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by Bas Pels
Wed Jul 09, 2014 2:43 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Loaches easily spooked? Remedy suggested here.
Replies: 6
Views: 2679

Re: Loaches easily spooked? Remedy suggested here.

I'm a bit surprized about the amazement of this solution. All my tanks have painted back windows and side windows. This is much easier then covering the whole back with some cnstruction which replaces lost of water

Because the more shelter fish have, the less scared they are.
by Bas Pels
Tue Jul 01, 2014 2:51 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: The perfect clown loach tank mates.
Replies: 18
Views: 9295

Re: The perfect clown loach tank mates.

Lately, i been day dreaming about rays and really becoming interested in them. I was wondering if you think clowns -along with other tropical fishes - of a large enough size not to be eaten - could handle FW rays if the tank was around 500 - 600g?? Or would it end in disaster - and if so, who would...
by Bas Pels
Tue Jul 01, 2014 2:50 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: The perfect clown loach tank mates.
Replies: 18
Views: 9295

Re: The perfect clown loach tank mates.

However, you are presenting Ph as the only important measurement. For example chocolate gouramis which come from Sumatra and Borneo require very low ph of 4-5.5 but require Gh>8 and that combination is very hard to achieve in a fish tank. Can we presume clown loaches require the same? Here is the s...
by Bas Pels
Mon Jun 30, 2014 3:26 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: The perfect clown loach tank mates.
Replies: 18
Views: 9295

Re: The perfect clown loach tank mates.

As you quoited, the maculatus likes it on the soft side Where did I quote anything about maculatus? They can live in a range of 10-30 dGh. You call that soft side? I have no idea what type of hybrids my platies are. I've had mine for generations. What I said is mine have been thriving in the condit...
by Bas Pels
Mon Jun 30, 2014 3:22 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: The perfect clown loach tank mates.
Replies: 18
Views: 9295

Re: The perfect clown loach tank mates.

@ Chemistry, not only did I graduate in Chemistry, but I even kept fishes while a student. From the above, I can see you did not. Firstly, there is an equyilibrium H2O <-> H and HO. To be exactly, 1 out of every 10 to the power of 14 molecules fall apart @ 25 C. So a given quantity can not contain 1...
by Bas Pels
Sun Jun 29, 2014 1:37 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: The perfect clown loach tank mates.
Replies: 18
Views: 9295

Re: The perfect clown loach tank mates.

If you are offended, then please look into the mirror for the source. I did not write anything offending, but you took my words wrongly. If you want to weigh them carefully, start with reading carefully. I wrote platys might like it a little bit cooler. X maculatus, in the Original form, are to be k...
by Bas Pels
Sat Jun 28, 2014 3:29 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: The perfect clown loach tank mates.
Replies: 18
Views: 9295

Re: The perfect clown loach tank mates.

Perhaps a bit moralistic, but one might wonder whether we should take fish out of their natural habitat, put them into a tank, in circumstances which are not only not ideal, but even less ideal then possible. I think we should not. I think both a dog, and a fish are entitled to at least the best car...
by Bas Pels
Sat Jun 28, 2014 3:51 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: The perfect clown loach tank mates.
Replies: 18
Views: 9295

Re: The perfect clown loach tank mates.

Clown loaches prefer their waster to be warm, and soft Platys like it hard, and it may be a little bit cooler. As far as I kinow - I know next to nothing about rainbows, most rainbows also come from harder water So these two species would not ber my preferred combination. I'm thinking of a Sumatra t...
by Bas Pels
Tue Jun 17, 2014 2:39 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Clown Loach Tank Size
Replies: 11
Views: 5301

Re: Clown Loach Tank Size

I honestly think nearly no one has given them that benefit and the fish are actually still suffering in a 6x2x2 tanks when reached adult size. I am considering turning my 4 meters * 1 meter * 70 cm - that is slghtly more than 13 feet long - into a tank for clown loaches. In my view a 6*2*2 tank is ...
by Bas Pels
Mon Jun 16, 2014 2:33 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Clown Loach Tank Size
Replies: 11
Views: 5301

Re: Clown Loach Tank Size

Now who has tried this same tactic with clown loaches that remain fry for years so to speak? I think the size of the tank doesn't have much to do with growth rates. It's to do with overfeeding, overfiltering and massive water changes for the period of time they are in fast growing stage e.g "fry" s...
by Bas Pels
Thu Apr 03, 2014 2:39 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Kuhli in small tank
Replies: 13
Views: 6350

Re: Kuhli in small tank

I think beginners should start with a tank suitable for some 40 fishes. Sometimes 100 liters would suffice, but if anyone would have a tank with Clownbotia, the tank ought to be mch bigger. And if the fish are central American cichliuds, 500 l would not suffice. Still, don't keep too large groups of...
by Bas Pels
Sun Feb 02, 2014 3:56 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Caring for 5 SUPER TINY Clowns - HELP!
Replies: 49
Views: 17011

Re: Caring for 5 SUPER TINY Clowns - HELP!

Fro0m what size could one seks these macracanthus?
by Bas Pels
Sun Jan 26, 2014 4:50 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: What about Botia almorhae and striata in the same tank ?
Replies: 3
Views: 1635

Re: What about Botia almorhae and striata in the same tank ?

Why not increase the group of B striata?

B almorhae will behave more or less similar, and therefore your tank will become a bit messy - groups of nit similar fish are not really nice to watch
by Bas Pels
Sat Jan 25, 2014 3:51 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Couple Kuhli loach questions
Replies: 3
Views: 1898

Re: Couple Kuhli loach questions

@ temperature, please realize that the equator runs over Sumatra, and kuhli loaches are fish for easily flowing water. That is, het lowland rivers. Equator & sea level = around 30 C. 30 C ~ 84 F. Many tropical fishes come from higher uphill, and therefore require less heat. With regard to the open t...
by Bas Pels
Wed Jan 22, 2014 3:14 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: some loaches from Yunnan and please ID some of them
Replies: 3
Views: 2007

Re: some loaches from Yunnan and please ID some of them

I've had a fish rather similar to the last picture sold as Acantocobitis botia

I'm not saying your fish is the same, but it might help

The fish on the earlier pictures seamed to be rather thin - is it a new import?