A few days ago I bought a loach from my LFS. The shop owner didn't even know how it got in the shop. Uploaded are some photos I took of the loach. Could anyone help with identifying this loach? I will note that in the LFS, it sat around a lot but occasionally hid in a piece of wood. In my tank, the loach mostly hides (I don't know how, and I cannot find where) but on the first day I got it, the loach was "hovering" around the tank which seemed unusual.
110 liter - green neon/cardinal tetras, planned dwarf loaches
473 liter (planned) - Burmese/weather/yoyo/zebra/striped kuhli loaches, red tail/roseline sharks, pink tail chalceus
Hello, thanks for the reply. I thought it could be a sun loach as well, but the fins are not red. Not sure if this could be due to stress from moving tanks. I'll keep an eye on it and see if the colour returns.MultipleTankSyndrome wrote: ↑Tue Dec 07, 2021 6:36 amWelcome to Loaches Online crdguy! That looks like a sun loach to me, you can compare it to the Loaches Online picture of a sun loach.
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Hello redshark1, thanks for the reply.redshark1 wrote: ↑Tue Dec 07, 2021 9:44 amThe hovering you mention is I believe a sign of stress. Small Clown Loaches do it when first introduced. Not to be too down on your purchase but I feel obliged to offer the following. The loach you have purchased is a nocturnal species that you are unlikely to see often (especially as a social animal kept singly). I would warn that having an aggressive nocturnal fish can be very disruptive to diurnal tank inhabitants so watch out for this as you might otherwise be totally unaware of what your other fish are having to put up with at night.
I've been trying to watch the loach for a while and I have found he hides in a decoration for the whole day, not even coming out at feeding time. I have however spotted him coming out very rarely, mostly at night.
It seems like a sad life for the fish. I could remove the decoration he hides in, but that probably wouldn't help him settle in. I could give him back to the aquarium store, but I worry he will end up in the same situation again in another tank.
Otherwise, I haven't noticed any bites on my loaches and other fish although I do have no idea what the loach gets up to at night. It does worry me though that he could be stressing out the other fish.
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