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ali12345
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Stunted clown loaches

Post by ali12345 » Mon Feb 06, 2017 8:41 am

I recently rehomed 2 clown loaches who have been kept in a max 3ft tank for 8 - 9 years and possibly underfed too from reports but cannot be sure. They appear to be healthy and proportionate but are less than 5" long including tails. They originally had 4 loaches but the others had died over the years.
I will slowly build up their food intake in the quarantine tank but I was wondering if there could be anything causing this other than environment or genetics such as an infection ?
I would hate to add them to my own shoal including a large 10 year old fish, and spread disease. But they do look healthy.
Has anyone had this issue before?

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Re: Stunted clown loaches

Post by redshark1 » Tue Feb 07, 2017 1:11 pm

I think their current size is what I would expect for the size of their aquarium. If they are only 8-9 years in total then I think you can expect a lot more growth in a more suitable environment. Health is only something you can deduce but if they look healthy enough to go with the larger loaches I would think that they probably are.
6 x Clown Loaches (all twenty-four years of age on 01.01.18, largest is 11.5"), aquarium measures 6' x 18" x 18" 400l/110usgal.

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Re: Stunted clown loaches

Post by ali12345 » Sat Feb 11, 2017 9:56 am

Thanks - I will leave them a few weeks to make sure they are eating well and then move them over .

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Re: Stunted clown loaches

Post by redshark1 » Sun Feb 12, 2017 2:31 am

Well done for giving them home. I hope they do well in your care and add to your pleasure.
6 x Clown Loaches (all twenty-four years of age on 01.01.18, largest is 11.5"), aquarium measures 6' x 18" x 18" 400l/110usgal.

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Re: Stunted clown loaches

Post by NancyD » Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:15 pm

If their bodies look in proper proportions & you think they were underfed long term, I'd guess they'll be ok, but still quarantine them for 4+ weeks just to be sure. Stunted fish often look short in length & tall in body height. No point in endangering your long kept loaches no matter how sorry you are for them. Good rescue! & good luck!
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