mention they will eat the kuhili loaches, along with anything smaller than themselves. These fish are not compatible on several grounds.

burnsbabe 09-22-2010 03:01 PM

It's also worth mentioning that your measurement of how many gallons you've used are roughly based on the 1" per fish rule which has so clearly been debunked.

Tank stocking should be done using much more information regarding habitat, water type, bioload, and species temperment among many other things rather than on how long your fish are.

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