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by MultipleTankSyndrome
Mon Nov 29, 2021 8:56 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Dwarf chain loach catastrophe, and a valuable lesson about quarantine tanks learned
Replies: 0
Views: 54

Dwarf chain loach catastrophe, and a valuable lesson about quarantine tanks learned

A bit of a backstory: my cousin who I live with is not an aquarist and is not especially overjoyed about me being on the level of fishkeeping I am (slightly more in depth explanation can be found at, https://www.monsterfishkeepers.com/forums/threads/setting-up-my-second-loach-tank.743237/#post-83772...
by MultipleTankSyndrome
Sun Nov 28, 2021 9:23 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: What dither fish do you use for your loaches?
Replies: 5
Views: 156

Re: What dither fish do you use for your loaches?

Update on the school of pictus catfish: only day 3 and they seem to be working! I can therefore recommend them to anyone who needs a dither fish for their clown loaches but wants something different from the usual top-midwater schoolers like tetras or tiger barbs. The dwarf chain loaches are conside...
by MultipleTankSyndrome
Sat Nov 27, 2021 8:05 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Black Friday photos!
Replies: 0
Views: 31

Black Friday photos!

Got some great loach deals on Black Friday that I thought I'd share photos of. More pictures will be added once they get more settled and are easier to photograph. Taken from: https://www.monsterfishkeepers.com/forums/threads/something-other-than-clown-loaches.680424/page-5 Dwarf chain loaches (with...
by MultipleTankSyndrome
Fri Nov 26, 2021 8:19 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Are weather loaches really unsuitable for tropical tanks?
Replies: 7
Views: 111

Re: Are weather loaches really unsuitable for tropical tanks?

Just asked the aquarium store. They get their weather loaches from commercial Florida farms, which probably means tropical to near-tropical temperatures year round for those loaches. So, with any luck, they should do well enough in something close to 25 degrees when I get my second 473 liter set up ...
by MultipleTankSyndrome
Thu Nov 25, 2021 1:04 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Are weather loaches really unsuitable for tropical tanks?
Replies: 7
Views: 111

Re: Are weather loaches really unsuitable for tropical tanks?

You're probably right on the danios, mountain minnows, mountain loaches, etc, needing the cooler water since they're from the mountains. I'm really not well versed in their needs just yet :lol: Ultimately, I think your suggestion to find out the source of the weather loaches to get an idea of temper...
by MultipleTankSyndrome
Thu Nov 25, 2021 6:33 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Are weather loaches really unsuitable for tropical tanks?
Replies: 7
Views: 111

Re: Are weather loaches really unsuitable for tropical tanks?

Thank you Bas Pels for some input. I can see why you said weather loaches need summer and winter (since those are the only 2 seasons in subtropical regions, but they are seasons nonetheless and so merit consideration of a seasonal range for subtropical aquarium fish), and I would agree with it, were...
by MultipleTankSyndrome
Wed Nov 24, 2021 1:07 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Are weather loaches really unsuitable for tropical tanks?
Replies: 7
Views: 111

Are weather loaches really unsuitable for tropical tanks?

The reason why I wonder about this is that Loaches Online's very profile for the weather loach, as well as Emma Turner's article on them for Practical Fishkeeping, gives their recommended temperature range as up to 25 degrees. In the wild, Weather loaches live within a surprisingly large temperature...
by MultipleTankSyndrome
Tue Nov 23, 2021 3:28 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: why can’t I get my water crystal clear
Replies: 1
Views: 42

Re: why can’t I get my water crystal clear

What kind of substrate did you use? It's possible your substrate was dusty and all that filtration isn't allowing the silt to settle.

It may also be that you just have a bacterial bloom.

Either way, if you haven't already, putting activated carbon in the filters is advised.
by MultipleTankSyndrome
Sun Nov 21, 2021 8:52 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Staghorn algae and Sewellia
Replies: 2
Views: 90

Re: Staghorn algae and Sewellia

You won't believe this, but I went to Big Al's yesterday and they had some hillstream loaches (species not specified) eating what looked very much like staghorn algae! Seems like yours aren't alone. Of course, every fish has different tastes (just like people), so others' hillstreams may not like it...
by MultipleTankSyndrome
Wed Nov 17, 2021 12:41 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Rehome my small shoal - Seattle area
Replies: 3
Views: 131

Re: Rehome my small shoal - Seattle area

If you don't have good luck there, you could try AquaBid too. No experience with it myself but it's pretty popular.
by MultipleTankSyndrome
Tue Nov 16, 2021 6:44 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Clown loaches with kuhli loaches - is it really a bad mix?
Replies: 0
Views: 65

Clown loaches with kuhli loaches - is it really a bad mix?

This mix has been so often not-recommended here on Loaches Online before, due to supposedly differing requirements in flow. For example: https://forums.loaches.com/viewtopic.php?t=5279 Unfortunately, that's going to be a far from ideal mix. *snip*. Clown loaches prefer much more current to that of k...
by MultipleTankSyndrome
Mon Nov 15, 2021 8:46 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: What dither fish do you use for your loaches?
Replies: 5
Views: 156

Re: What dither fish do you use for your loaches?

For what it's worth, I think the tiger barb/clown loach combo works so well because of the fact that they are more or less identical in terms of color and both have a complex social hierarchy with fiesty behavior towards their own kind. That makes me wonder how well tiger barbs will act as dithers f...
by MultipleTankSyndrome
Sun Nov 14, 2021 6:59 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: What dither fish do you use for your loaches?
Replies: 5
Views: 156

What dither fish do you use for your loaches?

The purpose of this thread is to list some effective dithers for the benefit of everyone here. Dithers I plan on using are a school of pictus catfish for my clown loach tank, and roseline sharks, a red tail shark, and either silver dollars or tiger barbs for my mixed loach tank. Effectiveness of eac...
by MultipleTankSyndrome
Sun Nov 14, 2021 4:24 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Clown Loaches Not Eating
Replies: 6
Views: 178

Re: Clown Loaches Not Eating

Agreed on the less maintenance.
Some more bonuses of a greater amount of smaller males that you should know are more space for every fish in the tank, and more colorful clown loaches. Just about every male keeps its bright juvenile colors, but some females get rather washed out with age.
by MultipleTankSyndrome
Sun Nov 14, 2021 3:10 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Clown Loaches Not Eating
Replies: 6
Views: 178

Re: Clown Loaches Not Eating

Thanks for that tip about the AqAdvisor result. I wonder what the criteria for intermediate/advanced are according to them? Happy I could help. I think the intermediate/advanced criteria has to do with how much tank maintenance (replacing water, cleaning filters, etc) a fishkeeper might have experi...