'Spot' the clown loach has been with me since 2005. He goes from periods of gaining a little weight and losing it back.
I have been puzzled to figure out why he has troubles retaining weight. He is in the group with other 6 loaches that have outgrown him over the years. He is active, not too shy, eats bloodworms off my hand and never misses cucumber snack. Looks like Spot is back on losing streak again, and I am hoping to finally find the answer. I am not best with taking pictures, please let me know if you have any comments or advice. Thanks in advance!
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Can parasites live for 8 years without killing the host? I have no idea. But if this is the case, you will only help your loaches by treating them.
If you can determine with certainty that it is a bullying issue, there are a number of things you can do including adding food in different parts of the tank and separating the fish in question.
I will let you know how it goes. I currently have just one tank, so no equipment being shared. Also, only "new" addition was school of torpedo barbs from about a year ago.
Should I try any additional work medication? I have various Angels Plus Deworming and Antibiotic flakes. Thanks!
Edit: Oh here I just found it: http://forums.loaches.com/viewtopic.php ... se#p178155
I did that and the few loaches that were showing signs of skinny recovered and the others never came down with any signs of it.
Something else, I started feeding my clowns Hikari sinking carnivore pellets more often after the treatment and they all packed on a bunch of weight. I keep that as a staple in their diet now. They love them.
Good luck - nice looking loach you have there! I love the oddballs.
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