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Weather loach tankmates

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 5:59 am
by Squeep

We have two new weather loaches. They seem to be very greedy (serious nibbling of our hands). I was planning on having them with my hillstream loaches (sewellia lineolatas) but now a bit dubious that they'll be eaten!

Does anyone keep weather loaches and sewellias together?

If these can't be together we'll get another big tank (they're in a quarantine tank right now)... are there any 'clean up crew' fish you can keep with weather loaches or are they better just kept alone? Or any other fish generally? Or invertebrates?

Ps One is grey and now called Pebble, the other is a shiny opal type colour (yellowy orangey bronzey) and needs a name! If anyone has ideas?

Thanks in advance!

Re: Weather loach tankmates

Posted: Sat Oct 19, 2019 3:30 am
by Bas Pels
Weather loaches come from nortern, quiet, waters. They can breath air, because the water can be poor in oxygen. That is, the water can be very filthy.

Sewellia come from fast moving waters, very clean, very rich in oxygen, that is saturated in oxygen.

Perhaps the temperatures pH and hardness of their preference may be similar (I would not know) but I would never put them in the same tank.

Re: Weather loach tankmates

Posted: Sat Oct 19, 2019 4:52 am
by Squeep
Ok thank you for your reply

Re: Weather loach tankmates

Posted: Sat Oct 19, 2019 10:44 pm
by NancyD
Maybe think about rosy barbs or denisonii barbs as tankmates. Like Bas Pels said sewellia are not the best choice.