The Darios are wonderfully active and totally hold their own with the barbs at feeding time.
Hopefully I’ve successfully attached a recent video. The only time I’ve heard that wonderful loachy clicking is when I feed algae wafers. They love them!
On a side note, you can avoid the food arguments by feeding small pellets. New Life Spectrum and Northfin do really good quality food and for the size of your loaches the 1mm pellets will do them well. I started doing that years ago with my clown loaches as the bullies would otherwise just run away with the big pellets in their mouths...This way I always managed to keep multiple bottom dwellers together with no negative effects. I have corydoras, khuli loaches, pleco, SAEs which also feed at the bottom and denison barbs which these days would line up for where the food is although they prefer to feed in the water column.
I’ll feed the sids maybe a bit more frozen food.
I do actually feed the Darios the New Life spectrum mini pellets every morning. But I’ve been alternating the afternoon feeding with Hikuri algae wafers and some sort of frozen food (thawed in tank water).
I only feed them twice a day; at 8 am when I get up and about 2 pm right before I leave for work. I know it would be better to do a third feeding but I don’t want to disturb the tanks when I get home at midnight after lights have been off and all are quiet.
We just installed a 5 phase RO/DI system from Bulk Reef Supply so on my day off today, I’ll be testing the water made from my well water, mixing in my additives and testing again and doing a water change in my 40 g. ( only scissortail rasboras in the 40 g right now). Fingers crossed all goes well!
My plan is to temporarily remove the rasboras and rescape the 40 this weekend.
Monitor for about a week to make sure the tank stays stable, then add the cherry barbs that I have in yet another holding tank. Monitor for another week and then finally add the sids to their new home!
And I’ll be excited to get down to only 2 tanks for maintenance lol!
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These are lovely loaches.
I also use small pellets and spread them over a wider area so the dominant fish can't stop others feeding.
Like other have said, smaller food allows everyone to get some without much fighting...although some sparring is part of the loachy charm, lol.
On the water changes, I'd try for more than 20% 2x/week if you can. There's nothing like clean water to grow young fish & keep them healthy.
Is was you who had sids before, correct? And spoke so highly of them.
And had to rehome them when you went to university?
I remembered that story when my LFS told me they had some in.
And yes, I break the algae wafers into smaller pieces to try and eliminate squabbling. But of course, there may be 3 pieces laying in the vicinity, but they will choose to want to converge on only one piece lol!
NancyD, I have a frozen variety pack and it does contain bloodworms. I do cut up the squares but I’ll be a bit more cognizant about making sure the bloodworms are small enough.
And now that we have our own RO/DI system setup, I can do larger water changes. I could only haul 30 gallons at a time from my LFS.
Thanks for all the advice. Very helpful as I delve into the world of loaches!
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