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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-20-2003, 02:59 AM Thread Starter
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My LFS owner said:

To deal with my snail problem in my 29, to buy a clown loach, but aren't these fish supposed to be kept in pairs? Don't they get too large for this tank?
A betta would get it's fins nipped by danios and the harlequins, so it was a no-go. Does anyone have an opinion on this?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-20-2003, 05:14 AM
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Yes, clown loaches are happiest in larger groups (6 or so). Another fine snailer is the YoYo Loach. They seem to be happy in groups as small as 3 YoYo loaches. The Clowns or the YoYos will also appreciate a cave of some sort to hang out in.

I've got 3 YoYos in with several smaller (and larger) species - including SAEs and Coreys. The YoYos seem to mind their own business (eating snails and sniffing around for other food) and leave the other fish and the plants alone.

The only word of caution is that the loaches have sharp barbs like a catfish and can stab the heck out of an agressive fish that decides it wants to bully the Loaches or try for a Loach-lunch. They will defend themselves but don't seem to be interested in starting a fight.

The other thing that will freak you out is that these fish sometimes "play dead" as part of their normal behavior. They can be found sometimes lying on their sides or even upside down. You can look closely and see that the gills are still working. In a little while, they're back up and swimming normally. It's kind of scary at first but you get used to it.


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My Clown Loach loves to swim with my Tiger barbs. I have a small school of 8 of them and they are too busy chasing each other to nip my Angels and Gouramis.
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Anything about the betta?
How long would it take for a CL to grow out of the tank?

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-21-2003, 12:39 AM
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I did'nt know bettas ate snails.
I know clown loaches love snails and they'll eat up all your snails in no time.
I have 2 clown loaches in my 75 gal tank and they're really cool fish to watch and they seem to be happy ,just the two of them.... I bought the clown loaches about a year ago to get rid of snails and they did it in 2 days. They're about 3" long now. I think they rarely grow over 7" in captivity, but I'm not sure. They don't grow really fast like an angel does. By the time they outgrow your 29 gallon maybe you will have outgrown it also:hehe: Then you can move them to the larger tank.


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I agree with Marcel. Some people frown on the philosophy of buying juvenile fish and allowing them to outgrow a tank and then moving on to a larger tank as they grow. Well I've done this several times and found that it encourages me to try bigger tanks I might not normally save up my money for. And if they got too big for me to care for, it is usually very easy to find someone who wants a large healthy specimen!

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