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Mgray 04-28-2011 05:53 AM

Loach Identification?
 
New to fish keeping need to know what type of loach what type of tetras and if a golden or gold barb? Pictures on album

Any advice soul be good.
Michelle

Mgray 04-28-2011 07:17 AM

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Originally Posted by Mgray (Post 660685)
New to fish keeping need to know what type of loach what type of tetras and if a golden or gold barb? Pictures on album

Any advice soul be good.
Michelle

Sorry bit rubbish at posting can you go to my profile and I set up a new phot album named help to identify myfish. Thanks then you can see them all. My main album is not much help.

Byron 04-28-2011 01:50 PM

The "different" tetra is a Columbian Tetra. More info in the profile, click on the shaded name.

With more photos of the loach than the one in the other thread, I would offer Acanthocobitis botia as one possible identification. More info here:
Zipper Loach (Acanthocobitis botia) — Loaches Online

There are other closely-patterned species on that site, you may want to check them. It is usually easier to search when you have the live fish.

Byron.

Mgray 04-28-2011 07:37 PM

Loach Identification?
 
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Hello looking for opinions

We purchased 6 loaches under the shop name thermal loach and i am not convinced as they look nothing like them. When we got them they were very underfed so its taken a while to be able to see what they really look like they were totally different. any how i was looking and as they dont look like a thermalis loach to me I though maybe they could be a nemacheilus platiceps?

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any ideas? on a side note they change colour really easily at will sometimes after food or before, sometimes when we turn the lights on or off and they change back as quickly as you can see in the pictures they are the same fish but white and really dark almost black taken about 10 mins apart.

aunt kymmie 04-28-2011 11:16 PM

I can't say with certainty which species. What size are these? I assume juvies?? Loaches "graying" out at will is very common and typical of loaches, just in case you didn't know. I remember when mine first did this and my first thought was that they were very ill. I even went so far as trying to fish them out of the tank so I could "treat" them. Who knows what I was thinking as what the heck would I treat them with, since I had no idea what it was, lol. Whatever species your loaches are cute, very cute. :-)

LasColinasCichlids 04-28-2011 11:47 PM

Could they be some sort of botia species?

aunt kymmie 04-29-2011 12:03 AM

Definitely a botia (Botia being the genus of freshwater fish in the Loach family) but which one?? It looks similar to a number of different species, to me anyway.

LasColinasCichlids 04-29-2011 12:10 AM

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Originally Posted by aunt kymmie (Post 661328)
Definitely a botia (Botia being the genus of freshwater fish in the Loach family) but which one?? It looks similar to a number of different species, to me anyway.

LOL yeah, that's as far as I can get on the identification is just the genus.

aunt kymmie 04-29-2011 12:19 AM

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Originally Posted by LasColinasCichlids (Post 661331)
LOL yeah, that's as far as I can get on the identification is just the genus.

LOL, me too. Now I'm really interested and want to know which species. I bet Lupin or Byron knows, so where are they???

Mgray 04-29-2011 05:10 AM

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Originally Posted by aunt kymmie (Post 661301)
I can't say with certainty which species. What size are these? I assume juvies?? Loaches "graying" out at will is very common and typical of loaches, just in case you didn't know. I remember when mine first did this and my first thought was that they were very ill. I even went so far as trying to fish them out of the tank so I could "treat" them. Who knows what I was thinking as what the heck would I treat them with, since I had no idea what it was, lol. Whatever species your loaches are cute, very cute. :-)

Thank you for your post. They are about 5 cm at the moment. Yes they are juvies they were really thin and even bent in places as they were so thin when we got them. I did not know they could all do it no. I am really new to loaches so thanks. Hee hee I would have done the same only they all did it at different times and went back at different times so I never thought it was a problem as by the time I thought it might be they had changed back. More than I change my clothes hee hee. Thanks again

Byron was so kind as to speak with me about it already and suggested zipper loach Acanthrocobitis Botia. They do look similar to this but not exact. He suggested it is easier with the fish infront of you but I am not finding it easy at all. Hee hee I was wondering the two main things that look different are the red ting to the whiskers and nose and the back markings over the head and eyes and theblack spot on dorsal fin.


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