it is always recommended to keep loaches in groups of 3-5 or more... my ? is, can you mix species to get to this number?
ie: 1 small (and slow growing.. lol) clown loach,
1 striata loach
2 kubotai loach
does this equal 4?
i know this works for my rainbows, swords, and tetras... as long as they are of the same body "shape" (ie cardinal and albino tetras good together, but buenos aries tetras are different shape)... my understanding it has more to do with shape and size for schooling/shoaling than it does color pattern??
any thoughts are welcome, thanks!
With Loaches it is same species. While Loaches can strike up a friendship with other species, it really is not the same thing as the social benefits of having several of the same species together.
My Clowns and Yoyos never really interacted when they were in the same tank.
Among many of the small schooling fish like Tetras, Barbs, Rasboras... it is a combination of shape, behavior and color, and each species may respond a little more or a little less to each of these cues. Most of them have a strong drive to stay in a group, and for many it is 'any port in a storm'. They will school with any other fish in the tank that seems at all similar.
Happy fish keeping!
Gary's right though, wkjester204- clowns definitely need other clowns for optimal enjoyment. I can attest to the fact that 5 should be the minimum, as their behavior becomes radically more interesting when that magic number is met or exceeded!
Who is online
Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot], Google [Bot] and 34 guests