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jones57742 07-15-2007 12:19 PM

Need Your Input
 
Folks:

Approximately one month ago I had a "real disaster" and I will post "the gory details" when I am certain that I know the cause.

I lost 2 Yoyo loaches, 1 Gold Nugget Pleco and 3 Angels (one of which was DD Black, almost 6" and which I had raised from nickel size).

Lupin and I discussed several loaches in chat last night (my time) but I have found these which are "very attractive" to me.

What do yall think about purchasing five of these (assuming that one will be DOA)

Sewellia lineolata.

http://fishforum.com/userpix/435_bes...ny202036_2.jpg

Please note that I have more than adequate volume in my tank as well as floor space to accommodate them.

TR

homegirl2180 07-15-2007 05:36 PM

They are VERY cool looking. I don't have any knowledge of the species to offer. But I just wanted to say I'm so sorry to hear about the fish you lost that grew up with you. I have had an albino cory catfish for alil over a week and he already looks bigger. Ones that grow with you seem to create more of an attachment. My sympathies and best of luck with that fish of interest.

Just out of curiosity, where would you be ordering this fish from?

Lupin 07-15-2007 05:45 PM

Hi Ron.

All types of hillstream loaches including the Sewellia lineolata are best kept in a river setup where powerful currents and extra oxygenation are prominent. There is a tendency they will not feel comfortable from the lack of currents and shortage of oxygen supply. Also, they need algae as their primary diet and it would be appreciated if you have a chance to culture green algae grown on smooth pebbles.:)

jones57742 07-25-2007 04:30 PM

I have significant currents along the sides and rear of the tank due to air diffusers.

I have some algae on wood and "a dedicated 'spot' in the rear near the surface" where algae grows.

Do you believe that these conditions would make these loaches "happy"?

TR

Lupin 07-25-2007 06:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jones57742
I have significant currents along the sides and rear of the tank due to air diffusers.

I have some algae on wood and "a dedicated 'spot' in the rear near the surface" where algae grows.

Do you believe that these conditions would make these loaches "happy"?

TR

It'll work, Ron.:)

jones57742 07-26-2007 12:03 PM

Please excuse me but I forgot to ask.

I have 4 Yoyo's left and they seem "plenty happy".

How many of these do I need to purchase for them to be happy?

TR

Lupin 07-26-2007 07:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jones57742
Please excuse me but I forgot to ask.

I have 4 Yoyo's left and they seem "plenty happy".

How many of these do I need to purchase for them to be happy?

TR

3 is the minimum number required when keeping loaches. I would say 4 is already a good number although if you wish to add more, you may do so.:)

jones57742 07-27-2007 12:01 PM

Lupin:

What I was "trying to ask" and I did not do "a very good job of it" how many Sewellia lineolata do I need to purchase for them to be "happy".

Hg:

The vendor is
http://brianstropicals.com/ohio_tropical_fish.html

TR

Lupin 07-27-2007 12:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jones57742
Lupin:

What I was "trying to ask" and I did not do "a very good job of it" how many Sewellia lineolata do I need to purchase for them to be "happy".

Hg:

The vendor is
http://brianstropicals.com/ohio_tropical_fish.html

TR

3 is actually the minimum. 5 is a good plan.

fish_4_all 07-27-2007 02:46 PM

Well I gonna take a stab at this as I have thought about mixing loaches too. My first thought would be which ones get larger. Which ever one it is I would go to a 3:5 ration larger:smaller. This gives them their happy numbers and also makes it so that if the larger thinks it needs a little more territory the smaller ones in the larger groups can defend their territory well enough because of their numbers.

It will be an interesting experiment to see if they get a long or if the yoyo and Hillstreams will get along in mixed groups or if they establish seperate terrtitories in the tank and have border conflicts very often.

Just a suggestion for the river current needed for the hillstreams, why not a piowerhead in one corner so the hillstreams will like s pecific location where the yoyos might not giving a very specific habitat type for each, if they like different types of course.


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