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sampster5000
11-29-2010, 3:58 PM
Hello everyone. I am pretty sure that I will be completely re-doing my 75 gallon tank. I was wondering what a good number of clown loaches for this size of tank would be. I am not talking about what a good number would be when they are all over a foot long. I am saying what would be a good number for atleast 2-3 years before I could upgrade my tank size. Another question I have is if it is okay to keep other loaches with CL's or if the CL group would mess them up. The only other fish I would keep in the tank would be a pair of convicts and possibly a school of tetras. Thanks!

Sonny503
11-29-2010, 4:24 PM
I'm growing 8 of them out in a 75G right now. I run 2 Fluval 404s with my 75G. WC 20% every 2 days, becomes a PITA. Lots of hidding places, 4 Anubias plants, and I am thinking I can probably add 3-4 more. Until my 125G is ready next month. For your 75G, depending on your filtration, I say, 7 (under 3-4 inches ) is a good number,

Aphilophus
11-29-2010, 5:08 PM
i have 7 clowns 6 yoyos in a 90 gal. with schools of varies barbs. i do 50% wc every 4 days or so. i would think you could do 13 or so start with the young ones feed them well till they start to put on weight then normal feeding will work. also i would not do loaches with convicts.

sampster5000
11-30-2010, 1:29 AM
i have 7 clowns 6 yoyos in a 90 gal. with schools of varies barbs. i do 50% wc every 4 days or so. i would think you could do 13 or so start with the young ones feed them well till they start to put on weight then normal feeding will work. also i would not do loaches with convicts.

Any reason why you would not put them with convicts?

Thanks for the replies. Those are both around the number I was looking for. I was thinking 6 to 10. I bet I will have my 125 gallon by the time they become 3-4 inches. That is if they really do take years to grow that large. I'm not in a hurry or trying to speed up their growth. Just want to enjoy a group of them. I am glad to see that I can keep some other loaches with them.

aclockworkorange
11-30-2010, 6:03 AM
They really do take that long to grow large! I think you're good with the 6-10 number, just keep those nitrates at bay!

JokerIndustries
11-30-2010, 6:07 AM
are they dirty fish? like goldfish

Lupin
11-30-2010, 9:43 AM
are they dirty fish? like goldfish
Not much comparison but clowns are ridiculously slow growers. You need to give them space allowance if you want them to grow properly.

Josh the Happy
11-30-2010, 4:03 PM
I have a WAY overstocked 55 with 11 loaches. emperor 400 & eheim 2217, (moving to new house this month, permanent tank shortly thereafter.)
This was intended like a growout tank like yousr, but i went overboard, constant change-outs, had to cut meats - shrimp, chicken, worms - out the diet for a while, you should be fine, don't go crazy like i did and you wont have to change your water out daily.

sampster5000
11-30-2010, 4:39 PM
Thanks everyone. I will be doing a lot of reading on clowns and other loaches until I know for sure what I need to do. Its looking like I need some powerheads in there and a better heater!

Sab_Fan
11-30-2010, 11:19 PM
Any reason why you would not put them with convicts?


wouldn't worry about it ... loaches can handle themselves quite nicely ... I had clowns with convicts, never an issue

I currently keep yo-yo loaches with convicts, and again, no worries ...

sampster5000
12-01-2010, 1:55 AM
wouldn't worry about it ... loaches can handle themselves quite nicely ... I had clowns with convicts, never an issue

I currently keep yo-yo loaches with convicts, and again, no worries ...

Thanks! That makes me feel better. There are so many factors in a tank to make something happen. If there is aggression from convict to clown loach there was probably a cause of stress from something like high nitrates, starving, etc. We'll see how it goes!

paradunga
01-06-2011, 9:39 PM
This guy is the greatest clown loach keeper in Brazil. He keeps 31 in a 118 gal tank.

http://www.vitoriareef.com.br/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2800

cheers

paradunga
01-07-2011, 1:24 PM
This guy is the greatest clown loach keeper in Brazil. He keeps 31 in a 118 gal tank.

http://forums.loaches.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=8460

XRS
01-11-2011, 11:24 PM
for a 75g assuming your planning to have otherfish... I would do atleast 20 loaches if you love them that much as I do. even with 20 loaches ranging from 3 to 4" that would be a joke to a 75g. Its really a very broad question though.... cause if your able to provide more filtration than needed and your willing to do more frequent wc than you can put a LOT more loaches in a 75g but if you dont have taht much time to do maintenance than you shouldn't keep too many. The thing with Clown loaches is that the more you have the more crazier they get =D and its soo much fun watching a HUGE army of loaches having a party everyday!

So if I had a 75g with no other fish.... I would probably do around 50 loaches ranging from 2" to 4"+ with an a lot of filteration and daily WC with Aged water (atleast 24hours w/ Prime).

Scuba_Kid
01-11-2011, 11:35 PM
50 loaches? thats a ton! Do you have any experience with that?

XRS
01-12-2011, 12:22 AM
50 loaches? thats a ton! Do you have any experience with that?


With over filtration and daily wc it can be done. JDM Style

Check this guy out 101 clown loaches.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zskh3NuZQo

XRS
01-12-2011, 12:40 AM
Also Check out this DIY Nitrate Remove to reduce Nitrates to 0
http://www.monsterfishkeepers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=180385