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New tank advice

Post by Resolution » Fri Sep 04, 2020 11:33 pm

New to clown Loaches but I love them, currently have a 30 gallon with 7 clown loaches they are very very small at this point. Just received a 55 gallon tank which I ill be setting up very soon, I know I made a few mistakes with the 30 gallon and want to avoid any more mistakes.

Any advice from anyone would be greatly appreciated in setting new tank up and making the move from one tank to the other as stress free as possible for the fish.

thanks in advance

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Re: New tank advice

Post by NancyD » Sun Sep 06, 2020 8:25 pm

Well, the 55g is ok for a year or maybe 2 if you're very good about changing lots of water every week (30-80% is a goal). Young fish should probably be fed smaller amounts twice/day if you can...& can keep their water very clean. They will grow to 4-6 inches in that time, maybe 9-10+ inches eventually so...start saving for a 6ft tank or more!

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Re: New tank advice

Post by redshark1 » Mon Sep 07, 2020 7:10 am

I would move the substrate and filter over to the new tank to keep the cycle.

Clown Loaches would need a tank to themselves in my opinion, perhaps with a few dither fish (I use Congo Tetras).

Minimum recommended shoal size for Clown Loaches is six (preferably more).

Minimum recommended tank size for 6-7 Clown Loaches is 6' x 2' x 2' containing 180 US gallons / 150 UK gallons / 700 litres (preferably larger).

Recommended Temp 78-82F.

Watch out for Whitespot (they typically get it when newly introduced).

They can demolish plants so a planted tank may not be possible.

I keep six in a 110g (6' x 18" x 18") but that's because information was non-existant and I was actually recommended a 3ft tank 25 years ago.

They can be kept in a smaller tank than the minimum given but will be stunted and although it was once the norm this is not considered acceptable these days.
6 x Clown Loaches all twenty-six years of age on 01.01.20, largest 11.5", 2f4m, aquarium 6' x 18" x 18" 400 ltr = 110 US gal.

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