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by NancyD
Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Loach breeder on you tube
Replies: 2
Views: 43

Re: Loach breeder on you tube

You should check out Mark Duffil's (Mad Duff here on LOL) loachfanatics site on facebook. He's bred several (many) species of loaches, no "stripping" just the natural method.
by NancyD
Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: have i made a mistake?
Replies: 5
Views: 91

Re: have i made a mistake?

I'm not sure I'd trust yoyos with cardinal tetras. I haven't kept yoyos but 6-8 inch fish can eat 2 inch 1s. Maybe add to your danios & rainbowfish...& maybe another loach or 2. They all do better in groups. Have at least 3 hiding places (wood, rocks etc) for the loaches. It will help them feel secu...
by NancyD
Thu Jan 02, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Oldest Clown Loach now 26 years old
Replies: 4
Views: 124

Re: Oldest Clown Loach now 26 years old

Happy Birthday to Anthia & all your clowns! I look forward each year to your New Year update on them. Congrats to you all!
by NancyD
Mon Dec 30, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: How old are pakistans?
Replies: 3
Views: 81

Re: How old are pakistans?

From what I can tell your yoyo loaches are almost fully grown. They can grow to 6 inches But I'm not great on cms/inches, lol. What size is your tank? That & how they were kept before you acquired them can make a difference...Did you ever treat them for internal parasites? They're not uncommom in lo...
by NancyD
Tue Dec 24, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Panda loach / Yaoshania pachychilus
Replies: 32
Views: 17441

Re: Panda loach / Yaoshania pachychilus

Thanks Charles, I did get your pm with an email notification of that but no confirmation that I replied. I did send you my email. Thank you for any information you think I can use & understand. As always your insights are very helpful.

Happy winter holidays in whatever way you may observe them.
by NancyD
Sat Dec 21, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Panda loach / Yaoshania pachychilus
Replies: 32
Views: 17441

Re: Panda loach / Yaoshania pachychilus

I'm not much of a facebooker but I do loach fanatics, my plant club (sort of, when the main site was down) & a very few relatives. My settings are on paranoid, lol. If I don't know you already I won't "friend you". I visit maybe once/week. You are 1 of the reasons I stick around here at all. I check...
by NancyD
Fri Dec 20, 2019 11:59 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Panda loach / Yaoshania pachychilus
Replies: 32
Views: 17441

Re: Panda loach / Yaoshania pachychilus

Charles, I always appreciate your input, as do many of us. Unfortunately this site is dying (sniff). It's very sad to see. I hope you'll join some of us at facebook loach fanatics...or maybe you have?? You have some very good insights I hope you'll continue to share. We need informed people like you...
by NancyD
Tue Dec 17, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: red spoted loach and kuhlies
Replies: 4
Views: 849

Re: red spoted loach and kuhlies

I'm not sure what red spotted loaches might be. Common names are hard to identify as a species.

Can you post a pic? You'll likely have to upload it to a hosting site, this site has an older format.
by NancyD
Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: PH Problem (too alkaline)
Replies: 26
Views: 2040

Re: PH Problem (too alkaline)

That's great, Jim! It sounds like you may have seasonal well water issues that are better for fish in the wet season. Could be it's diluting whatever it was there before...10-40 ppm nitrate is a big swing too. Again, it could be seasonal & your plants help too. I have medium to heavily planted tanks...
by NancyD
Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Live plants with loaches
Replies: 5
Views: 808

Re: Live plants with loaches

Wow! That was a great tank, Erik! Bob, I'd go with java ferns & anubias on rocks or wood. I'm not a moss fan, too invasive. I had trouble with clowns especially with swords a crypts. I haven't kept dojos, I think they're not big veggie fans (other than peas) or leaf botherers, but more diggers in a ...
by NancyD
Sat Oct 19, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Weather loach tankmates
Replies: 3
Views: 501

Re: Weather loach tankmates

Maybe think about rosy barbs or denisonii barbs as tankmates. Like Bas Pels said sewellia are not the best choice.
by NancyD
Sat Oct 12, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: PH Problem (too alkaline)
Replies: 26
Views: 2040

Re: PH Problem (too alkaline)

High pH is often associated with high GH. I forget, have you tested for GH & KH? Nitrate? Java fern & vals like hard water, I don't think moss cares. Like Molly said KH could be any amount but 3 or 4 gdh of KH help to buffer the water (hold pH steady). Just to repeat, you want to avoid a roller coas...
by NancyD
Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: PH Problem (too alkaline)
Replies: 26
Views: 2040

Re: PH Problem (too alkaline)

Well, the shells, coral & calcium substrate may be adding to your high pH (+ GH) troubles now. You can't just say it was fine 2 years ago, there can be a cumulative effect especially since you've moved...I do understand, we used Lake MI limestone rocks for years but it was a long time before we knew...
by NancyD
Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: PH Problem (too alkaline)
Replies: 26
Views: 2040

Re: PH Problem (too alkaline)

I agree with Bas, there's no telling what your castle or rocks are made of. That white lumpy rock is concerning...The castle also might trap detritus leading to anaerobic pockets...those might cause trouble as well.

I like all your plants! & your kuhli looks fat & healthy...but something is wrong...
by NancyD
Sat Oct 05, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: PH Problem (too alkaline)
Replies: 26
Views: 2040

Re: PH Problem (too alkaline)

Well, I lived in N. DE 20 years ago, so I understand the limestone thing...by memory of that time...we were on city water then...not well water. Fish can adapt to a wide range of pH variables over time, but I find it disturbing that it's both your hard water, high pH guppies & your soft water, lower...