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by Lotus
Sun Oct 22, 2006 4:02 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Dojo gravid or sick?
Replies: 13
Views: 2954

Thanks for the help. I had considered some kind of growth/tumor, but the swelling is completely symmetrical. Of course, that doesn't rule it out.

I'll see what happens in a week, or post if there's any change in the meantime. At least he doesn't seem to be in any distress so far.
by Lotus
Sun Oct 22, 2006 3:34 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Dojo gravid or sick?
Replies: 13
Views: 2954

I'll try frozen only for a week, and see if it helps. I have frozen brine shrimp and bloodworms. I'll use the brine shrimp, as I hear that bloodworms can cause constipation. Unfortunately, there's no live food available where I am. While there have been no new fish added in more than 6 months, is it...
by Lotus
Sun Oct 22, 2006 3:25 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Dojo gravid or sick?
Replies: 13
Views: 2954

As far as I know, it appeared within the last week or so. I just noticed it yesterday, but I don't think it has been there for weeks or months, more like days. As for spinal injury, I guess it's possible. He is swimming fine, and doesn't seem to have a problem bending at all. He's eating fine, too. ...
by Lotus
Sun Oct 22, 2006 2:33 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Dojo gravid or sick?
Replies: 13
Views: 2954

Here's a pic of him. The black thing is a reflection of a phone, it's not in the tank.

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by Lotus
Sat Oct 21, 2006 8:09 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Dojo gravid or sick?
Replies: 13
Views: 2954

I guess this isn't the answer I wanted to have to give, as it looks like it's a male. The first ray does look longer, and I just saw him resting on them. So, any ideas on what this could be? Should I withold food for a few days to see if it's an intestinal blockage? To be honest, I'm not familiar en...
by Lotus
Sat Oct 21, 2006 7:47 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Dojo gravid or sick?
Replies: 13
Views: 2954

Dojo gravid or sick?

One of my dojos has developed a swelling around the pelvic fins. It almost looks like it swallowed a marble. I did a search, but couldn't find pictures of a gravid dojo. If anyone could point me to one, or let me know if my description fits a gravid dojo or not, I'd appreciate it. If it's not gravid...
by Lotus
Fri Jul 07, 2006 10:43 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Loach food - wow, they LOVE this
Replies: 11
Views: 3841

I've ordered from them before. Service was very good. I got some bulk flake food from them, and my fish haven't complained. They even threw in a sample of spirulina or veggie flakes.

They also have good prices on heaters and sponge filters, too.
by Lotus
Sat Jun 03, 2006 2:36 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Beastie's holiday
Replies: 2
Views: 1428

I ended up siliconing some of the openings on my "stump" ornament, as the loaches were getting in there, and wouldn't come out easily. I was worried, so I made sure they couldn't get in there anymore. They found new, safe hiding spaces. I have noticed that my loach cave is now too small for them all...
by Lotus
Sat Jun 03, 2006 2:30 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: $20 for kubotai aka angelicus at Petsmart?
Replies: 6
Views: 2515

I've found them to be fairly robust fish. I don't think I've ever lost one. They are wonderful loaches, IMO. Mine are playful, and occasionally play tag with my angels or other fish in the tank.

IMO, it's more important to get good healthy fish than to save a couple of bucks.
by Lotus
Sun Apr 23, 2006 1:11 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Algae eater for clown tank?
Replies: 8
Views: 2491

The last time I tried a mystery snail in a loach tank, it didn't work. The loaches nipped off the eye stalks and feelers, and the snail died a miserable death. This was with some small 2" yoyo loaches, and the snail was about 1" diameter.
by Lotus
Sat Apr 22, 2006 10:07 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Algae eater for clown tank?
Replies: 8
Views: 2491

Otos (Otocinclus) make great little cleaners, and are left alone by loaches. They only get to 2" max. They tend to eat the slimey types of algae, mostly brown algae, but will also eat that slime that sometimes forms in a tank. They're cute little guys, and do best when not alone (a buddy or two is a...
by Lotus
Sat Apr 22, 2006 9:29 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: In The Pink
Replies: 15
Views: 5052

It looks a little like Pangio pangia (cinnamon loach). For some reason it doesn't look like the anguillaris I have, but I may have misidentified mine.
by Lotus
Sun Apr 02, 2006 6:23 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Clown loach's color
Replies: 16
Views: 7960

We tend to choose the "oddball" markings. I have several with the spot, and some with the saddle. Mine are incredibly deep bodied, although they weren't when I bought them (but they weren't especiall skinny, either). I would have thought pattern was entirely determined genetically, but growth rates ...
by Lotus
Sat Mar 25, 2006 11:00 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Botia kubotai
Replies: 18
Views: 5268

I've also used CopperSafe sucessfully with loaches several times. It's the only thing that has worked consistently for me. I always make sure to calculate tank size taking into account gravel and decorations. I also add 1/4 dose every 4 hours and check on the fish during that time. If I'm going to b...
by Lotus
Tue Mar 14, 2006 10:57 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Chinese weatherfish
Replies: 33
Views: 8054

Just FYI, I have read several places that say one of the problems with ponds is that birds (or other predators) can pick up the fish, then later drop them over another body of water.

I guess it's better to be safe than sorry.