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clown loaches need advice please!

Posted by davekyn (My Page) on
Sun, May 14, 06 at 9:00

I want to provide a good home for some clown loaches and cant afford to buy another tank so I was wondering if it would be OK to put in 5 clown loaches into the following Tank set-up and Im also open to any feed back or tips to better set up my tank with clown loaches in mind.

The tank is a Large 4 foot, that is to say 48 by 18 by 18
(Wider than a standard 12inch width)

Its currently got an Internal Bio Filter running via a Power Head a long rectangular tube that runs parallel to the back wall with a foam filter at opposite end to the pump. The system seems to run well and provides lots of current. There is a slight tinge of red from the bio rock inside the tubing. The stain is no real problem as it blends into the stain from the drift- wood (wood still only a few months old)
To combat the staining problem (more so from the driftwood) which I believed triggered the Bristlenose to breed (just my observation-may not of been that way) I hung some aquarium charcoal in a stocking situated in the side of the tank that has the current and after a couple of days the stain was completely removed. I still get a slight tinge if I dont keep replacing the charcoal but I like the effect, as it looks more natural with all the wood and plants I have.

SubstrateAverage sized rounded gravel, which I darkened with heaps of black.

Aeration consists of an air disc plus an air tube run by a strong pump, which provides plenty of bubbles. Decor consists of 5 large pieces of driftwood (Mid section of tank), 4 bristle nose logs, 3 Rock Caves, & an assortment of imitation plastic/clay Aquarium hiding places to suit the natural look & provide several more hide outs.

Plenty of True Aquatic plants such as anoobis and Java fern and several other potted varieties. Temperature - 27.Degrees Celsius.

Current Population:
12 Neon Tetras
12 Glowlight Tetras
5 Albino Cory catfish, which are very healthy and active; as are all the fish!
6 Bristlenose catfish
And toooooo many bloody snailsssssssssss!

I have a stack of baby BristlenoseThey wont stop populating. At this stage there seems to be three separate broods from 2cm 1cm 1/3 cm. Ive enjoyed watching all the breeding going on and the results, as I did initially set the tank up for them to breed, but now they seem to be breeding like guppies. Im hopping the intro of the clown loaches will offset their breeding habits at least to some degree.

So, with the above set-up and current population, do you think I can get away with 5 clown loaches? I made sure the lay out, has left plenty of lapping room (END to END) at the font and back of the tank. And Ill make more low level hiding places too. I just cant afford to make many major changes as the whole set-up has cost me a small fortune over time! Any feedback would be greatly appreciated, thankyou.

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: clown loaches need advice please!

I keep 4 Cl in a paludarium along with 18 cardinal tetras. I maintain the water depth at 10 to 12 inches so this is only about 30 gallons of water. The rest of the area is for terrestrial plants.18x48 75 gallon.
CL can get around a foot long so obviously more space would be appreciated..
Would think the CL would be pushing the limits of your setup though I've had no problem with mine. They do seem a bit nervous in the shallow water and are constantly hiding
in the caves. I intend to move them to my 1000 gallon pond when i get it arranged. Hoping to be able to spawn them.

RE: clown loaches need advice please!

That's about a 75 gallon tank right? You should do fine with them in there. They can get quite large in the wild but an average tank size is six inches or less.


RE: clown loaches need advice please!

Clown Loaches grow at a slow rate, about 1/2" a year. They should take care of the snails. If you can though get a smaller tank to keep a population of snails in for food. I find the snails useful down the road. The snails population (if we're talking about the little hitch hiking pond snails) will go down once you get the proper balance of lighting,nutrients and plant growth. Less food = less snail population. The snails will keep the plant leaves "clean". Oto cats are good for this to, but the snails seem to do a better job IME. Provide plenty of "caves" for the loaches by stacking rocks or using PVC pipe and fittings. People have made some really cool, natural look "caves" using PVC and cementing/siliconing sand and rocks to it.

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