Great little loaches. One of the first additions to my new 60 gal, and love the little guys. bought them a little less than one inch now closing in on 2 1/2 in. very active, good scavengers, and get at least two its great to watch them play around together.
got 1 for my first planted tank, I love it... realized they are better in groups larger then 1. I bought 2 more the next day, the first one is larger then the 2 newer ones but all 3 play together and are enjoying one anothers company... good for snails, great for snails actually!!!
I my mums tank, she had lots of fish given her, and we didn't know what this was. It seemed to just hide behind the rock all the time, and come out at night so we assumed it was nocturnal, but reading your comments, I decided to buy my mum another one, though the first is nearly 2 inches, the new one is only about half an inch, but they still seem happy in each others company, hopefully, with time the other will grow large too. I do have to agree though, they are excellent at getting rid of snails, everytime we buy a new plant, it seems to bring dozens of snails, which it enjoys "playing with".
Thanks for the helpful comments.
I have 9 of these guys, all of them are in the 4-5" range. The max size is ~6".
They should be considered semi-aggressive and they may take out small tetras and the like (mine did). [B]Very cool fish![/B] Will rid your tank of pond snails faster than you thought possible, and can be rough on leafy plants.
I have 8 Yo Yo loaches in a 75 gal tank together with 2 clown loaches. They are just the coolest fish! I love their antics and their energy. When I feed them they come to the top and I can hear the 'clicking' noise they make. Little rough on my plants but not too bad. I am going to take my community fish out of that tank into a 55 gal tank so the loaches can have even more room. They are about 5" now I guess. Excited to be joining this forum!!
This is one of my favorite loaches. I have two of them in my tank, and they are very attractive fish though they are a bit shy. They rarely venture out into the main part of the tank, preferring to stay in their respective hidey-holes between my driftwood and my substrate. To be quite honest, their shy nature and reclusive behavior only makes their rare appearance in the regular fish community that much more interesting to watch. When their temperament is combined with their very attractive appearance, you have a super community aquarium dweller. My two Yoyo Loaches live in a 36 gallon tank that also houses four Blue Rams, a Reticulated Hillstream Loach, a Rubber-Lipped Pleco, a Columbian Pleco (L-165, I believe) two Bronze Corys, two Panda Corys, five Amano Shrimp and ten Glowlight Tetras. This combination of fish is probably the best community tank that I have ever set up, and it will be my first planted tank project. (The reason for the extensive inventory of tank inhabitants is to illustrate some of the many fish (and shrimp!) that are compatible with the Yoyo Loach.)
Bought 2 a couple years ago, but one died. The remaining one is now part of the Clown Loach school, and follows the 3 clowns around. They get along great and even do their circle dances together. Not shy at all, usually stays when the clowns spook and hide. Funny to watch it when feeding, always right in there with the big clowns during the frenzy.
I have 2 Yoyo Loaches along with a bunch of other bottom dwellers, They eat the food alot faster than anything I had to take them out so my other fish could enjoy some blood worms. they are very greedy fish! liked them at first they are nice looking fish. too bad they eat all the food!
I had one Yoyo loach, it was agressive with the corydoras, probably because it was alone. I realized they are best kept in groups of 4 and more. I finally gave it to another fellow aquarist. Keep in mind they get 10cm, and are better in little groups. They eat snail like all loaches. However there are smaller loaches available, tiger loach for instance. The fifth photo is a clown loach.