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Elvis 02-27-2011 04:43 PM

New clown loaches very shy! Why?
 
I just got 4 clown loaches yesterday with a albino rainbow shark in my 75 gallon. The tank has been cycled for a long time and has had 4 platies, 1 gourami, 1 guppy, and a clwon pleco in it before I added the loaches and shark.

I moved the platies, gourami, and guppy into another tank and just left the pleco in there before adding the loaches and shark. The shark seems to be doing pretty good hes just swimming around scavenging the substrate and sometimes swimming to the middle level of the tank.

The loaches keep hiding and are very frightened every time I approach the tank. They come out on occasion but only one at a time. Is this normal when introducing loaches to a tank?

Lupin 02-27-2011 06:41 PM

Yes. They're still new to your tank. Give them time. They prefer to be out more often in subdued lighting.

Elvis 03-01-2011 01:02 AM

I just bought 4 more today, and I replaced the light with another one I had laying around that is more of a purpleish blue tinge to it. Since I just added another 4 I'm gonna give them a little time to adjust and hopefully they let loose a bit. They are still acting pretty scared, and not really swimming and playing as much as I hoped.

aunt kymmie 03-01-2011 01:04 AM

My prediction? In a few more days they are going to come out and play. Mine took about a week then it was game on!

Elvis 03-01-2011 03:40 PM

I hope so! I need to rearrange my aquascape and make it more simple since I now have more active fish I don't need as many ornaments. 2 loaches actually got stuck in a bog wood type ornament and they ended up in the bath tub cause I had no clue where they went. I was loosing my mind looking for them when I returned to the bath tub and found 1 half way in the drain... The other one was stuck in that ornament too I took it out to try and search for them and they ended up being inside the ornament!!! It was very bazaar! They are both still alive and hopefully they continue living healthy.
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aunt kymmie 03-01-2011 05:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Elvis (Post 606008)
I hope so! I need to rearrange my aquascape and make it more simple since I now have more active fish I don't need as many ornaments. 2 loaches actually got stuck in a bog wood type ornament and they ended up in the bath tub cause I had no clue where they went. I was loosing my mind looking for them when I returned to the bath tub and found 1 half way in the drain... The other one was stuck in that ornament too I took it out to try and search for them and they ended up being inside the ornament!!! It was very bazaar! They are both still alive and hopefully they continue living healthy.
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Actually, not bizarre at all. While you thought they were "stuck" I guarantee you they were not. Loaches can cram themselves into the smallest of spaces and get right back out again. If you try to pull them out of something you think they are stuck inside of they will extend their sub-ocular spines and there's no way you could pull them out without damaging the loach.
These spines are located just below their eyes. Go google some pics of loaches sub-ocular spines, it's trippy looking and I think most people don't know loaches have such a defense mechanism!

PeeG 03-24-2011 10:06 AM

Hi! I have 4 loaches as well and I have found that having schooling fish (I have black neon and neon tetras) in the tank really help make the loaches more comfortable so that they come out more. They also tend to be more active in the early morning and evening.

wannalearn 03-24-2011 11:20 PM

i agree.. my loaches (2) of them.. didnt seem very active.. until after i added a school of 7zebra danio.. Having schooling fish, reasure the more timid one it is ok to come out..

celticchrys 04-14-2011 09:22 AM

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Originally Posted by PeeG (Post 627606)
Hi! I have 4 loaches as well and I have found that having schooling fish (I have black neon and neon tetras) in the tank really help make the loaches more comfortable so that they come out more. They also tend to be more active in the early morning and evening.


I will also testify to this! It definitely helps to have some fearless relaxed small fish bustling around the aquarium. It seems to make the clown loaches feel safer. You know, something like, "If nothing is eating or scaring those little guys, it must be safe."


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