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Old 04-20-2013, 02:16 AM   #1
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hillstream loach compatible with shrimp


Ok so major impulse buy today the crappy lfs i stopped in to get some supplies just got in some hillstream loaches and i just couldnt resist but as of right now all i have is tanks setup for breeding shrimp i threw it in with my cherry/pfr tank but dont want it snacking on my babies. Has anyone ever kept them together and had success?
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Old 04-20-2013, 03:14 AM   #2
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I have two varieties of hillstream loaches with my fire reds. I had kept them with my Tangerine tigers and Rilis before without casualty. They generally keep to themselves and stay in packs.
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Old 04-20-2013, 03:44 AM   #3
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cool thats what i wanted to hear. yea i knew they did better in groups ill pick up a couple more in a few days if they still have any
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Mine were a sort of a rescue purchase as they came from a LFS which had a terrible fire. they were one of the few species of cold water fish which survived so i purchased the survivors and rehomed most with local hobbyists. They are definitely peaceful albeit nervous fish...
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Old 04-20-2013, 04:06 AM   #5
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i have 2 and they try to stay as far away from each other as they can in the 55.
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Yeah i knew they were finicky fish but i thought i read they should be kept in groups of three or more. (my info could be wrong all i know about them is what i read a few years ago when i worked at the lfs I was in charge of the fish and reptile department and did reasearch and my employes on care for every fish and reptile before i ordered species we dont keep often)
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@mcclure91, here's a great article by Martin Thoene, http://www.loaches.com/articles/hill...-the-fast-lane

I've had similar experience's as wicca27, mine would stake out their own territories.
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Old 04-20-2013, 06:49 PM   #8
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Keep something in mind if you are putting these fish in a rimless tank......

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I've never had a problem keeping my hillstreams with shrimp.
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Old 04-21-2013, 12:13 AM   #10
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mine is in a standard 20 gallon high but i dont run tops so hopefully they wont climb out
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I've had mine in a rimless tank for a little over a month now. No issues with the shrimp at all. He keeps to himself in the dark behind a rock. Never had a climbing issue either. Keep in mind though that they prefer HEAVY water movement. That may not mix well with your shrimp. But as I said, mine is in with my shrimp and he just stays near the outflow of the filter so all is well.
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