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by NancyD
Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Mysterious Myers deaths
Replies: 2
Views: 21

Re: Mysterious Myers deaths

New loaches can have trouble adapting from shipping & to your tank. It can be from stress, disease, parasites, different foods or water parameters. It's hard to say. Did you see them eat? What signs did they display? What was their shipping or lfs water vs your tank & tap water? Red streaks? White s...
by NancyD
Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Hillstream loaches & plecos.
Replies: 4
Views: 17

Re: Hillstream loaches & plecos.

Any time you have fish twice the size of others there can be problems. Especially if they like similar foods. A 4+ inch fish eats more than twice as much as a 2 inch fish.

I keep both my BN pleco & hillstream loaches in unheated tanks here in warm-ish California... but not together.
by NancyD
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: chewed up sewellia fins
Replies: 0
Views: 9

chewed up sewellia fins

I did a major weeding of my "riverish" tank yesterday & saw 1 of the male sewellia's fins are pretty chewed. I have them with leopard danios, gastromyzons & a stiphodon goby. The danios compete for food but I've never seen them nip at the loaches. The sewellias do scuffle at times, usually males cha...
by NancyD
Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: HELP Clown Loaches not eating
Replies: 2
Views: 32

Re: HELP Clown Loaches not eating

A very good post by redshark! I would like to see the test results for ammonia, nitrite & nitrate. Stressed out fish will not likely eat well if at all.

Often LFS will test your tank water for free if you don't have an API kit yet. Try to get actual numbers, not just ok.
by NancyD
Sun Sep 16, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: So Much For the Fishless Cycle
Replies: 27
Views: 670

Re: So Much For the Fishless Cycle

You know, I prefer a BN pleco to otocinclus. They're much hardier than the often times delicate otos & big enough not to be a big fish snack. I have a L144 pleco female. She's a pretty gold color & seems to do her "job" of eating algae...& gets some leftover food too. I like regular brown BNs but am...
by NancyD
Sun Sep 16, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: So Much For the Fishless Cycle
Replies: 27
Views: 670

Re: So Much For the Fishless Cycle

So how are thing coming Fran? I've lost track of which thread is the current 1...but I want to know...
by NancyD
Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Black Algae
Replies: 5
Views: 124

Re: Black Algae

Black beard algae IS an alga (a so called "red" alga); it's cyanobacteria that's not. It can be confusing: BBA vs BGA (blue green "alga" is really a bacteria). Almost no fish eat BGA,; a few will graze on BBA, but not enough to remove it all. The causes of both are difficult to pinpoint with any cer...
by NancyD
Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:06 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: PHOTOS
Replies: 331
Views: 6988

Re: PHOTOS

I think Mr. Slim is much more filled out, he looks great! & Ms. Not So Slim looks fine too. Clowns live a long time, they may or may not grow at the same rate; gender? stunting? water quality? parasites? It's hard to say. We do the best we can for our fish as we can & know better. You're doing fine!...
by NancyD
Sun Sep 09, 2018 12:33 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: PHOTOS
Replies: 331
Views: 6988

Re: PHOTOS

Your tank & fish look great, Fran! Clowns can be slow to adjust to a new tank. I bet it's more with just the 2. It's only been 3+ weeks, give them some time...
by NancyD
Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: So Much For the Fishless Cycle
Replies: 27
Views: 670

Re: So Much For the Fishless Cycle

So, it's been 3 weeks or so...how are things going now, Fran?
by NancyD
Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: 2 Clowns, New Home, Greying Out
Replies: 22
Views: 423

Re: 2 Clowns, New Home, Greying Out

Give them some time to adjust, Fran. You know you need a few more & couple hiding spots.

I'm not a fan of loach/cichlid tanks; different continents, different territory needs...I thought your silver dollars were enough for this tank, beside more loaches, of course.
by NancyD
Sat Aug 18, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Clown loach laying eggs
Replies: 21
Views: 597

Re: Clown loach laying eggs

I've had several females of several species look to be carrying eggs. It doesn't seem to harm them to be so full of eggs, except they are often slower swimming (think chubby jogger, lol). My females were often the "alpha" fish in their species group(s). Your fatter loach should be fine.
by NancyD
Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Clown loach laying eggs
Replies: 21
Views: 597

Re: Clown loach laying eggs

Hey Fran, I'm thinking your pudgy clown might be female. They are usually both "taller" & wider than slimmer males. I agree with redshark, females often carry eggs & males probably "can" fertilize them...with the right environment cues...whatever those may be. But we as hobbyists hopefully can find ...
by NancyD
Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Sand substrate opinions and particle size question
Replies: 3
Views: 138

Re: Sand substrate opinions and particle size question

Oh, yeah, MDF won't be a long term stand...a friend built a lovely oak stand for our 5ft 110g/ 120g...right before we moved to CA...We're not sure how long we can stay here, so we've never set it up. It was supposed to be a discus tank...but I no longer have the impetus to make it happen. Yes! Do th...
by NancyD
Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Sand substrate opinions and particle size question
Replies: 3
Views: 138

Re: Sand substrate opinions and particle size question

The first 2 look to be about the size of pool filter sand, fine for loaches but does move around some. I prefer the Sunset Gold color, pool sand is pretty much white & shows everything. I have had pool sand in several tanks as a "budget minded" substrate but wish it wasn't so light in color. I love ...