I always loved loaches - since I first saw them in the LFS when I was 3, Now I am 15 - and when I first saw this site I was over the moon - so i had to join!
Currently, I have a 64g land hermit crab tank which housed 6 hermies - soon to be getting some more, my last purchases died due to the bad conditions in store, they were pity purchases - and I have a 1.5g pool inside the hermie tank which housed MTS and pond snails.
I also looking after my parents 65g corner tank for the past year well, currently in the tank we have:
8 BN - not including fry
1 Bueno Aires tetra
3 Kuhli's (I think they are either P.semicincta or P.kuhlii)
1 clown loach
I know the tank isn't the best tank in the world, here are my reasons:
- Guppies breed like mad
- BN breed like rabbits (or rabbits breed like BN!)
- Once I had a overload of platy, thought I got rid of them all but looks like i missed one
- BA tetra has a habit of killing his own kind, 2 times I have introduced a shoal of his own kind to find him killing them
And what I plan to do:
- In the next week or so, planning to get rid of most of the guppies except 2 one eyed males that was attacked by some barbs (not tigers) that were aggressive
- If I can catch most of the large BN - not my mating pair or my fry - they will be gone too! Any suggestions how to get capture them?
Me and my dad was sucked into the "snail-infestation" problem and got a clown to help us! True, he did his job well, but now we stuck with a fish that will outgrow our tank! And, if our area wasn't a problem, I would totally give it to somebody that could look after him well, but alas, I seen people wanting clowns for the 30cm cubes! Also, my dad is worried by the idea of a snail infestation and isn't easily swayed, so reasoning with him is impossible! What can I do? I hoping of upgrading my kuhlii school soon, when I get rid of most of the guppies!
I would like to start fresh with this tank since i looking after it and would like to turn it into something like this:
4 - 6 angels (when one pairs, get rid of rest)
8 Stripped Kuhlii (P. kuhlii or P.semicincta - whatever they are!
6 Black Kuhlii (P. oblonga)
4 - 6 yoyos
What can I do about the clown though, would it be happy with shoaling with the yoyos? Or would it be better to get 3 more and let the clown live in the 65g? My parents believe that the tank is big enough for the clown and everytime I bring it up they get a bit defensive and say, "I been keeping fish long then you have!" or "Yep, that is why he is happy" (and hiding as soon as someone comes 2 metres of the tank!) I could pull my hair out, my parents don't want to upgrade nor want to get another tank and do a water bridge and they pretty much kill me if I somehow got rid of it! Garh, what can I do???
(Sorry for my rant, but had to let it out!)