Forget about this. They apparently don't like too much flow.Loachloach wrote:What type of rasboras do you keep with clown loaches? I would love some boraras brigattae/mosquito rasbora buy they maybe too small for them?
Also, how many should I get, would around 10-12 suffice?
However, a few of the tips above have led me to a few suggestions that might help them come out with a bit more confidence. Thanks.
One thing that no one seems to have mentioned is the moonlight effect neons. I thought that this might be my next step. Any thoughts?
My two small clowns have been out and about for several days now, playing together on their own and even during the water change today. The three bigger clowns would just join individually from time to time, seldom five of them are out together but the two small ones are particularly not that shy. I thought they were hungrier, that's why they are out more than the others but they stay out playing a lot as well. The two biggest are the ones that come out the least. I am wondering why is that? I also don't know which one is the alpha of the two, there's no bullying during feeding time at all and and I am not sure what signs to look out for? Certainly one of the bigger ones is the alpha, because they are the ones that fought a few times. The bigger of the two that I can't even take a picture of( I think it's over 4 inches), comes out rarely. Would the alpha be the one that stays inside the most maybe or is this clown just too skittish?
If you've kept livebearers you know how they bunch up to the glass and top of the tank begging for food everytime you pass by. Well, the clown loaches started doing the same. They see the platies bunching up and they come to check out what the fuss is about. Seems it makes them more outgoing and they come out with the lights on, chilling at the front of the tank or in between the plants or on a stone. They come out solo a lot too browsing around not being that skittish of when I approach.
I also added a couple of DIY pipes a week ago made from an old siphon and siliconed sand but these quickly became the favourite hiding places for the platies and corys instead. I suppose it helps the clowns feel comfortable too as I saw them swimming through them. I even got my filter flow sorted so the floating plants stopped committing suicide inside the filter intakes.
They even started coming out during water change copying the bunching platies being less afraid of me too. They've got a long way to go yet to eat from my hand but it's a big progress.
So here is a video of a solo clown I accidentally caught playing.
And a picture of 4 of them chilling during the day.
My corys adoring their new hiding places:
Not a great picture, but these are my new fish:
I recently bought some "cichlid stones" that are made like hollow rock caves and look really nice. They are made out of a pottery material but not shiny at all, like pottery would be. They have a rough exterior surface and blend in quite well with a natural aquarium. Plus they come in a variety of sizes with big enough, safe openings. Like Starsplitter, I have had some almost- tragedies with unsafe aquarium decor where the big, ft fish got stuck.
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