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Does anyone have sumo loaches? I have one and I think it is attacking my other fish. He is the only sumo and has plenty of hiding spots but I have occasionally had injured fish: one guppy looked like it had a bite taken from it's belly and both my cories have had eye injuries (the guppy died and the cories recovered just fine when I moved them to another tank). Is this likely my sumo or do I have another kind of problem?

My fish:
1 sumo loach
5 gertrudae
1 whitecloud
1 brilliant rasbora (who is missing an eye)
1 male guppy
(the whitecloud, rasbora, and guppy are remnants of other schools/groups I have had)
 

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Here is what I read about them

As with other species of Schistura, this is a territorial species that should be provided with numerous hiding places amongst bogwood, plants, rocky caves and cobbles. When keeping more than one specimen it is important to create visual barriers between each hiding place. Although quite a shy species, it can be nippy towards it's own kind (or other Nemacheiline loaches) when defending its territory.
Ideally, these loaches should be provided with brook/hillstream aquarium conditions incorporating a high flow rate and well oxygenated water - please see Hillstream Loaches: The Specialists at Life in the Fast Lane for a more detailed explanation.
 

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Here is what I read about them

As with other species of Schistura, this is a territorial species that should be provided with numerous hiding places amongst bogwood, plants, rocky caves and cobbles. When keeping more than one specimen it is important to create visual barriers between each hiding place. Although quite a shy species, it can be nippy towards it's own kind (or other Nemacheiline loaches) when defending its territory.
Ideally, these loaches should be provided with brook/hillstream aquarium conditions incorporating a high flow rate and well oxygenated water - please see Hillstream Loaches: The Specialists at Life in the Fast Lane for a more detailed explanation.
Thanks. I read that along with other information before I bought him almost 2 years ago and do have proper conditions for him. I couldn't find any info about them being aggressive towards other fish though, so I decided to pick the collective brain here on the forum.
 

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My experience with Schistura species is they will beat up most timid bottom dweller's. The only bottom dwellers I've had a success keeping with them have been botias and plecos. I never seen any marks on either.

How big is the tank?
 

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My experience with Schistura species is they will beat up most timid bottom dweller's. The only bottom dwellers I've had a success keeping with them have been botias and plecos. I never seen any marks on either.

How big is the tank?
12 gal. I have a piece of driftwood that has quite a few nooks and crannies, some are hidden behind plants, so he has plenty of places to hide. There have been times when I don't see him for a week or more. He really is one of my favorite fish. I love the way he kind of skips around the bottom and will occasionally even come up to the glass if I softly tap on it.
 
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