You can try fresh or lightly cooked vegetables, and if you can get the Repashy foods, a lot of fish will eat these when they do not eat dry foods.
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I use: Tetramin, Sera discus, Frozen Brine shrimp, ...
Gastromyzon is more complicated. I have never seen them on the bottom of tank (I have akadama on the bottom of tank). They move only on glass and stones. I have never seen them eat anything but algae. I cant recommend you this fish. They are hidden during day and on rare occasions, when I see them, they are easily spooked by any move around the tank.
Different "algae wafers" (& other foods) have wheat or other non-fish, non-algae as the first ingredient or 2. Read the labels, some of the "big name" foods are not that great. & our hillstreams are not really algae eaters, they're auf wuchs grazers, they are eating the micro-goodies that live with/on the algae.
Do you have live plants? I have a fairly heavily planted "river-ish" tank (no manifold) & have seen sewellia & stiphodon gobies (but not gastros) grazing on leaves. The gastros (ctenocephalus) are pretty shy in my tank, they may do it too. My sewellia F-1s have bred at least twice so I assume they're pretty happy. My plants include bolbitus, java fern & moss, cryptocorynes, "jungle" vallisneria (probably natans or spiralis) & a couple unhappy stem plants under 2 T-5 bulbs.
In my main tank I have java fern, anubias nana, bolbitis and ... something that escapes me right now lol. The java fern and anubias are on a cholla log and that's a favorite hangout of the the sewellia - they might be nibbling on the plants.
Do you have a favorite wafer you feed? I have gravel substrate and I'm worried any loose food like bloodworms will get blown away or sink into the gravel where the sewellia can't get to them. I'm going to try Repashy again and see if it stays together longer.
Do you feed every day? What's your usual schedule of feeding what/how often?
I love that you've spawned sewellia! Congratulations! Maybe eventually I'll be able to do that too.
Can you move some of the plants to your Q tank? I forget which "algae wafers" I've looked at, Hikari is not so good, it may be the "lesser" Wardley's that is better, I don't recall. Ken's fish has some good foods...but read the ingredient list, not all are great. I'm getting ready to order from Ken, I used to live close to him. Diana likes Almost Natural or something like that, I hope she'll chime in here.
Like I said, my sewellia were first generation bred from wilds (F-1) so that may have made them both easier to feed & breed...but I strongly believe plants help a lot. How long are your lights on? What lighting?
I moved the java fern/anubias cholla into the quarantine tank and they're already on it.
I had to vacuum out most of the 2 wafers I put in the tank today. I'm trying not to mess with them too much so I might feed wafers every other day and vacuum the next day. Maybe I could put the wafers in a tray so it's easier to clean up? Hmm, I might try that with the Repashy too.
Still, they do need to have sufficient cover, and obviously, that is a bit in conflict with what you want to do in a quarantaine tank± observe in order to ascertain the fish are OK.
Personally, I would rather be certain the fish will remain good, than be certain they are OK. That is, I would provide a lot of cover, but I´m certain other think differently.
Preventing the need of vacuming would help too. I´ve no personal experience with Repashy, but as far as I know, it does have the advantage of being easy to remouve, if needed
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Thanks for all the help!
I'd like to make a rock pile in my main tank for them to hide in and for aufwuchs to grow on but I don't want it to tumble down on them. Do you have suggestions on how to "glue" rocks together to keep them from falling? Superglue doesn't seem like it's strong enough. Maybe acrylic sealant?
My tank is a 4 x 1ft 55g & I use 2 Aqua Clear 70s & a Maxijet powerhead (1200?) with sponge prefilters on the intakes. The sponges also grow "goodies" & keep big detritus, snails & possible fry out of the filters.
There are many "right ways" to keep hillstream loaches. Find a set up, water change schedule & foods that work for you & your fish.
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