I will be setting up either a 55 gallon or a 30 gallon in the near future, and I want to see what my loach options are. I really like clown loaches due to their fascinating behaviors and group dynamics, but from what I've read they would soon outgrow the 55g and it would be hard to gauge at what point the tank is stunting them and they begin to release their stunting hormones (please correct me if I could safely house them for longer than a year).
So essentially the clown loach is my blueprint. What other loaches display similar behaviors and are just as fun? I've read extensively on kuhli, dojo, and yoyo loaches (but I'm certainly open to other types of loaches) and I'm aware of their requirements but I want member experiences in relation to their behaviors.
The tank would be heavily planted, sand substrate, and a peaceful to semi-aggressive community. I realize the 30g would be too small for the yoyo and dojo loaches.
The tank would look something like this:
55g|Heavily Planted|Sand Substrate
6x sterbai cory
3x dwarf otocilinus
8-10x cardinal tetra OR rummynose tetra
3x dwarf gourami (1 M, 2 F)
Happy fish keeping!
Personally i will resign from an idea to keep corys and small tetras with Botias. They can be scared by fast and big loaches. Corys will be permanently losing the battle for food. And tetras also don't like fast water flow. Whereas every single botia loves it! Mixing loaches with those species in one tank is a little bit like mixing them with malawi cichlids.
They are not social. They do not care if the fish invading their territory is a female of the same species. They only tolerate females long enough to breed, then she is kicked out. Out of the territory, perhaps out of the tank.
Some males are less pushy, and might tolerate the females if there is a lot of places where the females can get out of site of the males- tall plants are probably best.
You can try keeping 1M + 2F, but have a back up plan ready.
Honey Gouramis are not quite so aggressive, as long as there is a lot of plants at and near the surface for the females to get out of site of the males.
Pearls are generally more peaceful toward their own species, though I have heard one report of more aggressive Pearls. I know they are bigger than the rest of the stocking list, but they are OK with them. They are not for fast moving water, though. (none of the Gouramis do well in fast moving water).
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Dwarf gouramis are overbred, aggressive & disease prone; I almost never see females any more. I agree with Diana--honeys or pearls would get my vote; 1 M & 2 F or 2 & 3 or 4F.
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