Also, just to be clear the loaches (and no animal) will truly clean the substrate. They will eat any food missed by the other fish but you should ensure any bottom feeders actually get fed as well. BTW, what are your other tank inhabitants?
I'd never describe Dojos as able to clean the substrate; they are very messy fishes in my experience. They do remove a snail problem and will eat up most other undesirables you may not have noticed in the substrate.IsaacL wrote:I have a 55g planted tank and want to add a loach to clean the sand substrate. I don't have much experience with them and was wondering if they would do a good job cleaning the sand and eating snails.
If you do keep dojos, be sure to have a tight lid on your tank, and seal up any holes not being used for tubing or other equipment. Dojos are notorious for escaping their aquariums, and can live outside of the tank for quite some time. They store oxygen in their bodies.
They are a cooler water fish.
I haven't found mine to ever spit out pellets. If the pellets are hard, before they soften up and begin dissolving, the dojos will pick at them. Once they soften up, they'll take chunks off of them, and have to compete with my other fish for them. My Rosy Barbs also like the pellets, and often push away my dojos to get at them. Everyone still manages to get enough to eat, though.
In what other ways are dojos messy? I haven't found mine to be that way.
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