I've got a 450L tropical freshwater tank that has been setup for about a year, with a wide variety of species (including about 25+ Cory cats, which have been breeding like rabbits).
Late last night (like 2am), after the lights had been off for hours and I was sitting in the almost-dark room working on my computer, I spotted a very weird eel-like fish swimming near the glass. I'd never seen anything like it in the tank before, and just managed to get a couple of seconds of video on my cellphone before it disappeared again. Video is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAOCXxr9NPI
With a bit of Google-sleuthing, I think I've ID'd it as a Java Kuhli Loach (http://www.animal-world.com/encyclo/fre ... aLoach.php)
- What do you guys think? Is it a Java Loach?
- And how the heck did it get in there? Like I said, the tank has been setup and going for a year, I've never see it before, and I've never purchased any Java Loaches - the closest is two Zebra Loaches (which are both alive and well)
- The only thing I can think of is that the tank's previous owner may have had them, and it somehow survived the draining, 2 hours out of the water in the moist bag I used to bring over the one decent sized Java Fern I kept from the past setup, 3 days in a bucket with the Java Fern while I setup the tank, and has been hiding in there somewhere for the last year... Are they egg bearing? Could it have survived as an egg?
- Where do these loaches typically hide? I've got a huge range of potential spots, including a large pile of smooth flat river stones. Other than that - there are lots of plants, logs and large rocks.
It could have survived in the Java plants.
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OH! And they can tell you when the weather is about to get ugly! They swim in groups in large circles up and down the tank when atmospheric conditions rapidly change. It's what I call "The loachy dance"
I agree that he must have survived in the moist bag... I've read several stories about how some will jump from the tank, appear dead, but that you should always throw them back in the tank because they might still have a chance to make it!
I hope you're going to covert into a loachaholic like many of us are!?
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