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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-10-2004, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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My clown loaches always seem to get themselves into the tightest holes and get themselves stuck, It always aggrivates me because one of my big laoches got stuck inside the rock and to get him out i had to take the rock out and rip open the top super quick to get him out. SUGGESTIONS TO STOP THIS!!!!

Plus they found this one hole i never even saw AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!@!@! :twisted: :evil: :evil: :twisted: :idea: :roll: :twisted: ops:
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-11-2004, 12:55 PM
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It wouldn't surprise me if your Loach was not stuck at all. They have a tendency to "fake dead" and wedge themselves into a corner pretty often. Make sure that he is stuck for at least half a day before reaching in and potentially stressing him by dislodging the rock.

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I've had the same experience as Gulfcoast. I've never seen a clown loach get into a hole it couldn't get out of. Your attempt to help the loach probably spooked him further into wanting to stay in that spot. Also, as Gulf mentioned, they like to lie down. And while they are taking a rest, they frequently make minor swimming movements. I think they are just trying to get comfortable . But to someone not familiar with their behavior, this could appear to make them look stuck. My two fellas 'sleep' together for hours at a time, and can slip through cracks that look way to small for their big fat heads.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-11-2004, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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No i knew they were stuck becuase he dissapeared for about 4 days and never ate, plus my loaches were about 4 inches long. I have not looked for my loaches yet but if i do see that their stuck i will have to make adjustments to my tank
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heh heh.. I have had a few problems with Clown loaches getting stuck. Your only real option is to arrange your tank decor in a way that prevents them from getting somewhere they cant get out of.

I went through 36 hours of original design with the slate in my 135 gallon tank for my loaches..
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-11-2004, 11:02 PM Thread Starter
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hehehe, ya i think ill play to do that with my loaches
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