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I need a loach, but not just any loach

PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:29 am
by 616
Hi people new to the forum and needing some help

I’ve been searching the internet for days looking for a loach that will be happy in a 80x36x50cm tank (144 litres)?
The tank water has a low reading of the various nasties And has a ph of around 7.4 , The tank has a constant tempeture of 20 Celsius and has a 200 litre internal canister filter for the tank fully cycled.

It has a smooth sand substrate with some tough live plants. It also has large smooth cobbles and pebbles with a large piece of driftwood

The tank has 10 x 3 spined sticklebacks, 9 x White Cloud Mountain minnows and 1 x Badis. Which I feed mostly on live food such as brine shrimp, daphnia, glassworms. I also feed frozen daphnia and two types of flake food.

The fish are all getting along great and only the Badis seems to be less confident, but I have read that that is the nature of Badis I believe.

I’d like to keep a single loach that eats at least baby snails, doesn’t attack other fish, won’t outgrow the tank. I’d be willing to keep 3 if I have no option and rehouse some of the sticklebacks

Really appreciate the time people

Oh the flow is moderate,

Re: I need a loach, but not just any loach

PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:12 am
by Diana
I do not know if there are any Loaches small enough to work in that set up, and large enough to eat snails.
Most Loaches are social fish and should be kept in groups.

How about keeping Loaches in another tank and baiting to catch the snails. Then toss the snails into the Loach tank.

Re: I need a loach, but not just any loach

PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:56 am
by 616
Diana wrote:I do not know if there are any Loaches small enough to work in that set up, and large enough to eat snails.
Most Loaches are social fish and should be kept in groups.

How about keeping Loaches in another tank and baiting to catch the snails. Then toss the snails into the Loach tank.


Hello
Thank you so much for the reply. Really appreciate it.

Yeah I thought as much regarding the difficulty of finding something. I think I’ll have to snail trap and go for some small bottom dwellers that don’t eat snails.


Looking forward to learning more about loaches

Re: I need a loach, but not just any loach

PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:55 pm
by Diana
Loaches are a lot of fun, lots of personality. Well worth some research then a special set up to suit the species you want.
Many work fine in a community tank.

Re: I need a loach, but not just any loach

PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 3:09 am
by 616
Thank you Diana

Re: I need a loach, but not just any loach

PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 1:56 pm
by Dojosmama
For those of us in the U.S., what is the U.S. gallon equivalent of 144 litres? And those dimensions in cms -- what would that be in inches? We don't do metric over here ...

Re: I need a loach, but not just any loach

PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 3:04 pm
by nhkg
Use some program, for example google: https://www.google.cz/search?q=144+litr ... 8AfahbioAw

Re: I need a loach, but not just any loach

PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:34 am
by Diana
http://www.onlineconversion.com/

This will convert many measurements.

Here are a few formulas that are pretty easy to use followed by the more accurate formula.
Just for a really quick conversion- use the top formula to get in the ballpark.
then the more accurate conversion- use the lower formula for more accurate conversion.

4 liters = 1 gallon
3.8 liters = 1 gallon

2.5 cm = 1"
2.54 cm = 1"

30 cm = 1'
30.48 cm = 1'